Thursday's gossip column

 

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, says he would consider any offers from Champions League clubs this summer.

Full story: Liverpool Echo 

Chelsea and Real Madrid are the leading contenders to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure after the 29-year-old told the Premier League champions he would buy out his contract and leave this summer if a new deal was not agreed by Saturday.

Full story: The Sun 

Manchester City remain relaxed about Yaya Toure's situation and do not expect to have to meet his agent's deadline to keep the Ivory Coast international.

Full story: skysports.com 

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is Real Madrid's top summer target and the Spanish side will make a £45m bid for the 24-year-old Argentine.

Full story: Daily Star 

Chelsea have held a secret meeting with Atletico Madrid over a summer move for their 27-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.

Full story: Daily Express 

Luis Suarez

Uruguay international Luis Suarez joined Liverpool fom Ajax in 2011

Liverpool and Manchester United are tracking Brazilian centre-half Dede,  24, after Rio de Janeiro club Vasco da Gama admitted they need to sell to ease their financial problems.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Athletic Bilbao's Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta,  27, is waiting for Arsenal to make a move for him.

Full story: Daily Express 

The agent of Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann has played down speculation that the 21-year-old could be set for a summer switch to Inter Milan.

Full story: skysports.com 

Tottenham have been offered Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel,  25, for a bargain £5m with the Portuguese club looking to trim their wage bill.

Full story: Metro 

OTHER GOSSIP

Gus Poyet, 45, has been promised a large summer transfer budget to tempt him to leave Brighton and become Reading manager regardless of whether the club stays in the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Express 

Former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, 48, has met with Reading to discuss a possible move to the Madejski Stadium.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 34, who withdrew from England's World Cup qualifiers to look after his chronic back problem, will fly to Qatar to work on a television broadcast of Friday's game against San Marino.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will seek talks with England manager Roy Hodgson over his use of midfielder Jack Wilshere, 21, during the end-of-season internationals.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, 28, has backed manager Brendan Rodgers to bring silverware to Anfield.

Full story: the Independent 

Manchester City keeper Joe Hart has compared Manchester United to a "killing machine" as he described their relentless pursuit of a 20th domestic championship.

Full story: The Times (subscription only) 

Struggling Championship side Blackburn are to be ordered to pay £2m compensation next week by the High Court to Henning Berg, 43, who is one of the three managers they have sacked this season.

Full story: the Independent 

Manchester United have submitted a detailed case to Uefa in a bid to prevent Nani from getting a three-match Champions League ban at Thursday's disciplinary review into the controversial red card the 26-year-old was given against Real Madrid.

Full story: The Daily Telegraph 

Joe Hart

Joe Hart looks like losing out to Manchester United in this year's Premier League title race

England captain Steven Gerrard, 32, feels he's been cursed at tournaments - and is desperate to return from next year's World Cup in Brazil a hero.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 27, says he has made mistakes this season and deserves to be dropped.

Full story: Metro 

Manager Mick McCarthy has challenged out-of-favour midfielder Josh Carson, 19, to "rip it up" while on loan at League Two York if he is to stand any chance of resurrecting his career at Ipswich.

Full story: Ipswich Star 

The Football League is to examine a range of measures, including a potentially radical salary cap in the Championship, to offset the effect of vastly increased parachute payments for relegated Premier League clubs that it claims could undermine competition.

Full story: the Guardian 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Uefa president Michel Platini says it would be "impossible" to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the summer, when temperatures can reach 50C.

Full story: Kicker (in German) 

Germany face Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier in Astana on Friday and again in Berlin four days later. In order to avoid jet-lag from the five hour time difference between the two countries, the team will remain on German time throughout their stay in Central Asia, training before midnight and going to bed at dawn.

Full story: Bild (in German) 

Fifa has rejected Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's claims that a conspiracy was behind his failure to win the governing body's award for coach of the year, which was given to Spanish coach Vincente del Bosque.

Full story: El Mundo (in Spanish) 

Bayern Munich coach Uli Hoeness has said that only "one or two" players from Real Madrid and Barcelona would make it into his team's starting line-up.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish) 

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has said he is "worried" about next Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against France. "I have a lot of respect for the French and currently the differences between the two teams aren't that great," he said.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish) 

Before their trip to Paris, Spain will face Finland in Gijon, where the only selection dilemma for the starting line-up lies in the choice of goalkeeper, with Barcelona's Victor Valdes and Liverpool's Pepe Reina competing for a place.

Full story: El Mundo (in Spanish) 

AND FINALLY

Former NBA basketball star John Amaechi says Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's management style belongs in the past.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

A leading bookmaker has been told to remove a poster on a building next to Stamford Bridge that mocked the performances of misfiring Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 29.

Full story: London Evening Standard