Gossip column: Neymar, Vardy, Wanyama, Ronaldinho, Sturridge

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Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 30, is reconsidering a potential move to a Serie A club this summer because he wants to work with new manager Pep Guardiola. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano "courted" football agent Pere Guardiola to persuade his brother Pep to become the Premier League club's new manager. (Telegraph)external-link

Barcelona forward Neymar's dad has told a Spanish judge that an unnamed club has offered £144.4m for the 23-year-old Brazil international. (Sun)external-link

Southampton's Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, is stalling on a new contract at St Mary's amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The Daily Mirror back page
The Daily Mirror back page leads on Newcastle's latest defeat

The Premier League's bottom club Aston Villa are making contingency plans in case Remi Garde quits as manager. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, is prepared to leave the club in the summer becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, has returned to full training but the England international is unlikely to feature in Saturday's Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Liverpool target Alex Teixeira, 26, is set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in a deal worth £37m. (Calciomercato)external-link

Turkish club Fenerbahce claim Liverpool will not sell Lazar Markovic, 21, even if they offer the Reds £20m for the on-loan Serbia winger. (Turkish newspaper Sabah, via the Independent)external-link

Former England defender Ashley Cole's move to LA Galaxy will see the 35-year-old receive just £4,000-a-week in wages. (LA Times)external-link

Leicester City came close to selling Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy, 29, to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday six months ago in a £5m deal. (Football Insider)external-link

The Foxes made an ambitious January transfer window bid to sign former Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldinho, 35, who is a free agent since leaving Fluminense in September. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Atletico Madrid plan to re-sign Chelsea forward Diego Costa, 27, this summer with the money they made selling striker Jackson Martinez, 29, to Guangzhou Evergrande in January. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Daily Star back page
The Daily Star back page

West Ham are in talks with Barcelona about arranging a friendly on 3 August as their first match at the Olympic Stadium. (Sun)external-link

Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, insists he does not deserve his reputation as a disruptive influence and says the Eagles' supporters "already love me". (Evening Standard)external-link

Sunderland's new signing Dame N'Doye, 30, says his experience of a Premier League relegation battle with Hull City last season will prove invaluable during his loan spell at the Stadium of Light.(Daily Mirror)external-link

West Brom captain Darren Fletcher, 32, says Swansea fans taunted him over his career-threatening bowel condition.(Express & Star)external-link

Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster has urged his team-mate Saido Berahino, 22, to quit social media "and delete all that rubbish".(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Championship side Leeds United hope to sign Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, 28, when the Football League's emergency loan window opens next week.(Yorkshire Post)external-link

Best of social media

It began with what seemed like a gesture of solidarity, but a Twitter exchange between Southampton and Portsmouth escalated into a zesty examination of their south-coast rivalry.

Southampton tweet
This is what Southampton tweeted after Morecambe's goalkeeper equalised in stoppage time against Portsmouth on Tuesday
In reply, Pompey brought up the time they scored a dramatic late leveller themselves - against Saints
Southampton tweet
Saints weren't done - reminding Pompey that they were actually relegated that year (2012)
Portsmouth tweet
But it was League Two Portsmouth who claimed the moral victory, illustrating it with a fishy

Meanwhile, Eric Dier was seemingly in nostalgic mood, posting this picture of fellow Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Instagram.external-link

Dele Alli aged about 10
Is this Alli's pensive look?

Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayewexternal-link has apologised on Instagram following his red card for elbowing West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell at Upton Park on Tuesday.


And finally

A French artist has opened an exhibition featuring photos of Zinedine Zidane's last 100 days as a footballer. (AS - in Spanish)external-link

New Bayern Munich loan signing Serdar Tasci, 28, missed his own presentation at the club after suffering a minor concussion in his first training session. (ESPN) external-link