Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Manchester United have lined up a £15m deal for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman,external-link who has been described as "the new Roy Keane".

Kevin Strootman
Kevin Strootman has made 10 appearances for the Netherlands

Tottenham are in pole position to land Argentinian defender Julian Velazquezexternal-link from Independiente in a £4m summer transfer.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Liverpool are ready to make summer moves for Barcelona's young striker Cristian Tello,external-link Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Atletico Madrid defender Alvaro Dominguez.external-link

Full story: Caughtoffsideexternal-link

Arsenal have clinched the signing of German striker Lukas Podolski for a fee of £10m, with the 26-year-old agreeing a five-year contract at around £80,000 a week.

Full story: Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester City are ready to sanction the sale of Mario Balotelli this summer after manager Roberto Mancini finally lost patience with the striker during the 3-3 draw with Sunderland.

Full story: The Sunday Times (Subscription required)

Rayo Vallecano have joined the Spanish clubs chasing Sone Aluko and aim to tempt the Rangers forward with a £14,500-per-week contract.

Full story: the Sun

Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady could return to British football with Aston Villa this summer, with Spartak Moscow poised to offload the 25-year-old.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Released Rangers winger Mervan Celik has re-signed for former club GAIS Gothenburg.

Full story: the Sun


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp thinks Swansea counterpart Brendan Rodgers should have a big role to play in the future of the England team.

Full story: Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson plans to give Michael Owen, who has made six league starts in almost three years at Old Trafford, a pivotal role in their title push.

Full story: Mail on Sundayexternal-link

Ferguson, meanwhile, believes Wayne Rooney can reach 40 goals this season. The striker currently has 31 for club and country.

Full story: The Observerexternal-link

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says manager Kenny Dalglish deserves more patience in his rebuilding efforts at Liverpool.

Full story: Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

Former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath claims title rivals Manchester City could pay the price after getting "cocky" when they were five points clear at the summit.

Full story: Sunday Mirror external-link

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will stay at the club, and is booked in for talks over a lucrative new contract in the summer.

Full story: Sunday Expressexternal-link

Former Rangers chief executive Martin Bain says he warned Sir David Murray not to sell the club to Craig Whyte, who subsequently took the club into administration.

Full story: Sunday Mail

St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown has warned that, if Rangers go into liquidation and are not permitted to rejoin the Scottish Premier League as a new company, several more top-flight clubs could go out of business.

Full story: Scotland On Sunday

All three of the remaining bidders for Rangers have refused to rule out liquidating the club.

Full story: Scotland On Sunday

Scottish Football Association performance director Mark Wotte has the backing of eight of the 12 Scottish Premier League clubs for a new under-20 league despite opposition from some clubs and managers.

Full story: the Sun


Mancini says he contemplated replacing unpredictable striker Mario Balotelli after just five minutes against Sunderland.

Full story: Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

Preston manager Graham Westley has accused four of his players of leaking sensitive team and tactical information to Sheffield Wednesday on the eve of the League One game between the sides, which North End lost 2-0.

Full story: Sunday Telegraphexternal-link

David Beckham, who played on loan for Preston before making it big at Manchester United, will pay tribute by video to North End legend Sir Tom Finney at his 90th birthday celebrations next week.

Full story: Sunday Mirrorexternal-link

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