Gossip column: Falcao, Kane, Martinez, De Gea, Berahino

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Liverpool are keen to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 29. Chelsea are also interested in the Colombian, who spent last season on loan at Manchester United. (Star)external-link

United, meanwhile, are ready to bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

The Red Devils have already agreed a fee of £13m for Hoffenheim's Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, 23. (ESPN Brazil via Talksport)external-link

Friday's Times back page
The back page of Friday's Times

Arsenal and Manchester United target Jackson Martinez, 28, is on the verge of a move to a top European club, according to the Porto striker's agent.(O Jogo via Mail)external-link

Real Madrid are determined to agree a deal for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, before they head to Australia for their pre-season tour on 13 July.(Telegraph)external-link

West Ham are in talks over a £5m permanent deal for 27-year-old Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and are also interested in Marseille winger Dimitri Payet, 28.(Telegraph)external-link

New Hammers manager Slaven Bilic says his return to the club is a "double bingo".(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, 28, will have to take a big pay cut to join Scottish champions Celtic. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

West Bromwich Albion are keen on Chelsea's 21-year-old striker Patrick Bamford, who has two years remaining on his contract. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis, 29, could stay at Stamford Bridge despite an unsuccessful first season, saying it is up to the club to decide his fate. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Tim Sherwood is poised to make former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 26, his first signing as Aston Villa manager. (Mail)external-link

New Newcastle manager Steve McClaren wants to revamp his attack by signing QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, and West Brom forward Saido Berahino, 21.(Mirror)external-link

McClaren also wants 26-year-old West Ham striker Andy Carroll, who began his career at St James' Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Liverpool could complete the signing of Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, 27, in the next 24 hours.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Christian Benteke
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke scored 13 league goals last season

Former West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, is set to quit Lazio without playing a match for the Serie A club - and QPR are ready to sign him. (Mirror)external-link

Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli wants Spurs to sign 24-year-old Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, whom he plays alongside for Belgium. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

England goalkeeper Joe Hart said "everyone's a comedian nowadays" after criticism following the Three Lions' goalless draw against Republic of Ireland. (Star)external-link

Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul, 29, is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane - but Spurs want £5m to let him go.(Guardian)external-link

West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt hopes the club will offer a new contract to 35-year-old defender Gareth McAuley, his Northern Ireland team-mate. (Sky Sports)external-link

Slovenia defender Branko Ilic, 32, believes his side can achieve a "positive result" against England in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Best of social media

Rio Ferdinand and a dog
Rio Ferdinand posted this picture of himself enjoying lunch with a dog in Portugal

Former Newcastle United keeper Steve Harper has welcomed the appointment of Steve McClaren as the club's new head coach, writing on Twitter:external-link "Good appointment by @NUFC so let's hope Steve McClaren is the man to get them back into the top six and hopefully win a Cup too!"

Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen tweetedexternal-link he "can't wait to get going" on his 4,000-mile charity bike ride across the United States.

And finally

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli stopped questions from journalists in his native Italy after claiming to no longer speak Italian.(London Evening Standard)external-link