Gossip column: Ramos, Cabaye, Falcao, Benteke, Begovic

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Manchester United will only increase their £30m bid for Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 29, if Real Madrid agree to do the same for United's Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, 24. (Mirror)external-link

But Ramos's mother Paqui Garcia says her son wants to stay at the Bernabeu. (Antena 3 - in Spanish)external-link

Crystal Palace are in talks with Paris St-Germain about signing 29-year-old France midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who played under Palace boss Alan Pardew at Newcastle, for around £10m. (Guardian)external-link

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will pay Serie A side Udinese £4.4m for Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, 24. (Daily Star)external-link

Meanwhile, Stoke's Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, has his heart set on joining Chelsea, even as an understudy to number one Thibaut Courtois. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester City are facing a battle to secure their top two midfield targets this summer with Wolfsburg vowing to keep Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 24, and Juventus's French midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, waiting on the outcome of Barcelona's presidential elections before deciding on his future. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

City will therefore turn their attention to Napoli's Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik, 27, in a £20m deal. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

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Wednesday's back page of the Daily Star

Meanwhile, City are planning to replace manager Manuel Pellegrini with Pep Guardiola in 12 months' time, but the Chilean is determined to stay at Etihad Stadium and wants to open talks about a new contract.(Daily Star)external-link

Aston Villa want to sign Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, after his contract at Leicester City expired. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Newcastle United will have to pay more than £9m if they want to sign 26-year-old Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

However, another report states Wolfsburg have put a £30m price tag on Dutch striker Dost, 26. (Daily Express)external-link

Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates, 24, will make a permanent move to Sunderland from Liverpool after spending last season on loan at the Stadium of Light. (Guardian)external-link

Aston Villa's Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 24, would turn down a move to Tottenham even if a deal is agreed, as he favours Liverpool. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Atletico Madrid's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan, 28, a reported target for Chelsea and Manchester United, will announce which team he will join on Friday.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Chelsea are expected to confirm the loan signing of 29-year-old Monaco striker Radamel Falcao later this week, having already agreed personal terms on a £130,000-a-week deal. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Crystal Palace, West Ham and Marseille are in a three-way battle to sign Lille's Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 25. (Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, 33, is the subject of interest from West Bromwich Albion, while the England international has also been linked with QPR and Bournemouth. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Swansea's Wales full-back Jazz Richards, 24, will have a medical at Championship side Fulham on Wednesday before a permanent move. (Sky Sports)external-link

Newcastle's Nigeria winger Sammy Ameobi, 23, is set to sign a new deal and then join Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. (ESPN)external-link

West Brom are nearing a deal for QPR's Scotland winger Matty Phillips, 24, and have also offered a new contract to coach Gerry Francis. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Watford's new manager Quique Sanchez Flores is keen on striker Alvaro Vazquez, 24, and midfielder Pablo Sarabia, 23, who play for Spanish club Getafe.(Times - subscription required) external-link

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Chris Smalling at Machu Picchu

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been enjoying his holidays in Peru, where he has visited the world famous Machu Picchu and posted pictures on Instagram.external-link

Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair has announced on Instagramexternal-link that he has become a father after his girlfriend and former soap star Helen Flanagan gave birth to a daughter.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe showed off his musical side, playing the guitar at an open mic night and posted a picture on Instagram.external-link

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been swimming with dolphins in Dubai and posted a video of his encounter on Facebook.external-link

Striker Bafetimbi Gomis has posted a picture on Instagramexternal-link from the first day of pre-season training at Swansea with his team-mates including new signing Andre Ayew. He wrote: "The preparation for the season has already begun, welcome to my new French team-mates, we all hope that all together we will do something great this year."

Swansea manager Garry Monk also tweeted:external-link "Good to see all the players back fit and well #timetoprepare."

And finally

New Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed he is a long-term fan of celebrity Hornets supporter and former club owner Elton John. (Daily Express)external-link

The proposed transfer of ex-Arsenal striker Gervinho from Roma to United Arab Emirates club Al-Jazira has fallen through after the Ivory Coast international's excessive demands. Requests included a helicopter and a private beach as part of the deal. (Daily Telegraph)external-link