Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool's American owner John W Henry has told the club's supporters in Norway that striker Luis Suarez, 26, will not be sold.

Full story: Daily Mirror

However, Suarez has not given up hope on moving to Real Madrid, raising the prospect of Arsenal missing out on their prime transfer target.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has scored 38 goals in 77 Premier League appearances for Liverpool

Manchester United manager David Moyes has launched a bid for 25-year-old Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini - signalling the end of the club's pursuit of Barcelona playmaker Cesc Fabregas, 26.

Full story: Daily Mirror

United's England international striker Wayne Rooney, 27, will seek a move abroad if a deal to join Chelsea cannot be finalised.

Full story: Daily Mail

Everton face competition from Fiorentina in their bid to sign Hellas Verona midfielder Jorginho, 21.

Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills says the club are almost powerless to keep Gareth Bale, 24, if he wants to move to Real Madrid, even though he signed a new four-year contract only last summer.

Full story: London Evening Standard

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Rooney, Fabregas & Suarez latest

And the removal of Wales international Bale from Tottenham's official Twitter account page has further intensified speculation over his future.

Full story: The Independent

Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, 18, is the latest name on Tottenham's list of possible replacements for Bale.

Full story: Daily Express

Barcelona are planning a £35m bid for Chelsea's Brazil international David Luiz.

Full story: The Sun

Leeds United's Ross McCormack is the subject of a bid from Middlesbrough, with Blackpool also interested in the 26-year-old striker.

Full story: Sky Sports

OTHER GOSSIP

Luis Suarez has told Liverpool he does not want to play in any pre-season friendlies for Liverpool until his future is resolved.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid and Barcelona could soon be forced by the European Commission to relinquish their privileged status as member-owned clubs and are likely to become publically listed companies, losing one of the key advantages behind their dominance of Spanish football and success in European competition.

Full story: The Independent

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has refused to answer questions about the club's ongoing pursuit of Gareth Bale for fear of further upsetting Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Full story: Sky Sports

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is concerned by reports of Wayne Rooney leaving the club. "You do worry he might leave because he's a fantastic football player," the 29-year-old Scotsman said. "I hope he stays and we achieve more things together for United."

Full story: Manchester Evening News

QPR are chasing the signature of Estudiantes' Duvan Zapata after West Ham pulled out of a deal to sign the 22-year-old Colombian striker because of work permit issues.

Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham could struggle to revive their bid for Vlad Chiriches. The 23-year-old Steaua Bucharest defender instead wants to move to Italy, says his agent.

Full story: talkSPORT

GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)

AC Milan's Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, 26, has spoken of his hopes of returning to the Bundesliga.

Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng made 22 league appearances for Portsmouth before joining AC Milan

Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian)

Bayern Munich have permitted Brazilian defender Luiz Gustavo, 26, to begin negotiations with fellow Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

Full story: Kicker (in German)

Real Zaragoza are close to signing 22-year-old forward Roger Marti on a season-long loan deal from fellow Spanish side Levante.

Full story: Marca (In Spanish)

Wolves' Mali midfielder Tongo Doumbia, 24, will join French side Valenciennes on a season-long loan.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

AND FINALLY

The man who has played the part of Bradford City's mascot - the City Gent - for the last 20 years has quit the role because he was no longer considered portly enough.

Full story: Bradford Telegraph and Argus

New research suggests more than half of football fans think about the game at least once every minute.

Full story: Metro

Premier League new boys Crystal Palace have called in a hypnotist to help get them in the right frame of mind for their opening home game against Tottenham.

Full story: The Independent

Every senior player in the Premier League and Football League will have to attend a session this season to receive guidance on not using racist and homophobic language.

Full story: Daily Express