Thursday's Gossip column

 

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Harry Redknapp wants to sign Blackburn defenders Martin Olsson, 24, and Scott Dann, 25, to help QPR beat the drop.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to sign Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 20, after making an £8million bid and hope to beat Southampton to the signature.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho joined Inter Milan in 2010

Captain Fabricio Coloccini, 31, has told Newcastle he does not want to play for them again.

Full story: The Independent 

Manchester United are ready to make a £10m summer bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21, after manager Sir Alex Ferguson watched him play this week.

Full story: The Sun 

New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not looking to sign players from former club Espanyol.

Full story: Talk Sport 

Liverpool are set to hold showdown talks with goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 30, who has been linked with Barcelona.

Full story: Metro 

Arsenal are lining up a £20million move for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, 23.

Full story: Caught Offside 

Liverpool and Arsenal are set for a summer transfer tussle over Swansea defender Ashley Williams, 28.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Birmingham City have cut the initial asking price for goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, to £3.5million in a bid to generate interest from Premier League clubs. He will be allowed to leave the club this month.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Crystal Palace have bid for Swindon winger Matt Ritchie, 23.

Full story: Skysports.com 

Nottingham Forest are close to signing Millwall striker Darius Henderson, 31.

Full story: Nottingham Post 

West Brom defender Craig Dawson, 22, looks set to join Bolton while Fiorentina are closing in on Marcos Alonso, 22.

Full story: The Bolton News 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Manchester United are close to signing Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, 26. The Argentine is a likely successor to Rio Ferdinand who may leave the club in the summer.

Full story: marca.com 

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 20, has said he is happy at Inter Milan, following reports linking him with a move to Liverpool.

Full story: tuttosport.com 

French international Yann M'Vila, 22, has decided against a move to the Premier League in favour of Russian club Rubin Kazan. The Rennes midfielder had been courted by QPR and Tottenham.

Full story: sport24.com 

OTHER GOSSIP

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson is understood to be on just £1,000 a week.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007

Full story: The Independent 

Bradford's goal-hero James Hanson, 25, took a £250-a-week pay cut to play for the Bantams. He used to stack shelves at his local Co-op store.

Full story: The Sun 

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has fuelled talk of a Chelsea return by admitting he regrets spending just three years at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Metro 

And Mourinho has ruled out a move to Paris Saint Germain saying the Ligue 1 side do not "need him".

Full story: The Independent 

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, 27, believes Arsenal are no longer a threat to the Blues in the race for Champions League places and is more concerned with catching Manchester United in the title race.

Full story: London's Evening Standard 

AND FINALLY

BBC 5 live's 606 newsletter reports that in a friendly between Zenit St Petersburg and Shaktar Donetsk, the referee appeared to have forgotten his role on the pitch as he went flying into a tackle getting nowhere near the ball.

Tottenham appear to have cloned Gareth Bale, in the form of spitting image youth teamer, Kenny McEvoy, 19.

Full story: The Sun