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TRANSFER RUMOURS

Tottenham are favourites to sign Argentine World Cup defender Roberto Ayala from Valencia. (The Sun)

Everton are weighing up a swoop for Manchester City forward Antoine Sibierski on a free transfer. (Daily Star)

Newcastle have reaffirmed their interest in strikers Dirk Kuyt of Feyenoord and Obafemi Martins of Inter Milan. (The Times)

Liverpool are also set to renew their interest in Kuyt. (The Independent)

Reading are set to miss out on Ivory Coast midfielder Emerse Fae because he is not convinced about a move from Nantes to the Premiership club. (Daily Star)

Celtic defender Mo Camara is to join Leeds on a season-long loan deal. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are attempting to bring back Mido - three months after cutting their ties with him at the end of his loan period from AS Roma. (The Times)

New Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is stepping up his bid to sign Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov. (Daily Record)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the green light to buy Villarreal's Marcos Senna after the Spanish club revealed they would be prepared to sell the midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Brighton have joined the race to sign Ipswich striker Sam Parkin. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal stiker Thierry Henry has warned the Gunners that losing defender Ashley Cole to Chelsea would be a massive blow. (The Sun)

Chelsea defender William Gallas, who failed to turn up to the club's training camp in the United States last week, has threatened to go on strike as his feud with Chelsea reaches a new level. (Daily Star)

Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo was pelted with chewing gum in his first match on English soil since the World Cup - a 4-1 friendly win over Oxford in which he scored two goals. (The Sun)

Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes, who are facing suspensions after being sent off in a pre-season friendly against Porto in Amsterdam, will be free to play in the Premiership opener against Fulham on 20 August because the Dutch Football Association failed to send the referee's report to the English FA by August 8. (Various)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger axed Jose Antonio Reyes from the team that beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 in the Champions League because he believes his mind is already at Real Madrid, who have been repeatedly linked to the winger. (Various)

Hearts boss Valdas Ivanauskas has appealed for the whole of Scotland to back his side's bid for a Champions League group place. (Daily Record)

New England boss Steve McClaren will turn to his former number two at Middlesbrough, Steve Round, as he looks to reshape the backroom staff for the national team. (The Guardian)

Blackburn have offered midfielder Aaron Mokoena a new three-year deal to stop him leaving on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Star)

FUNNIES

Referee Kevin Wright booked Mansfield's Stephen Dawson twice in the 2-1 win over MK Dons - but failed to send off the midfielder. (The Sun)

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