Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are set to make an ambitious bid to sign midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, from Newcastle.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup insists that 23-year-old winger Scott Sinclair's potential move to Manchester City is far from a done deal.

Full story: talkSPORT

Scott Sinclair
Scott Sinclair, 23, was omitted from Swansea's squad for the win over West Ham

Tottenham are on alert as Manchester United prepare to offload Nani and Anderson to offset a busy summer of spending in the transfer market.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Newcastle will make a third and final offer of around £6m to French side Lille later this week for 27-year-old French right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

Full Story: Sunday Mirror

Manchester United are plotting a £9m swoop for St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, 17.

Full story: the Sun

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew does not expect the club to make another bid for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, before the end of the transfer window.

Full story: Goal.com

Stoke will have to pay £500,000 for Rangers' United States international midfielder Maurice Edu, 26.

Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal and Spurs are set to renew their interest in Barcelona's Dutch international midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, but Liverpool will not be in the market for the 26-year-old having had a bid rejected several weeks ago.

Full story: Metro

Ibrahim Afellay
Ibrahim Afellay has been linked to a number of Premier League sides in the transfer window

Sunderland are weighing up a move for Tottenham defender Michael ­Dawson, 28, who has rejected a move to QPR.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Tottenham are set to press ahead with a move for Birmingham City's England international goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, who is also thought to be interesting Liverpool and Manchester City.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Fulham manager Martin Jol and striker Clint Dempsey, 29, are no longer on speaking terms over the American's desire to move to Liverpool.

Full story: talkSPORT

Meanwhile, the Cottagers have stepped up their chase for £3m-rated Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, 24.

Full story: the Sun

Blackburn Rovers are looking at Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, 30, and forward Luke Moore of Swansea, 26, after giving up their chase for Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson hopes to land Dundee United striker Johnny Russell, despite the £2m price tag, with the Tannadice club keen to cash in before the 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer. Grayson also wants United winger Gary Mackay-Steven but might have to settle for one of his two targets.

Full story: People

Celtic have initiated talks with Auxerre over the transfer of Willy Boly as manager Neil Lennon seeks a dominant centre-half.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Celtic will this week sign Maya Yoshida from Dutch club VVV Venlo, the Japanese defender having missed out on a move to Aston Villa and attracted interest from Southampton this summer.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has asked chief executive Peter Lawwell if he can spend some of the money from the sale to Swansea City of Ki Sung-Yeung on Rosenborg midfielder Markus Henriksen.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Hibernian have targeted former Chelsea midfielder Tom Taiwo, who has turned down a new contract with Carlisle United, but are likely to fail in a bid to land Watford winger Craig Forsyth on loan.

Full story: Sunday Post

OTHER GOSSIP

The state of Sunderland's pitch after a series of summer pop concerts could be questioned following the postponement of their game against Reading due to heavy rain.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg feels that Arsene Wenger's current squad lacks a winning mentality.

Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reveals that he rejected the chance to be Roberto Mancini's assistant at Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Star

Meanwhile, Mancini could quit as Manchester City boss inside a year if he does not receive the backing he requires from the board.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

AND FINALLY

Midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 33, claims he will cut off his long hair and opt for a Mohican like fellow Italian Mario Balotelli if his Juventus side win the Champions League this season.

Full story: Metro