Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, 23, has been urged to stall on a move to Liverpool by Arsenal, who hope the lure of Champions League football will persuade the ex-Dortmund star to snub the Anfield club.

Full story: the Sun

Michael Dawson is a target for Liverpool
Michael Dawson is a target for Liverpool

Liverpool are lining up a move for either of Spurs pair Steven Caulker or Michael Dawson if defender Daniel Agger does leave the club to sign for Manchester City.

Full story: Metro

Tottenham are ready to make a move for Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles, 29, as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Luka Modric.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has reiterated his desire to leave the club, saying he will not be happy until he has done so. The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Sunderland but has so far failed to seal a move away.

Full story: talkSPORT

Fulham have revived their interest in Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, 23, who is not part of Steve Kean's plans after refusing to play for the club last season.

Zenith St Petersburg are the latest club interested in Berbatov
Zenit St Petersburg are the latest club interested in Berbatov

Full story: Daily Mail

Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg are interested in signing Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov. The 31-year-old Bulgarian international has been told he can leave Old Trafford.

Full story: Metro

Scott Sinclair's refusal to sign a new contract at Swansea has alerted Manchester City, who may make a £5m bid before the transfer window closes on 31 August.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Wolves have rejected an improved bid of £9.5m from West Ham for winger Matt Jarvis.

Full story: Daily Express

Everton target Kevin Mirallas has admitted he favours a move to Goodison over Arsenal because he wants first-team football.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admits a top-four finish, rather than winning a trophy, is the main target for Liverpool this season.

Full story: talkSPORT

Steven Gerrard has denied his best days are behind him, and says he will continue to play in an attacking midfield role for Liverpool under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Full story: the Sun

Adam Johnson believes he may have to leave Manchester City to become a first-team regular, and boost his England chances.

Full story: Times

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko risked aggravating a knee injury to play for Bosnia in midweek.

Full story: Daily Star

Rangers will break the world attendance record for a fourth-tier league match when they host East Stirling at Ibrox on Saturday. Their expected crowd of more than 40,000 will surpass the 37,774 who watched Crystal Palace play Millwall in 1961.

Full story: Daily Record

West Brom new-boy Romelu Lukaku has revealed he "lost his hunger for football" after starting just one Premier League game for Chelsea last season.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

AND FINALLY

Robin van Persie's transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United has been the subject of several internet jokes, including pranksters parking a removal van outside Emirates Stadium and loading a dummy dressed as the Dutchman on board.

Full story: Metro