Tuesday's gossip column


Fulham are lining up a double summer bid for Tottenham pair Tom Huddlestone and Gareth Bale. (Daily Express) 
Huddlestone could leave unless he is guaranteed first-team football. (The Times) 
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is chasing Athletic Bilbao's Spanish under-21 midfielder Javi Martinez. (Daily Mirror) 
Hull manager Phil Brown is hopeful of signing Angola striker Manucho, currently on loan from Manchester United, in a permanent deal for £750,000. (Daily Mail) 
Celtic and Rangers are chasing Hamilton Accies goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. (Scottish Sun) 
Rangers have targeted Northern Ireland duo Warren Feeney, the striker on loan at Dundee United from Cardiff, and Chris Brunt, the West Brom midfielder. (Scottish Daily Mail) 
Nottingham Forest hope to make the loan signing of Brighton defender Joel Lynch, 21, permanent. (Daily Mirror) 
Barcelona are in pole position to sign Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery this summer, though Bayern are demanding a world record fee. (The Guardian) 


Sunderland are ready to ask Alan Curbishley to become their emergency new manager - once he settles his dispute with West Ham this week. (Daily Mirror) 
Portsmouth could accept a reduced overall fee from Manchester City for the striker Benjani because of cash woes. (Daily Mail) 
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is battling growing unrest in his squad over Robinho's attitude. (The Sun) 
Manchester United will offer striker Federico Macheda a long-term deal when he turns 18 in August. (The Sun) 
Colin Kazim-Richards - a target for Hull and Portsmouth - is desperate to return to Premier League football, but Fenerbahce want £3m for him. (Daily Mirror) 
Robin van Persie is ready to sign a new contract at Arsenal despite turning down a £65,000 deal in March. (Daily Mirror) 
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak will watch the club play on Thursday and decide whether Mark Hughes retains the support of fans. (The Guardian) 
Aberdeen cannot afford to offer new deals to midfielder Jamie Smith and defender Lee Mair. (Daily Record) 
Celtic are set to be priced out of a move for Rayo Vallecano's defensive midfielder Mohamed Diame. (Scottish Daily Mail) 
Hearts winger Saulius Mikoliunas insists he may yet stay at Tynecastle despite failing to agree new terms. (Various) 
Former Hearts and Inverness manager John Robertson has been approached to coach the national side of Liberia. (Scottish Sun) 

Oldham Athletic's mascot, Chaddy the Owl, had to be carried from the pitch after falling off a BMX bike during the pre-match entertainment at Carlisle. (Daily Telegraph)