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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona will test Chelsea's resolve with a £30m offer for 25-year-old defender David Luiz before the transfer window closes on 31 August.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Manchester City still hope to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez after Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer admitted their deal for the 23-year-old was "nowhere near being completed".

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Rafael Van der Vaart
Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane

Tottenham are open to offers for 29-year-old midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart and are still keen to sign 25-year-old Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Full story: Evening Standard Tottenham look set to rival Manchester United for Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele, 25, with Andre Villas-Boas prepared to trigger a £15m release fee for the midfielder.

Full story: talkSPORT

QPR are believed to have entered talks to sign Inter Milan's Brazil international goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 32.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is hopeful of completing the signing of Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, 23, this week and bringing in Pablo Hernandez from Valencia.

Full story: Goal.com

West Brom and Everton are battling it out to sign FC Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo, 22.

Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are working hard to bring in Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Willian, 24, but no longer want Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, 23.

Full story: the Guardian

West Brom have made a move to sign Blackburn defender Martin Olsson, 24, as left-sided defensive cover.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins aims to bolster his defensive options with the £2m signing of 23-year-old Japan captain Maya Yoshida.

Full story: the Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has banned laptops and mobile phones from the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United winger Nani is offering to drop his wage demands in an attempt to save his future at Old Trafford.

Full story: the Sun

QPR owner Tony Fernandes will not be rushed into making panic buys in response to his club's 5-0 home defeat by Swansea on the opening day of the season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has told fans not to write off his former club, despite their 1-0 opening day defeat at Everton.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

AND FINALLY

Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has pleaded for the help of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to raise the profile of reggae music.

Full story: Metro