Gossip column: Martinez, Torres, Cole, Lallana, Borini & Cavani

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona hope to beat Arsenal in the race to sign Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez by bidding more than £30m for the 25-year-old Spanish defender, who can also play in a defensive midfield role.

Javi Martinez

Martinez has played just 17 times in the Bundesliga under new Bayern manager Pep Guardiola

Full story: Daily Mail 

Manchester United are to offer James Wilson a new contract after the 18-year-old striker scored a brace on his Premier League debut against Hull on Tuesday.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Liverpool have made a £20m bid for Southampton's 25-year-old midfielder Adam Lallana, with Manchester United also interested.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid are interested in signing England full-back Ashley Cole from Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Inter Milan are preparing a summer bid for Chelsea's 30-year-old striker Fernando Torres.

Full story: Metro 

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is planning to release as many as seven players as he looks to strengthen his squad at the end of the season.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Liverpool's Fabio Borini could stay on loan at Sunderland for another year. The 23-year-old forward also hopes his form with the Black Cats will be enough to earn a place in Italy's World Cup squad.

Fabio Borini

Borini has scored six goals in 31 Premier League games on loan at Sunderland this year

Full story: Daily Star 

Fenerbahce defender Caner Erkin, 25, will stay at the Turkish club despite interest from Liverpool and Roma.

Full story: Inside Futbol 

Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, 37, is considering extending his stay at the Britannia Stadium by one more year.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel 

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard, 33, has joked about his slip against Chelsea that allowed Demba Ba to score the opener in a 2-0 defeat at Anfield which cost the club dearly in the Premier League title race.

Full story: Independent 

Footballing greats including Pele and Michel Platini paid tribute to Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs in a video played at the club's end of season awards ceremony, where the 40-year-old received a lifetime achievement award.

Full story: Irish Independent 

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has backed the Football Association's plans to introduce a new tier within the Football League that would see Premier League B teams competing against non-league clubs.

Full story: Times (subscription required) 

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also expressed his support for the proposals.

Full story: Talksport 

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, 35, doubts whether he will want to continue playing football beyond his current contract at Goodison Park, which is set to expire at the end of 2018.

Tim Howard

Tim Howard joined Everton from Manchester United in 2007 after an initial loan spell at the club

Full story: Daily Express 

Liverpool hope West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 25, and winger Stewart Downing, 29 - both former Reds - can help them win the Premier League title by beating Manchester City on the the final day of the season.

Full story: Guardian 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Manchester City should be excluded from the Champions League after breaking Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he will make a decision on whether to permanently sign 33-year-old on-loan midfielder Gareth Barry next week.

Full story: Daily Star 

Rio Ferdinand, 35, fears Manchester United may come to regret central defensive partner Nemanja Vidic, 32, leaving Old Trafford this summer to join Inter Milan.

Full story: Guardian 

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta, 29, has called on the title-chasing club's fans to remain patient as they show their support in Sunday's final game against West Ham.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 26, says he is very close to signing a new contract with Barcelona, dismissing talk about him leaving the club as "nonsense".

Full story: L'Equipe (in French) 

Atletico Madrid are considering signing Sevilla's 26-year-old midfielder Ivan Rakitic as a replacement for attacking midfielder Diego, 29, who has hinted at a summer exit from the club.

Full story: AS (in Spanish) 

Arsenal, Newcastle and Fiorentina have joined Juventus in the race to sign 21-year-old Manchester United forward Will Keane.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian) 

Barcelona's 23-year-old forward Bojan Krkic says he will not be continuing his loan spell at Ajax into another season.

Ciro Immobile

Ciro Immobile has scored 21 goals in 32 Serie A appearances for Torino this season

Full story: AS (in Spanish) 

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc will travel to Italy to negotiate the transfer of 24-year-old Torino striker Ciro Immobile. The German club are looking to replace the Bayern Munich-bound forward Robert Lewandowski, 25.

Full story: Bild (in German) 

Paris St-Germain have renewed manager Laurent Blanc's contract until 2016.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish) 

Fiorentina's 28-year-old forward Mario Gomez has described this season as the "ugliest" of his career after he was left out of Germany's provisional World Cup squad.

Full story: Bild (in German) 

AND FINALLY

Actor Kiefer Sutherland, who plays Jack Bauer in popular television series 24, has backed England for success at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Full story: Channel 5 

Some Manchester City fans are furious after one supporter attempted to sell a ticket for Sunday's final league game at Etihad Stadium, when they are likely to be crowned champions, for £3,000 on an online auction site.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

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