Thursday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United are making a £60m bid for Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, 24.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was named last year's Footballer of the Year

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Sunderland are considering a move for former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, 30, who is unsettled at Fenerbahce.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Manchester City are bracing themselves for a big bid from Real Madrid for striker Sergio Aguero, 25.

Full story: Metro  

Striker Christian Benteke, 22, is facing showdown talks with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert after requesting a transfer last week.

Full story: The Sun 

Lazio are keen on Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson, 28, who only has a year left on his current deal.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Arsenal and Napoli have been told by Real Madrid that forward Gonzalo Higuain, 25, will cost £37m.

Full story: The Times (subscription required) 

Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal had a buy-back clause inserted in Cesc Fabregas' contract when he rejoined Barcelona

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward's exit from their pre-season tour of Australia to accelerate a move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, is a waste of time.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Celta Vigo are in talks to sign Liverpool striker Dani Pacheco, 22.

Full story: Daily Mail

Verona and Iceland midfielder Emil Hallfredsson, 29, is on Southampton's radar.

Full story: talkSPORT 

OTHER GOSSIP

Harry Redknapp has missed Queens Park Rangers' pre-season trip to Austria, leaving former England manager Steve McClaren to take charge of training, and could be sidelined for at least another six weeks as he recovers from knee surgery.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Swansea are increasing their bid for Espanyol winger Wakaso, 22, to £4.5m after Russian teams Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan joined the race to sign him.

Full story: The Sun

Southampton are considering a bid for 28-year-old Catania striker Gonzalo Bergessio.

Florent Malouda

Florent Malouda has left Chelsea after six years

Full story: Daily Star 

Crystal Palace are lining up an £850,000 bid for Croatian midfielder Mislav Orsic, 20, who has scored 22 goals in 90 games for Inter Zapresic.

Full story: Daily Express 

Former Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda, 33, has joined Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Full story: Daily Star 

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Everton have reached an agreement with Granada's Guilherme Siqueira, 27, to replace full back Leighton Baines, 28, who is rumoured to be on his way to Old Trafford.

Full story: Marca 

Veteran Colombian defender Mario Yepes, 37, has signed a two-year contract with Atalanta following the expiry of his contract at AC Milan.

Full story: Tuttosport 

French champions Paris St Germain have signed left-back Lucas Digne, 19, from Lille on a five-year deal.

Full story: Le Parisien 

AND FINALLY

Air Asia tycoon Tony Fernandes flew his Queens Park Rangers players out for their pre-season tour on budget airline Easyjet.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Marseille scored a victory for football after beating rugby union's Toulon 36-35 in a bizarre half-football half-rugby match at the Stade Mayol.

Full story: Metro