Gossip column: Muller, Van Persie, Begovic, Szczesny, Austin

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Manchester United will step up their pursuit of Bayern Munich's World Cup-winning forward Thomas Muller, 25, after agreeing to sell 31-year-old striker Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce. (Daily Star)external-link

Netherlands international Van Persie says he is leaving after three years at Old Trafford because he feels "betrayed". (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, is set to complete an £8m move to Chelsea with Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 22, moving the other way as part of the deal.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Sevilla, West Ham United and Orlando want the Red Devils' £8m-rated striker Javier Hernandez. The 27-year-old Mexico international is out for four weeks with a broken collarbone.(Daily Mail)external-link

Newcastle United must pay Queens Park Rangers £15m if they want to sign 26-year-old striker Charlie Austin.(Evening Chronicle)external-link

Daily Star
The back page of Friday's Daily Star claims Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller

Crystal Palace also want former Burnley player Austin - and will make an initial offer of £6m plus two players in part exchange.(Guardian) external-link

Tottenham want £15m for 23-year-old winger Andros Townsend, who is wanted by Aston Villa and Sunderland.(Daily Mail)external-link

Middlesbrough's former England defender Jonathan Woodgate, 35, is to retire from playing and is in talks with Boro over a coaching role.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Liverpool are set to name midfielder Jordan Henderson, 25, as their new captain following Steven Gerrard's move to Los Angeles Galaxy.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Crystal Palace's former Blackburn defender Scott Dann, 28, has been offered a new contract worth about £65,000 a week.(Daily Express) external-link

Udinese's Cameroon defender Allan Nyom, 27, has been unable to agree personal terms with Premier League newcomers Watford.(Watford Observer)external-link

Newly appointed Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has banned his players from swearing, forbidden them from using mobile phones at work and sent two players home for arriving at training five minutes late.(Daily Mirror)external-link

McClaren is confident the Magpies are closing in on summer targets - with Anderlecht's Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, set to be the first signing.(Evening Chronicle)external-link

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says Argentina defender Santiago Vergini, 26, is not part of his plans for the forthcoming season.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

Daily Mirror
Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has banned his players from swearing, Friday's Daily Mirror reports

Stoke City have set a deadline to complete the signing of 23-year-old Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri, with assistant manager Mark Bowen saying: "There is a limit to how long we can wait."(Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has told Spurs fans to expect more signings this summer after revealing plans to move to a 61,000-capacity new stadium.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester City have flown to Australia for a pre-season tour with a squad including 17 youngsters. Only eight senior squad players - Willy Caballero, Richard Wright, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Fernando, Jesus Navas and Yaya Toure - were on the plane.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Best of social media

Ashley Young
Manchester United's players were quick to remind Ashley Young of his age after the winger turned up for training on his 30th birthday on Thursday

Arsenal's Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey reacted to the news his country has climbed to 10th in Fifa's latest rankings by tweeting:external-link "#TogetherStronger."

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper reacted on Twitterexternal-link after Elliott Lee, the son of former team-mate Rob, scored for West Ham in the Europa League on Thursday. "Delighted for a no doubt proud father in @7RobLee to see @ElliotLee9 score for West Ham tonight," wrote Harper.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane, who is still on holiday after playing for England at the European Under-21 Championship, tweeted his delight at Spurs' new stadium plans. "Enjoying my break and catching up on yesterday's news. New stadium designs look great! Can't wait to see @NFL there," he wrote on Twitter.external-link

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who is facing competition for a place in the side from new signing Petr Cech, posted a picture on Instagram announcing his engagement to girlfriend Marina Luczenko. "I'm delighted to confirm that my beautiful @marina_official said 'yes'," he wrote.external-link

And finally

An ostrich is listed at 500-1 by a bookmaker to be the next manager of Leicester City, a jokey reference to former Foxes boss Nigel Pearson's jibe at a journalist last season. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who retired after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2012, has graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in sports journalism. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

West Bromwich Albion have presented a fan with a signed Claudio Yacob shirt after he hitch-hiked from his home in Denmark to Austria to watch the Baggies in a pre-season friendly. (@WBAFCofficial)external-link

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