Gossip column: Kane, De Bruyne, Hernandez, Stones, De Gea

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Manchester United have made discreet enquiries about signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, and would make a move if given any encouragement. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester City believe they can secure the signing of Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 24, before they play his former club Chelsea on Sunday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea are set to increase their bid to £30m in their attempts to sign England central defender John Stones, 21, from Everton. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Toffees manager Roberto Martinez says Stones is "an incredible professional" who will not "sulk" if the move to Stamford Bridge does not materialise. (Guardian)external-link

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West Ham will offer Manchester United £12m for striker Javier Hernandez, 27, after having an initial £8.5m bid rejected. (Daily Star)external-link

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he signed £6m striker Rudy Gestede, 26, from Blackburn following a recommendation from former Wales international Craig Bellamy. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

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Sherwood also says no Premier League manager can match his commitment to giving English players opportunities. (Independent)external-link

Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 30, could be out for three months following surgery on his ankle injury this week. (Daily Express)external-link

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he intends to stay loyal to the players who were part of his Championship-winning squad last season.(Bournemouth Daily Echo)external-link

Manchester United keeper David De Gea said he was ready to play against Tottenham last Saturday, despite manager Louis van Gaal's claim that the 24-year-old was lacking "focus" because of the intense speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes £49m summer signing Raheem Sterling, 20, could be worth £100m in the future. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Pellegrini, 61, admits his job will be at risk unless he wins the Premier League title this season. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Argentine defender Martin Demichelis, 33, believes Manchester City are favourites to regain the Premier League title. (Sky Sports)external-link

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to blame summer signing Petr Cech, 33, for his role in his side's 2-0 defeat by West Ham in their Premier League season opener. (Daily Star)external-link

Arsenal may have lost to West Ham but former Tottenham and QPR manager Harry Redknapp still believes they can win the Premier League title as long as they sign another leading striker. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says he is keen to sign more players to bolster his side and has urged Baggies fans to be patient as he tries to bring in reinforcements. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Swansea manager Garry Monk believes midfielder Jonjo Shelvey can earn an England recall after a change of attitude from the 23-year-old. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

FA chairman Greg Dyke is seeking to restrict the granting of work permits to foreign signings to allow greater opportunities for home-grown players. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Arsenal keeper Cech had a Premier League debut to forget for the Gunners in their 2-0 defeat by West Ham. He tweeted: "First game like this was not in the script - mistake and no points, but tomorrow is another day to get ready for the next game."

Petr Cech on Twitter

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna, 27, posted a picture on social mediaexternal-link of his team-mates celebrating on the bus home after the 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

West Ham players celebrate
West Ham players celebrate the Premier League win over Arsenal

And finally...

Schalke striker Franco Di Santo celebrated his side's 5-0 German Cup win over Duisburg by putting a spider down the back of team-mate Leroy Sane. (Metro) external-link

One Aston Villa supporter was so excited by Rudy Gestede's winner against Bournemouth on Saturday he fell out of the stand while celebrating. (Metro)external-link

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