Gossip column: Eto'o, Kagawa, Hummels, Milner

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Mats Hummels has won 36 caps for Germany

Mats Hummels has won 36 caps for Germany

Manchester United are closing in on a £20m move for Germany World Cup winner Mats Hummels, 25, with Borussia Dortmund hoping to replace the defender with Liverpool's 21-year-old Tiago Ilori in a loan deal. Daily Mirror 

Samuel Eto'o has priced himself out of a move to West Ham. The 33-year-old former Chelsea striker, now a free agent, had asked for a salary of £120,000-a-week to go to Upton Park. Daily Mirror 

Newcastle United are close to completing a season-long loan deal for Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra, 23. Northern Echo 

Petr Cech will leave Chelsea if Thibaut Courtois becomes the club's number one, says ex-Blues goalkeeper Mark Bosnich. Talksport 

Everton are hoping to complete a season-long loan deal for 22-year-old Chelsea and Ghana winger Christian Atsu. Liverpool Echo 

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the Italian club's interest in Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, although he is not the only name on his list. Daily Telegraph 

Liverpool are eyeing a double deal for Spanish defenders Alberto Moreno, 22, of Sevilla and Javier Manquillo, 20, of Atletico Madrid. Daily Star 

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is ready to bid £14m for Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 25, having already enquired about the availability of the Japan international. Daily Express 

QPR have turned their attentions to 29-year-old Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, who ended last season on loan at West Brom. Their bid to sign Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, 24, from Ajax has stalled over personal terms. Daily Mail 

Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, is keeping the club waiting over signing his new contract as he weighs up his future at the Premier League champions. Independent 

West Brom are keen to sign Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic, 22, from Real Sociedad. Sun (subscription required) 

Middlesbrough want to take Aston Villa full-back Matt Lowton, 25, on loan, while they have agreed a deal with Real Mallorca forward Emilio Nsue, 24. Daily Mail 

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says striker Connor Wickham, 21, could be sold if he does not sign a new contract. Sunderland Echo 

Burnley are waiting to hear from West Brom after they submitted a third bid for Baggies defender Craig Dawson, 24. Burnley Express 

OTHER GOSSIP

Daily Mirror

Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, 62, has had HD cameras installed at the club's Carrington complex so he can analyse every detail of training. Daily Mirror 

United defender Jonny Evans, 26, says the cameras are already being used on the club's tour of the United States: "The manager is saying: 'You should be five yards to the right.' We went though a video last night and I was 10 yards out." Daily Mail 

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he fully trusts Roy Keane and insists his new assistant manager is not a touchline bully. Daily Mirror 

Reflecting on his Everton career ahead of his testimonial on Sunday, midfielder Leon Osman, 33, says it took time for his technical ability to be recognised. Guardian 

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping to get the best out of new signing Bojan Krkic by urging team-mates and fans to throw a caring arm around the 23-year-old forward. Daily Star 

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 22, who is back at the club after spending three years on loan with Atletico Madrid, says he wants to learn from Petr Cech as the duo begin their battle for the number one spot. Daily Mail 

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes this is a key time in his career as he looks to step up as the senior centre-back following the exits of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Guardian 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has placed a special You'll Never Walk Alone wreath at the 9/11 memorial site in New York during the club's pre-season tour. Liverpool Echo 

Hatem Ben Arfa has endured an "unfair and humiliating" summer at Newcastle but may out-stay manager Alan Pardew, according to his agent. ESPN 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Cultural Leonesa wear their tuxedo kit

The photo of Cultural Leonesa wearing their tuxedo kit was posted on Twitter

Spanish football club Cultural Leonesa caused a stir on Twitter  after posing for their 2014-15 Segunda Division B team photo in their new tuxedo-inspired kit.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, took time out from Arsenal's tour of the USA to practise a bit of basketball with Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, as he revealed on Twitter.  

AND FINALLY

Francesco Totti has welcomed Ashley Cole into the Roma squad by mocking the defender following his awkward photo with his new team-mates, in which the ex-Chelsea full-back is seen standing separate from the rest of the squad. Metro 

Norwegian minnows FL Fart have been left about £375,000 (4m krone) after 91-year-old fan Erling Andreassen left his possessions - including his property - to his boyhood club. Ha (in Norwegian) 

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