Monday's gossip column


Arsenal have handed captain Cesc Fabregas an unprecedented £3m payment and upped his wages by nearly 50% to £110,000-a-week to keep him at the club and warn off the advances of Barcelona.( 
Manchester City and Chelsea have enquired about the availability of Barcelona's Brazilian right-back Dani Alves, who is in ongoing contract negotiations with the Spanish club. (Sport Spanish newspaper) 


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing a £35m bid to bring Atletico Madrid's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 21, to Old Trafford.( 
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Everton will battle it out to sign 17-year-old Dutch winger Bob Schepers from second division side SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden. (the Sun) 
Barcelona are interested in Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy and could offer Spanish striker Bojan Krkic as part of a potential swap deal.( 
Liverpool are ready to beat Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal for the signature of Charlton's 18-year-old striker Jonjo Shelvey for £3m.(Daily Mail) 
West Ham defender Herita Ilunga, 28, is a £2m target for Paris St Germain, while the French side also want Portsmouth's 27-year-old left-back Nadir Belhadj.(the Sun) 
West Brom want to sign Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard in the summer but he may have to take a pay cut to stay in the top flight.(Daily Mail) 
Wolves, Wigan and Celtic have joined the long list of suitors hoping to sign Scunthorpe's £2m-rated striker Gary Hooper after Derby, Coventry and Ipswich also showed an interest in the 22-year-old.(Daily Mail) 
Ipswich manager Roy Keane wants to make Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy's loan move to Portman Road a permanent one.(Daily Mail) 
New Bristol City boss Steve Coppell is keen to sign two players he had at Reading, striker Dave Kitson, now at Stoke, and defender Ivar Ingimarsson, who is still at the Madejski Stadium.(Daily Mirror) 
West Brom are ready to offer a contract to Steven Reid, who is on loan at the Baggies from Blackburn.(Daily Mirror) 


West Ham co-chairman David Gold says manager Gianfranco Zola "deserves another crack" at leading the club after securing Premier League survival. (Daily Mirror) 
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce claims striker Darren Bent should be in the England squad for the World Cup in South Africa this summer after scoring 25 goals for the Black Cats this season.(Daily Mirror) 
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho denies he will take charge of Ghana for their World Cup campaign.(Sky Sports) 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Sol Campbell to stay with the Gunners for another year and believes the defender could be valuable to England at the World Cup.( 
Relegated Hull will begin talks with banks to restructure their £35m debt in a bid to avoid administration and the subsequent 10-point penalty next season.(Daily Mirror) 


Brazil coach Dunga called police to his house to get rid of a comedy television crew.(Yahoo sports) 
Celta Vigo goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez charged 40 metres up the pitch to harangue and shove team-mate Roberto Trashorras after conceding the only goal of the Spanish second division match against Villarreal B. (Yahoo sports)