Wednesday's gossip column

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Wayne Rooney feels he is being forced out of Manchester United and the 27-year-old striker is reportedly adamant that he has not asked to leave the club.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Real Madrid want to sign Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale, 23, this summer and are prepared to better Spurs' contract offer of £150,000-a-week.

Full story: Daily Star 

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says that talks have opened with Manchester City over a deal that would see Edinson Cavani, 26, move to the English club with 27-year-old Edin Dzeko heading the other way.

Edinson Cavani

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has been a long-rumoured target for several top European clubs

Full story: Metro 

Malaga's Manchester City target Isco, 21, is now said to be interesting both Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Full story: talkSPORT  

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, 37, will seek a £5m pay-off to tear up his contract, which still has three years to run.

Full story: Daily Star 

Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be monitoring Chelsea's David Luiz, 26, who may not be wanted by Jose Mourinho if he returns to Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Fiorentina want around £30m for striker Stefan Jovetic, 23, who is a summer target for Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Incoming Manchester United boss David Moyes is keen to beat Chelsea to the signature of Southampton's 17-year-old full-back Luke Shaw.

Luke Shaw

Southampton's promising full-back Luke Shaw is attracting interesting from Man Utd and Chelsea

Full story: Daily Mail 

However, Shaw has reportedly told Southampton that he will stay and sign his first senior contract at St Mary's.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Andy Carroll, 24, is stalling on a permanent move to West Ham after the Hammers agreed a £15m deal with Liverpool for the striker.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

West Ham may also look at signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, on loan to partner Carroll, but face competition from Swansea.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (SOURCED BY BBC MONITORING)

Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa, 21, is "uncertain" about his future at the club as his contract runs out in June.

Full story: Marca 

Juventus midfielder Mauricio Isla, 24, is considering leaving the Serie A club this summer.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian) 

Paris St-Germain have contacted Rafael Benitez as a contingency measure to deal with manager Carlo Ancelotti's possible departure from the club.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has been given 48 hours to decide if he wants to replace Tony Pulis at Stoke City.

Roberto Martinez

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez led the club to their first-ever FA Cup success

Full story: Daily Express 

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross took to Twitter to express his shock at the sacking of Tony Pulis.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel 

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, has admitted he never really got close to interim manager Rafael Benitez.

Full story: the Sun 

Championship clubs are set to push for trials of safe standing areas in football grounds.

Full story: Independent 

Phil Neville is in the frame for a senior coaching role at Stoke City following the departure of manager Tony Pulis after seven years in charge at the club.

Full story: Independent 

However, the former Manchester United and England defender, 36, has told Everton chairman Bill Kenwright he is keen to replace David Moyes as the Toffees' manager.

Full story: The Guardian 

Full-back Gael Clichy says that Roberto Mancini and the Manchester City players must share the blame for the Italian's dismissal as City manager.

Full story: Independent 

AND FINALLY

Manchester City will unveil their new Nike kit, part of a deal said to be worth £72m with the American sportswear firm, in a post-season friendly with Chelsea in St Louis, Missouri, on Thursday.

Full story: Sky Sports 

The club that finishes bottom of the Premier League next season is set to collect around £63m in earnings from a new broadcasting deal currently in negotiations, just over £20m more than the current amount.

Full story: Daily Telegraph