Gossip column: Stones, Pedro, Otamendi, Austin, Lamela

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Chelsea have made a new £30m bid for Everton defender John Stones, 21, but may have to increase that by a further £10m to sign the England international.(Telegraph)external-link

In addition to Stones, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be given funds by Russian owner Roman Abramovich to bring in two other top players before the transfer window closes following their disappointing start to the campaign. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tuesday's Daily Mail
Tuesday's Daily Mail

Everton will make a move for either Swansea's centre-half Ashley Williams, 30, or Napoli's defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 24, if Stones does leave Goodison Park.(Daily Star)external-link

Arsenal and Manchester United have been alerted to the availability of Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, who has been told he can leave Paris St-Germain in a cut-price deal.(Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City have been told they will have to increase their offer for 27-year-old Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi. (Sky Sports)external-link

City will not let France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 24, go to Valencia as part of any deal for Argentina international Otamendi.(Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United's chief executive Ed Woodward has flown to Barcelona in an attempt to conclude a deal for Spain international forward Pedro, 28. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Newcastle have pulled out of the running for QPR striker Charlie Austin, 26, with the Championship club holding out for a £15m fee.(Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Austin could be on the move, though, with West Ham keen to sign the former Burnley and Swindon striker.(Evening Standard) external-link

Newcastle are closing in on a £12m move for Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, 22, in a deal which could see Frenchman Remy Cabella, 25, move in the opposite direction.(Guardian)external-link

Tottenham's Argentine forward Erik Lamela, 23, could be a target for Juventus if the Italian champions are unable to buy team-mate and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 23.(Evening Standard)external-link

Tuesday's Sun back page
Tuesday's Sun back page

Sunderland want to bring Aston Villa utility player Kieran Richardson, 30, back to the Stadium of Light for a second spell.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Southampton are close to a deal to sign Napoli's French defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 24, for £8.5m and still have an interest in Celtic's Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 24.(Daily Star)external-link

Sunderland fear they will lose out to Inter Milan in their pursuit of Liverpool's Italian forward Fabio Borini, 24.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

West Bromwich Albion have made a £5m bid for Tottenham's Argentina defender Federico Fazio, 28, which leaves questions over 33-year-old Joleon Lescott's future at the Hawthorns.(Telegraph)external-link

Norwich want to sign Italian forward Mattia Destro, 24, on loan from Roma. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United will not make a move for a new defender after Spain international Sergio Ramos, 29, opted to stay at Real Madrid and sign a new contract.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, will consider sacking agent Jorge Mendes if he does not secure a move to Real Madrid by the end of the transfer window. (Independent)external-link

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has travelled to Croatia to open talks over a £4m deal to sign 21-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender Jozo Simunovic. (Daily Record)external-link

Best of social media

Diego Maradona Instagram picture with 1986 World Cup referee
Ali Bin Nasser was the referee for the England-Argentina World Cup quarter-final in 1986

Argentina legend Diego Maradona brought back painful memories for England fans when he met Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian referee from the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in Mexico, which saw his side knock out Bobby Robson's side with the help of the 'Hand of God goal'.

Maradona wrote on Facebook:external-link"I gave him an Argentina shirt and he gave me the picture of that game that hangs in his home. My dedication: 'For Ali, my eternal friend'".

Police tweet joke about man City
A Manchester United-supporting member of the constabulary brings a bit of light relief to his beat
Police tweet joke about man City
After beating Chelsea 3-0, City fans were probably able to see the funny side

And finally

Fenerbahce flew four-year-old Manchester United fan Louis Diamond out to Turkey to watch and meet striker Robin van Persie after seeing a clip of the youngster's devastation following the departure of his favourite player from Old Trafford last month. (Manchester Evening News)external-link