Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Wayne Rooney fears Manchester United are preparing to offload him for £40m.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Theo Walcott
Walcott has only one year left remaining on his contract at Arsenal and has turned down a new deal

England winger Theo Walcott has rejected a new Arsenal contract and could be sold for £15m with Manchester City and Liverpool favourites to sign the 23-year-old.

Full story: The Times (subscription only)

Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could be sold by Shanghai Shenhua because of an escalating row among the Chinese club's shareholders.

Full story: Guardian

Turkish club Fenerbache are preparing an £8m bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien and have enquired about his Portuguese team-mate Raul Meireles.

Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle will only accept offers for Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini, 30, Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, or French playmaker Yohan Cabaye, 26, if they are too good to turn down.

Full story: Independent

Tottenham have been warned they may miss out on 22-year-old France international midfielder Yann M'Vila after having a £12m bid rejected earlier this summer.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Moutinho from Porto and Russia striker Alan Dzagoev, 22, from CSKA Moscow, but could lose Jermain Defoe and Rafael van der Vaart.

Full story: Daily Mirror

German club Hamburg hope an offer of around £9m will be enough to tempt Tottenham to sell 29-year-old midfielder Van der Vaart.

Full story: Daily Mail

Dimitar Berbatov's agent is due in Florence to secure the Bulgarian's switch from Manchester United to Fiorentina.

Full story: Gazetta dello Sport (in Italian)

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is hoping to revive his loan deal for Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

OTHER GOSSIP

Stewart Downing
Downing was left out of Liverpool's starting line-up against Manchester City on Sunday

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Stewart Downing that the winger may have to convert to left-back to have any future at Anfield.

Full story: Guardian

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has expressed his frustration at new players facing immediate comparisons with departed star Robin van Persie.

Full story: Metro

AND FINALLY

A German referee made a splash in a Bundesliga match between Hannover and Schalke when a bottle of his own water exploded on him.

Full story: Metro