Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson missed Manchester United's goalless draw with Valerenga on Sunday so he could push through the signing of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, 28.

Full story: Daily Mail

Ferguson now heads the queue to sign Van Persie after Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted for the first time that he does not expect to sign the Dutchman.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are also hoping to take advantage of Malaga's financial crisis to sign Spain Under-21 international midfielder Isco, 20.

Full story: Metro

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, 31, has ruled out a move to big-spending French giants Paris Saint Germain after insisting contract talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge have not stalled.

Salomon Rondon
Salomon Rondon has scored eight goals in 24 appearances for Venezuela

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are set to miss out on signing Clint Dempsey, 29, this summer as boss Brendan Rodgers is not impressed with Fulham's £10m asking price for the USA forward.

Full story: Metro

Chelsea are hoping to tie up a deal for Wigan forward Victor Moses, 21, before Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester City.

Full story: Guardian

Nottingham Forest are attempting to sign Norwich City's Spanish youth international central defender Dani Ayala on a season-long loan.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are reassessing their next move after 22-year-old Malaga striker Salomon Rondon, a key target, opted to join Russian side Rubin Kazan.

Full story: the Sun

Blackpool have failed to agree a deal with Emile Heskey, 34, who has been training with the Seasiders after leaving Aston Villa.

Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham are attempting to beat Huddersfield to the signing of Norwich striker James Vaughan, 24. The Terriers have already lodged a £1m bid.

Full story: the Sun

Birmingham are also set to sign West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 19, on a season-long loan, while former West Brom midfielder Somen Tchoyi has joined the club on trial.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Richard Hughes's playing career included a spell in Italy with Atalanta
Former Scotland international Richard Hughes could be coming out of retirement

New Everton signing Steven Pienaar, 30, has urged Leighton Baines to stay loyal to the Toffees as the left-back continues to be linked with Manchester United.

Full story: talkSPORT

Real Madrid's former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, says he would like to follow David Beckham and play for a USA side in Major League Soccer.

Full story: the Sun

Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud, 25, believes his new club can recreate the underdog atmosphere which made him a title winner in France. Arsene Wenger snapped up Giroud from Montpellier, where the striker was part of the team that pipped Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title.

Full story: talkSPORT

Andy Carroll was given the chance to impress Liverpool manager in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Rochdale, but the game was abandoned after an hour due to a serious injury to Reece Gray.

Full story: the Sun

AND FINALLY

Italian restaurant owner and former Scotland international Richard Hughes, 33, has announced he is coming out of retirement to join Bournemouth on a two-year contract.

Full story: Daily Mirror