Gossip column: Ramos, Pedro, Benzema, Adebayor, De Bruyne

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Manchester United's hopes of signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos have been revived with the 29-year-old growing frustrated by the Spanish giants' reluctance to meet his demands for a £135,000-a-week contract extension. (AS via Radio Cadena Ser)external-link

However United are reluctant to meet the £23m buy-out clause in Barcelona attacker Pedro's contract. The Old Trafford club believe the 28-year-old lacks resale value and think £17m is a fair price. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal are still confident of signing Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, 27, despite Gunners boss Arsene Wenger dismissing the move. (Daily Star)external-link

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor's move to Aston Villa looks to be off as the 31-year-old is refusing to move to the Midlands. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Villa will also miss out on defender Joleon Lescott, with West Brom set to offer the 32-year-old a new deal. (Mirror)external-link

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And Villa boss Tim Sherwood has offered £5m for Spurs winger Aaron Lennon, 28. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin has turned down a £88,000-a-week contract at Manchester City to stay in Spain after the Premier League side triggered his £28m release clause. (Marca)external-link

Inter Milan defender Danilo D'Ambrosio, 26, has failed to agree personal terms with West Ham after the two clubs settled on a £9m fee for him. (Talksport via Tuttomercatoweb)external-link

West Ham have secured the work permit necessary to take Atletico Madrid's 24-year-old striker Raul Jimenez on a season-long loan.(Daily Mail) external-link

The Hammers have also enquired about Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, 24, but the Italian could still join Fiorentina. (The Times)external-link

Everton and Tottenham are both in the market for Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda after AC Milan decided to sell the 29-year-old.(Daily Express/Tuttosport)external-link

West Brom are set to sign Arsenal's 20-year-old midfielder Serge Gnabry on a season-long loan deal.(Talksport)external-link

Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou is set to sign on loan for Portuguese side Benfica. The 27-year-old, who joined the Cottagers for a club-record £12m fee from Olympiakos in January 2014, could make the switch permanent for £4.2m at the end of the season. (Fulham and Hammersmith Gazette)external-link

Watford are close to signing Udinese's Rafael Romo, 25, as back up for first-choice goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.(Daily Mail)external-link

Wolfsburg's highly-rated midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has refused to say that he will start the season with the German club amid speculation linking him with a £40m move to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton are close to securing a loan deal for 19-year-old left-sided midfielder Tomas Andrade from River Plate.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Liverpool have secured a deal for sought-after 14-year-old Norwegian midfielder Edvard Tagseth, who plays for Neset FK Youth.(Tronder-Avisa)external-link

Leicester face competition from West Ham, Schalke and Fiorentina for Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler despite agreeing a fee of £3.1m with Napoli for the 31-year-old.(Daily Mail)external-link

Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, who chose not to renew his contract with Leicester, is close to agreeing a deal with Greek side Olympiakos.(SportsDNA - in Greek)external-link

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy refused to be drawn on reports that the club have bid £250,000 for Hearts' 19-year-old defender Jordan McGhee.(East Anglian Daily Times)external-link

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Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale belatedly high-fives Toni Kroosexternal-link after his German team-mate failed to spot his outstretched palm during their friendly defeat by Bayern Munich.

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, heavily linked with Real Madrid, has finally been pictured in the Red Devils' new strip on Instagram. A sponsorship wrangle prevented him taking part in the original launch, sparking rumours that a deal had been agreed with Real. (101 Great Goals)external-link

And finally...

Norrkoping captain Andreas Johansson has said he was "very ashamed" after his dramatic attempt to fake an injury went viral. (ESPN)external-link

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