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Speculation and the odd fact, as reported in the national press today Sunday, June 7, 2015.

Sunday Mirror

James Beattie could be joining Garry Monk’s coaching staff at Swansea City.

Robin van Persie will have showdown talks with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal over his future at Old Trafford. He does not want to become an impact player off the bench after seeing Radamel Falcao struggle in such a role last season.

And amid doubts over his future, van Persie has been urged by former United team-mate Patrice Evra to join him at losing Champions League finalists Juventus.

Manchester City could turn their attentions to Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender if they fail in a bid for Juventus star Paul Pogba.

Marseille striker Andre Ayew could become Steve McClaren’s first signing at Newcastle United - he is expected to become the new boss at St James’ Park soon.

Marcelo Bielsa remains a candidate to take over as West Ham manager and is still stalling on signing a new deal at Marseille.

Mike Ashley could leave the Newcastle board after McClaren is appointed, but he will not relinquish any of his power at St James’ Park.

The Sun

Tottenham are hot on the trail of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after missing out on signing him a couple of years ago.

Slaven Bilic is desperate to take over as West Ham boss and would make signing Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren a priority.

Liverpool’s big back-room shakeup has left the club’s players fearing that Brendan Rodgers will be next to leave.

QPR hope Robert Green will sign a new deal despite interest from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is close to signing Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula.

Bournemouth’s record bid for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle is in trouble because of their £10m price tag.

Celtic are looking for £3m for striker Leigh Griffiths, who is the subject of interest from Leeds United.

Daily Star

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is chasing Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson, who could cost them as much as £30m.

Tottenham are leading the chase to sign Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie.

South Korea captain Kim Young-Gwon is a target for a number of British clubs, including Southampton, Sunderland and Celtic.

West Ham have been told they will need to cough up £10m if they want to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song on a permanent deal.

Micah Richards could be heading to Newcastle once Steve McClaren takes over as manager.

Sean Dyche was all set to take over as Sunderland boss before Dick Advocaat’s dramatic late U-turn.

Sunday Express

Despite interest from Bournemouth, it is Championship side Wolves leading the chase for Palace’s Dwight Gayle.

Liverpool have joined the fight for Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, who has also been linked with Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid.

FIFA could be called in to rule on Sunderland’s move for Inter Milan’s Ricky Alvarez. The Premier League club claim to have a get-out clause in their permanent move for the loanee because of injury.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is keen to get rid of Dani Osvaldo and Gaston Ramirez before beginning his own summer spending spree.

Mail on Sunday

Robin van Persie might only cost Juventus £5m if a deal can be agreed with the Manchester United striker, although he is said to be keen to stay in Manchester for family reasons.

West Brom are in talks with Real Madrid over a deal for midfielder Cristian Benavente.

Monaco have expressed an interest in Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas, who is keen to experience Champions League football next season.

Manchester United face a battle with Real Madrid for 15-year-old Swiss wonderkid Lorenzo Gonzalez.

David Moyes has launched a £6m bid for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who he is keen to add to his Real Sociedad squad.

Sunday Times

Andre Villas-Boas has turned down the chance to take over as AC Milan manager after calling the Serie A club ‘a mess’.


Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been criticised by Togo coach Tom Saintflet after he failed to show for their squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia.