Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United are increasing their efforts to sign Porto winger James Rodriguez, 20, after having a £30m bid rejected.

French winger Florent Malouda, 32, is likely to leave Chelsea after starting negotiations with Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Rennes and France midfielder Yann M'Vila
Yann M'Vila has been linked with Arsenal

Manchester City could move for Brazilian full-back Daniel Alves, 29, after he fell out with Barcelona officials by playing in a friendly without permission.Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Liverpool have not given up hope of winning the race to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, but will not bow to his wage demands to prevent him from signing for Tottenham.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)external-link

Arsenal want to offload Denilson, Carlos Vela, Sebastien Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-young and Johan Djourou in a attempt to cut the club's wage bill.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

But the Gunners are resigned to losing Robin van Persie, 28, after completing the £13m signing of French striker Olivier Giroud from Marseille.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Branislav Ivanovic has told Tottenham's Luka Modric, 26, to join Chelsea instead of Manchester United or Real Madrid.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal have cooled their interest in Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, 21, after he fell out with France coach Laurent Blanc.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Inter Milan are in talks to sign Manchester City's 27-year-old midfielder Nigel de Jong.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, 22, fancies a transfer to the Premier League when his AC Milan contract expires in 2014.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Stoke City are interested in signing Houston Dynamo's 26-year-old central defender Geoff Cameron.

Full story: Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

EURO 2012

Fabio Capello has blamed Wayne Rooney, 26, for England's Euro 2012 exit by saying the striker only plays well for Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Valencia and Spain full-back Jordi Alba
Valencia's Jordi Alba is wanted by Barcelona

Rio Ferdinand says he is baffled that his Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones, 20, did not get a kick for England at Euro 2012.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Italy's Andrea Pirlo, 33, says Germany will pose a far more dangerous threat in Thursday's semi-final than "cautious" England.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Mario Balotelli, 21, is the subject of a new racism row after a newspaper in Italy depicted him as King Kong ahead of Thursday's semi-final against Germany.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

David Silva insists that Spain team-mate Andres Iniesta, 28, is better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Tottenham want former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas to start work as their new boss next week.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

But Didier Deschamps is a candidate to become manager at Tottenham after reports in France claimed he was looking to quit Marseille.Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Scott Parker, 31, may miss the start of the season amid fears the Tottenham midfielder may need surgery on his troublesome Achilles.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Former England striker Michael Owen, 32, is set for a lucrative move to United Arab Emirates club Al Shabab.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is in talks to take over at Sampdoria.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Norwich striker Grant Holt
Norwich want to keep striker Grant Holt

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is stepping up his efforts to keep striker Grant Holt, 31, after goalkeeper John Ruddy signed a new four-year contract.Full story: Independentexternal-link

Nemanja Vidic will begin pre-season training with Manchester United this week - before the rest of his team-mates return to work on Monday.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

AND FINALLY...

New Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has marked Germany's progress to the Euro 2012 semi-finals by releasing a pop single.

Full story: 101 Great Goalsexternal-link