Thursday's gossip column

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Manchester United are convinced they will sign Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, 18, in a £30m deal that was planned before David Moyes's sacking earlier this week.

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United are to make enquiries over whether Paris St-Germain may sell striker Edinson Cavani, 27, and may make another bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, whom they failed to sign last summer.

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Barcelona will look to push through a move for Chelsea midfielder David Luiz, 27, after their transfer ban was temporarily lifted.

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Jose Mourinho's interest in Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 25, could be ended because Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is thought to be keen on bringing Cavani to Stamford Bridge instead.

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Barcelona have joined the pursuit of Tottenham's Belgium international defender Jan Vertonghen, 27, who is also wanted by Roma.

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is thought to be considering a move for Manchester United and England midfielder Tom Cleverley, 23, as a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Leon Osman.

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The Toffees are also considering a move for another Manchester United England international, 23-year-old striker Danny Welbeck.

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With uncertainty over the future of 26-year-old Netherlands international goalkeeper Tim Krul at Newcastle, the Magpies are looking at Jeroen Zoet, 23, of PSV Eindhoven, and Celtic's Fraser Forster, 26, as possible replacements.

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Newcastle have been offered Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere for about £4.5m, but are likely to reject the chance to sign the 24-year-old, who has scored 13 goals in 33 games this season.

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, now the Napoli boss, is keen to sign Reds defender Daniel Agger, 29, this summer.

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Newcastle will make a renewed bid to sign Benfica's Serbia midfielder Filip Djuricic, 22, after meeting the player's representative last week.

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Southampton's Calum Chambers, 19, is being viewed by Arsenal as a possible replacement for Bacary Sagna, 31.

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Newcastle and Sunderland face a tussle to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel, 26.

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David Moyes accused his Manchester United stars of playing like girls during his ill-fated reign at Old Trafford - and claimed they were trying to get him the sack.

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Ryan Giggs told United's players "we will go back to playing like Manchester United" during his first team talk following his appointment as the club's interim manager.

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Manchester United co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer, plus director brother Bryan, are flying to England to consult with chief executive Ed Woodward over the recruitment of the club's next manager.

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Former United captain Roy Keane has emerged as a possible assistant to Louis van Gaal if the Dutchman is named as Moyes's full-time successor.

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Eric Harrison, United's former youth-team coach who guided the famous 'Class of 92', which included Giggs and Paul Scholes, says the spirit has been missing from the side this season and hopes it can return under the guidance of players he knows well.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, 64, is planning to sign a new contract at the club this summer - and then go on a £70m spending spree to improve the Gunners squad.

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 27, says his team need to show more character and admitted it would be "difficult to do worse" against the big clubs next season.

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Chelsea's board have approved Jose Mourinho's controversial plans to field a weakened team in Sunday's Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield.

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A takeover of Birmingham has moved a step closer after proposals from at least five interested parties were discussed at a board meeting of the Blues' parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Ltd.

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp admits he has been inundated with offers of players for next season - but has told agents he will not make any decisions until he knows what division the club will be in.

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GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

In addition to David Luiz, Barcelona are looking at Paris St-Germain's Thiago Silva, 29, Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte, 19, Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio, 23, Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, 22, and FC Basel's Fabian Schar, 22, as possible transfer targets to strengthen their squad.

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Inter Milan President Erick Thorir is waiting to receive offers for goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. AS Monaco, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City and Real Madrid have shown an interest in the 29-year-old Slovenia international.

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Bayer Leverkusen have begun making enquiries for Hamburg's 20-year-old Turkey international midfielder and Liverpool-target Hakan Calhanoglu.

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Juventus are still unsure about extending the contract of Mauricio Isla, despite strong praise from compatriot Arturo Vidal for the 25-year-old Chilean midfielder.

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is the only viable option for AC Milan if they decide to sack current coach Clarence Seedorf at the end of the season.

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A Liverpool fan in Kosovo who vowed not to have his hair cut until Liverpool won the Premier League is so confident the Reds will win the title that he has booked himself into the hairdressers for the first time in 11 years.

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