Gossip column: Cole, Lallana, Immobile, Borini & Cavani – 9th May 2014

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Liverpool have made a £20m bid for Southampton’s 25-year-old midfielder Adam Lallana, with Manchester United also interested.

Adam Lallana has scored 10 goals in 41 appearances for Southampton this season

Full story: Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5616026/Adam-Lallana-subject-of-20m-Liverpool-bid.html

Monaco are ready to offer Chelsea’s out-of-contract defender Ashley Cole, 33, a £12m two-year deal.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football

But Manchester City have joined Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid in the chase to sign England full-back Cole.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/transfers-manchester-city-make-ashley-3514295

Chelsea and Manchester United face a huge summer battle if they are to convince Paris St-Germain to part with striker Edinson Cavani, 27.

Full story: Metro   http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/08/paris-saint-germain-remain-firm-over-edinson-cavani-amid-links-to-chelsea-and-manchester-united-4721793/

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is planning to release as many as seven players as he looks to strengthen his squad at the end of the season.

Full story: Evening Standard   http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/west-ham-boss-sam-allardyce-targets-eight-additions-while-seven-are-set-for-upton-park-exit-9337892.html

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, still does not know if he will return to Stamford Bridge after scoring 17 goals on loan at Everton this season.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5615825/Romelu-Lukakus-Chelsea-future-unclear.html

Liverpool’s Fabio Borini could stay at Sunderland on loan for another year. The 23-year-old forward also hopes his form with the Black Cats will be enough to earn a place in Italy’s World Cup squad.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/377972/Sunderland-loan-star-Fabio-Borini-could-be-back-at-the-Stadium-of-Light-next-season

Fenerbahce defender Caner Erkin, 25, will stay at the Turkish club despite interest from Liverpool and Roma.

Full story: Inside Futbol   http://www.insidefutbol.com/2014/05/08/fenerbahce-is-his-priority-agent-of-liverpool-linked-caner-erkin/139807/

Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, 37, is considering extending his stay at the Britannia Stadium by one more year.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel   http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Stoke-City-Thomas-Sorensen-offered-new-year-deal/story-21070638-detail/story.html OTHER GOSSIP

West Ham will bow to the wishes of their fans and sack boss Sam Allardyce after Sunday’s Premier League match at Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/index.html

Liverpool hope West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 25, and winger Stewart Downing, 29 – both former Reds – can help them win the Premier League title by beating Manchester City on the the final day of the season.

Full story: Guardian   http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/08/liverpool-westhamunited

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 35, is unsure whether Dutchman Louis van Gaal will offer him a new contract if he takes over as manager.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-united-stalwart-rio-ferdinand-3513371?

Gareth Barry made his England debut in a friendly against Ukraine on 31 May 2000

Ferdinand fears Manchester United may come to regret central defensive partner Nemanja Vidic, 32, leaving Old Trafford this summer to join Inter Milan.

Full story: Guardian   http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/08/rio-ferdinand-manchester-united-nemanja-vidic-exit

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he will make a decision on whether to permanently sign 33-year-old on-loan midfielder Gareth Barry next week.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/378009/Roberto-Martinez-to-decide-Gareth-Barry-s-Everton-future-next-week

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Manchester City should be excluded from the Champions League after breaking Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/10817858/Arsene-Wenger-says-Manchester-City-should-be-excluded-from-Champions-League-after-breaking-FFP-rules.html

Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo, 21, who has just returned from a loan spell with Middlesbrough, has turned down a new contract offer at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/474757/I-want-double-the-money-Chelsea-youngster-Kenneth-Omeruo-turns-down-latest-deal

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta, 29, has called on the title-chasing club’s fans to remain patient as they show their support in Sunday’s final game against West Ham.

Full story: Manchester Evening News   http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/pablo-zabaleta-manchester-city-fan-7092534 GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 26, says he is very close to signing a new contract with Barcelona, dismissing talk about him leaving the club as “nonsense”.

Full story: L’Equipe (in French)   http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Messi-beaucoup-de-betises-sur-mon-avenir/463421

Atletico Madrid are considering signing Sevilla’s 26-year-old midfielder Ivan Rakitic as a replacement for attacking midfielder Diego, 29, who has hinted at a summer exit from the club.

Full story: AS (in Spanish)   http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2014/05/09/primera/1399597353_848695.html

Arsenal, Newcastle and Fiorentina have joined Juventus in the race to sign 21-year-old Manchester United forward William Keane.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)   http://www.tuttosport.com/calcio/serie_a/juventus/2014/05/08-293951/La+Juve+ci+riprova%3A+Keane+dal+Manchester+United

Barcelona’s 23-year-old forward Bojan Krkic says he will not be continuing his loan spell at Ajax into another season.

Immobile has scored 21 goals in 32 Serie A appearances for Torino this season

Full story: AS (in Spanish)   http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2014/05/08/primera/1399564171_146846.html

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc will travel to Italy to negotiate the transfer of 24-year-old Torino striker Ciro Immobile. The German club are looking to replace the Bayern Munich-bound forward Robert Lewandowski, 25.

Full story: Bild (in German)   http://sportbild.bild.de/fussball/2014/fussball/zorc-treffen-mit-immobile-arsenal-will-martinez-35873386.sport.html

Paris St-Germain have renewed manager Laurent Blanc’s contract until 2016.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)   http://www.marca.com/2014/05/08/futbol/futbol_internacional/liga_francesa/1399555993.html

Fiorentina’s 28-year-old forward Mario Gomez has described this season as the “ugliest” of his career after he was left out of Germany’s provisional World Cup squad.

Full story: Bild (in German)   http://sportbild.bild.de/fussball/nationalmannschaft/nationalmannschaft/stimmen-zur-wm-kader-nominierung-gomez-die-haesslichste-saison-meiner-karriere-35878082.sport.html AND FINALLY

After the Football Association announced their plans to introduce Premier League B teams to the Football League, League Two side Accrington Stanley have vowed to launch a B team and apply to join the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2623686/Accrington-Stanley-mock-Greg-Dykes-Premier-League-B-team-proposal-Twitter.html

Some Manchester City fans are furious after one supporter attempted to sell a ticket for Sunday’s final league game at Etihad Stadium, when they are likely to be crowned champions, for £3,000 on an online auction site.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-city-fans-furious-one-3511742

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