Football Gossip-Transfers And Rumours

Inter Milan are lining up a £17m summer bid for Manchester City’s 29-year-old midfielder Gareth Barry.
Full story: talkSPORT

Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao is wanted by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a replacement for Patrice Evra, who could move abroad in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are interested in Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo, who has entered the final six months of his current deal with the French club. (the Times)
Manchester City will allow Shay Given to leave Eastlands, but only if they can find a replacement.
Full story: the Guardian
 
Real Madrid are ramping up their bid to land Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Spanish club want Adebayor on a short-term loan but they will have to stump up the majority of his £160,000-a-week wages.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar will reject Chelsea to sign for Tottenham next week.
Full story: Daily Mirror
Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan are all interested in Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez.
Full story: Daily Mail

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says that striker Karim Benzema, who has been linked with a move to England, will not be leaving the club during the transfer window.
Full story: the Independent

Aston Villa are stepping up their efforts to sign Wigan left-back Maynor Figueroa after the club allowed Stephen Warnock to return to Liverpool on loan.
Full story: Daily Mail
Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz is wanted by both Blackburn Rovers and Fulham. (the Times)

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to drop midfielder Michael Essien and striker Didier Drogba for the game against Blackburn as he looks to arrest the club’s miserable run of form.
Full story: the Guardian

Ancelotti has revealed his fear that the club will not qualify for next season’s Champions League. (the Times)
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Gareth Bale will not come back to haunt him in Sunday’s game against Tottenham after conceding he was the one that got away for the Old Trafford outfit.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes that if his side loses Sunday’s game, Manchester United will win the Premier League title.
Full story: the Sun

Burnley are offering Eddie Howe a three-and-a-half-year contract worth £1.75m to join them from Bournemouth.
Full story: Daily Mirror
 
Barry Hearn has thrown his weight behind Tottenham’s bid to move into the London 2012 Olympic Stadium after the Games. Leyton Orient’s chairman said: “Unfortunately the [Olympic] stadium is poorly designed, unfortunately the stadium is a waste of public money and it’s things like that, that the government and the people involved in the Olympics don’t want to hear.”
Full story: talkSPORT
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, who is out of the derby against Sunderland, is struggling to play again this month.
Full story: Daily Star