Monday's gossip column

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona's new signing Neymar, 21, wants 27-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to join him at the Nou Camp.

Full story: Metro 

Neymar and Wayne Rooney at last month's friendly between Brazil and England

Neymar and Rooney were rivals in Brazil's 2-2 friendly draw with England at the Maracana

Arsenal fear being hijacked by richer rivals in their bid to sign Wayne Rooney, 27, from Manchester United and 25-year-old Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.

Full story: Daily Star 

Tottenham look set to sign two of Europe's highest-rated young players. Spurs want Dinamo Zagreb defender Tin Jedvaj and midfielder Alen Halilovic, who are both 17 and would remain with the Croatian side on loan deals until they turn 18.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Newcastle United are bracing themselves for a bid for Yohan Cabaye from Paris St-Germain and must decide whether to sell for around £20m or hold the 27-year-old France midfielder to his contract.

Full story: Guardian 

Brazilian side Internacional reject claims Southampton have moved ahead of Tottenham in the pursuit of Leandro Damiao, insisting they have received no offers for the 23-year-old striker.

Full story: Metro 

Manchester United are clear to sign Argentina centre-back Ezequiel Garay, 26, after his club, Benfica, signed his replacement, Arsenal de Sarandi defender Lisandro Lopez, 23.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has telephoned David Villa, 31, to try to persuade the Spain forward to accept an offer to move to White Hart Lane.

Full story: the Times (subscription required) 

David Villa

Barcelona striker David Villa has scored 56 goals in 92 international appearances for Spain

Former England goalkeeper Scott Carson, 27, will leave Turkish team Bursaspor to sign for Championship side Wigan in an £800,000 deal.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

The Latics are also interested in tough-tackling Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing, 24, who is surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Full story: Daily Mail  

Midfielder Bakary Sako, 25, has pleaded with Wolves to let him hold talks with Fulham over a potential move to Craven Cottage.

Full story: Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle 

Premier League new boys Hull City are keen to sign Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne, 33, following his release from Aston Villa.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Chelsea are leading the chase to sign West Brom wonder kid Isaiah Brown, 16, who is also a target for Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Star 

OTHER GOSSIP

Despite accepting an £8m bid from Cardiff City for winger Thomas Ince, 21, father and Blackpool boss Paul Ince insists his son is not in a rush to leave Bloomfield Road.

Full story: Guardian 

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, 29, remains keen on a move to Newcastle United, but only if Alan Pardew remains in charge of the club.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

David Luiz and Paulinho

David Luiz and Paulinho were both part of Brazil's Fifa Confederations Cup-winning side

Former Tottenham boss Ossie Ardiles says 25-year-old Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, a transfer target for Arsenal, has the talent to have the same impact in the Premier League as Robin van Persie.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Chelsea defender David Luiz has backed Brazil international team-mate Paulinho to be a hit in the Premier League, saying "his game fits perfectly". Midfielder Paulinho, 24, is close to a £17m move from Corinthians to Tottenham.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has told Wayne Rooney, 27, not to quit Old Trafford.

Full story: talkSport 

AND FINALLY

After a miserable 12 months for Argentine club Independiente, their fans threw chairs and a desk at the club president at a meeting intended to answer their concerns.

Full story: Metro