Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

AC Milan are leading the chase to sign Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and hope to clinch his signature during the summer, according to reports in Italy.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United will have to act fast if they want to sign Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia as mega-rich Russian club Anzhi have entered the race to sign him.

Full story: talkSPORT

Demba Ba insists he is happy at Newcastle and is not looking to cash in on his signing-of-the-season status with a big money move away.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Billy Davies has refused to rule himself out of the running for the vacant Leeds United job.

Full story: The Times (subscription needed)

Arsenal are ready to fight Chelsea for Lille's £30m-rated Belgian winger Eden Hazard, 21.

Full story: the Sun

Blackburn see Olhanense's Portugal Under-21 centre-back Andre Pinto as Chris Samba's replacement.

Full story: the Sun

Dimitar Berbatov, 31, will be handed a one-year contract extension by Manchester United.

Full story: the Sun

Wolves have joined the chase for Huddersfield Town goal machine Jordan Rhodes.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are fighting for Fiorentina and Montenegro striker Stefan Jovetic.

Full story: Daily Star

Former Rangers midfielder Alan Gow, 29, says he is ready to ignore government advice and kick-start his career in strife-torn Iran by signing for Rah Ahan.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Tottenham are ready to go head to head with Arsenal for Nottingham Forest's England Under-19s defender Jamaal Lascelles, 18.

Full story: Daily Mail

Chairman Huw Jenkins reckons Swansea City are about to secure the future of a star as manager Brendan Rodgers finalises a new three-year contract.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Everton made a deadline day move to sign Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, according to his Wolves team-mate Stephen Ward.

Full story: Liverpool ECHO

OTHER GOSSIP

Former England captain John Terry has told coach Fabio Capello he will be available for the European Championship in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

Fabio Capello believes the FA have wrecked his authority over the England players after bosses went over his head to axe John Terry as skipper.

Full story: Daily Star

Fabio Capello has risked a rift with members of his England squad by publicly insisting John Terry should not have been stripped of the captaincy.

Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea deny claims that owner Roman Abramovich held "showdown" talks with manager Andre Villas-Boas before the club's 3-3 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Full story: Metro

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been backed by Lyon manager Remi Garde to succeed Laurent Blanc as France coach after Euro 2012.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Former QPR manager Neil Warnock is chasing a £1m contract pay-off from the Premier League club.

Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish will order his players to acknowledge their supporters at the end of games after many of them ignored their away fans after the defeat at Newcastle.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Former Serbia boss Raddy Antic, 63, has applied for the Leeds United manager's post after Simon Grayson was sacked.

Full story: Yorkshire Evening Post

Wayne Rooney used Twitter to claim Luis Suarez should have been sent off against Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart admits he is flattered to be linked with the vacant England captaincy, but believes there are more obvious choices for the role.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel had to shepherd a cat off the pitch at Anfield, 11 minutes into Liverpool's league match against Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Brazilian star Neymar recently notched the 100th goal of his career on his 20th birthday - but instead of presenting him with a celebratory cake, his Santos team-mates decided to turn him into one.

Full story: Metro

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