Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has beaten neighbours City to the signature of Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez, 18.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are set to allow Robin van Persie, 29, to join Manchester United in a £22m deal.

Full story: the Sun

But other reports suggest Arsenal want at least £25m from Manchester United for Van Persie.

Full story: Evening Standard

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu flew to London on Tuesday to try to agree a £15m deal for 24-year-old Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.

Full story: The Independent

Hulk
Brazil striker Hulk has revealed he could quit his club Porto this summer

Blackburn have enquired about the availability of Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, 28, on a six-month loan deal.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Real Madrid have made a final £25m offer for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, and have told the north London side they will not return with a bigger offer if it is rejected.

Full story: Daily Star

The La Liga giants have turned to Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele as an alternative target, and the 25-year-old says his agent has been contacted by them.

Full story: Guardian

Bolton striker David Ngog, 23, is a reported target for Fulham.

Full story: Bolton News

Croatia coach Igor Stimac is annoyed with Tottenham for not playing Luka Modric ahead of his possible transfer to Real. Stimac wants Modric to play in Croatia's friendly against Switzerland but is worried he may be lacking match fitness.

Full story: Evening Standard

Chelsea and Manchester City are on alert after Porto striker Hulk, 26, admitted he is ready to leave the Portuguese club.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City are considering adding more English talent to their ranks after recruiting Jack Rodwell, with Scott Sinclair, Jack Butland and Nathan Redmond being monitored by the Premier League champions.

Full story: Daily Mail

Mirallas is the reigning player of the year in Greece and has 27 caps for Belgium
Kevin Mirallas is the reigning player of the year in Greece and has 27 caps for Belgium

Vurnon Anita, 23, wants a face-to-face meeting with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew before deciding to quit Ajax for the Magpies.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas says he has rejected a bid from Spurs for 25-year-old France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Full story: the Sun

Liverpool have sent managing director Ian Ayre to Spain to secure deals for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, 21, and Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, 23.

Full story: Metro

Everton are set to use some of the funds from the sale of Jack Rodwell, 21, to Manchester City by signing Kevin Mirallas, 24, from Olympiacos for £6m.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Manager David Moyes is also interested in bringing 21-year-old Blackpool winger Matt Phillips to Goodison Park.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken says he has agreed to let 29-year-old midfielder Nenad Milijas find a new team.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Chris Coleman has defended his decision to try to bring in Ryan Shawcross to the Welsh international set-up despite the lukewarm reception it received from captain Aaron Ramsey.

Full story: Daily Mail

Andy Carroll
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll was heavily linked with a move to West Ham United

Frank Lampard, 34, says he wants Chelsea to renew talks about a new contract to finish his career at the club.

Full story: Daily Express

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan admits the club were prepared to risk their financial security by signing Andy Carroll, 23, from Liverpool.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has promised he will look for value in the transfer market rather than pay excessive amounts to bring players to the club. "You have to spend money but not throw it around," the 39-year-old said. "I won't pay anything at all costs, absolutely not."

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

The Olympic spirit may have had an effect on Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, as he gave a young Manchester City fan his Community Shield medal.

Full story: Metro