Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lines up moves for Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines and ­Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after signing Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa for an initial £12m.

Full story: Daily Mirror

However, Italian club Napoli are also showing interesting in Baines, 27, who is valued at around £20m.

Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland are hoping Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert's interest in Norwich frontman Grant Holt will help allow striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, 25, to leave Villa Park for the Stadium of Light.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Alan Pardew has lined up another Senegalese striker, Copenhagen's 27-year-old Dame N'Doye, if Demba Ba quits Newcastle this summer.

Full story: Daily Star

Brazil-born FC Twente star Douglas, 24, has indicated that Newcastle are on his trail - but claimed a "bigger" club are also after his services.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Leighton Baines
Man Utd and Napoli are chasing Everton's Baines

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants to sign Wolves winger Michael Kightly, 26.

Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR and Sunderland are keen on 26-year-old former Everton and Portsmouth midfielder Manuel Fernandes, who is now a free agent.

Full story: Daily Mail

Midfielder Joe Cole, 30, will be heading back to Liverpool after his loan spell in France, according to Lille coach Rudi Garcia.

Full story: Metro

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis admits 28-year-old Robin van Persie's contract saga could drag on all summer.

Full story: the Sun

Team-mate Andre Santos has cast further doubt on Van Persie's future by suggesting the club captain's mind has been affected by the interest of other clubs.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Danny Murphy, 35, is set to sign a new deal at Fulham despite being on the Premier League's 'free transfer' list last week.

Full story: Daily Star

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, says he does not expect to stay at Swansea next season following his loan spell and admits he is considering following Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City midfielder David Silva, 26, has told Real Madrid he is not interested in moving clubs as he is happy with life at Etihad Stadium.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has urged chairman Daniel Levy to hurry up and offer him a new contract if they rate him as a manager.

Full story: the Guardian

Dennis Bergkamp
Bergkamp has impressed as Ajax assistant boss

Redknapp has become the latest figure to question Rio Ferdinand's absence from Euro 2012, claiming there is "obviously more to" Roy Hodgson's decision than the footballing reasons he has repeatedly cited.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Hodgson's problems as England fly out to Poland for Euro 2012 have intensified after it emerged that Kick It Out, English football's leading anti-racism organisation, is considering putting together a robust response condemning his handling of the Ferdinand affair.

Full story: the Guardian

Stoke boss Tony Pulis thinks striker Peter Crouch will return leaner and meaner next season following his omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Norwich hope to name Chris Hughton as their new manager - and plan an official approach to Birmingham in the next 48 hours.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed the club are moving closer to naming their new manager amid suggestions he has spoken to Ian Holloway over the job.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Michael Laudrup and Dennis Bergkamp have also emerged as contenders for the Swans vacancy.

Full story: the Sun

AND FINALLY

QPR midfielder Joey Barton is attempting to put his latest brush with the law behind him with a golfing holiday to Portugal.

Full story: Metro

Mario Balotelli will have both his family names on his Italy shirt at Euro 2012. Uefa's official tournament list shows that the 21-year-old forward has registered 'Barwuah Balotelli' as his shirt name.

Full story: Daily Mail