Gossip column: Chelsea agree Costa deal, Hummels, Shaw, Ruddy, Guerra

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http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/wp-admin/Diego Costa has scored 27 times in 33 La Liga appearances for Atletico Madrid this season

Diego Costa has scored 27 times in 33 La Liga appearances for Atletico Madrid this season

Chelsea have agreed a £32m deal with Atletico Madrid to sign their Brazilian striker Diego Costa, 25.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/378576/CONFIRMED-Chelsea-AGREE-32m-fee-with-Atletico-for-Diego-Costa

Manchester United are hoping to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Germany defender Mats Hummels, 25, as a replacement for the departing Rio Ferdinand, 35.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/475539/Rio-s-off-Ferdinand-to-LEAVE-as-Manchester-United-move-for-Mats-Hummels?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-express-sport-news+%28Daily+Express+%3A%3A+Sport+Feed%29

Brazil defender David Luiz, 27, is set to leave Chelsea for Barcelona following this summer’s World Cup.

Full story: Daily Star   http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/378467/Barca-boy-Chelsea-star-David-Luiz-agrees-32m-switch-to-Camp-Nou

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is planning to raid relegated Norwich for goalkeeper John Ruddy, 27, who is on standby for England’s World Cup squad.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/10825244/Crystal-Palace-to-make-5m-summer-bid-for-Norwich-City-goalkeeper-John-Ruddy.html

Blackpool’s 22-year-old winger Tom Ince – who finished the season on loan at Crystal Palace – could follow in his father Paul’s footsteps by joining Inter Milan.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2626563/Tom-Ince-set-Inter-Milan-talks-frontman-moves-step-closer-following-fathers-footsteps-San-Siro.html

Tom Ince ended the season as Blackpool’s leading scorer despite joining Crystal Palace on loan in January

Real Valladolid striker Javi Guerra, 32, will join Cardiff City next season despite their relegation to the Championship, says boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Full story: Western Mail   http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-confirms-spanish-7106637

Strikers Luuk de Jong, 23, and Shola Ameobi, 32, are among seven players expected to leave Newcastle this summer.

Full Story: Newcastle Chronicle   http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/newcastle-united-set-release-up-7108787

England left-back Luke Shaw, 18, will join Manchester United from Southampton for £27m before the World Cup in Brazil.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2626342/Luke-Shaw-close-27m-United-club-set-confirm-deal-World-Cup.html

Southampton are holding out for £25m for England midfielder Adam Lallana after Liverpool made a £20m bid on Monday.

Full story: Liverpool Echo   http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-fc-bid-20-million-7110103 OTHER GOSSIP

England manager Roy Hodgson will ban agents from the team’s camp as he does not want his players to be distracted by potential transfers prior to and during the World Cup.

Full story: Independent   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/475516/Hodgson-warns-Southampton-duo-Lallana-and-Shaw-no-transfer-distractions

Wayne Rooney has yet to score a goal at a World Cup finals

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, 28, has gone on holiday to Portugal with two fitness trainers to make sure his groin problem is sorted out before the start of next month’s World Cup.

Full story: Guardian   http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/may/12/wayne-rooney-england-world-cup-fitness-portugal

West Brom want Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood to take over from Spaniard Pepe Mel, who left the Baggies on Monday.

Full story: Daily Mirror   http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/west-brom-manager-tim-sherwood-3532973

But Sherwood faces competition from Gianfranco Zola, Celtic boss Neil Lennon and Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes – a former West Brom midfielder – to take over at The Hawthorns.

Full story: Times (subscription required)   http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/football/mcinnes-and-mackay-tipped-to-replace-mel.24207670

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes, ex-Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay and former Norwich manager Chris Hughton are also being linked with the West Brom post.

Full story: Daily Express   http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/475498/David-Moyes-and-Tim-Sherwood-in-running-to-replace-Pepe-Mel-at-West-Brom

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is set to find out on Tuesday whether he will keep his job as he is scheduled to hold talks with the Hammers board.

Newcastle’s Alan Pardew is the sixth-longest serving current manager in English football

Full story: Sun (subscription required)   http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5623856/Sam-Allardyce-will-plead-for-his-job-today-in-crunch-talks.html

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will keep Alan Pardew as manager and make £60m available in transfer funds over the summer.

Full story: Daily Telegraph   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/newcastle-united/10825717/Newcastle-United-owner-Mike-Ashley-decides-against-sacking-Alan-Pardew-and-gives-him-significant-transfer-budget.html

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will fly to the United States this week to hold talks about his future after the club’s owner put the club up for sale.

Full story: Times (subscription required)   http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/football/clubs/astonvilla/article4087866.ece AND FINALLY

West Ham striker Andy Carroll, put on stand by for the World Cup by England boss Roy Hodgson, says he would rather be in Brazil than on holiday with his girlfriend in Dubai.

Full story: Daily Mail   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/article-2626501/Andy-Carroll-reveals-hed-Brazil-cheeky-message-girlfriends-holiday-picture.html

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