Sunday’s gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Jose Mourinho wants former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 35, to return to Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba, who worked with Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese’s first spell at Chelsea, could return to Stamford Bridge

Full story: Sunday Mirror 

Tottenham are struggling to offload striker Emmanuel Adebayor as they seek to find the funds to make a bid for Aston Villa’s 22-year-old striker Christian Benteke.

Full story: Sunday People 

Arsenal have told Gonzalo Higuain, 25, to hurry up and decide if he wants to join them after growing frustrated with the striker delaying his move to north London.

Full story: Metro 

Chelsea are now ­favourites to sign Wayne Rooney from ­Manchester United this summer but the battle for the 27-year-old striker’s signature could run to the end of the transfer ­window, with the England forward costing £25m.

Full story: Sunday Mirror 

United themselves have no plans to sit down with Rooney over a new contract and want to assess the striker’s form and fitness before discussing his future.

Full story: Mail on Sunday 

Striker Edin Dzeko, 27, will stay at Manchester City and be a “very important player”, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph 

Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner, 25, is being lined up for a move to Premier League side Hull City and a reunion with Tigers boss Steve Bruce, who signed him when in charge at Birmingham and Sunderland.

Full story: Daily Star 

Harry Redknapp is set to beat Premier League opposition in the race to sign £5m Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 25, for Queens Park Rangers.

Full story: Mail on Sunday 

OTHER GOSSIP

Papiss Cisse is being forced to train on his own after Newcastle got tough over the 28-year-old striker’s shirt-sponsorship row.

Full story: Sunday Mirror 

Former Liverpool forward Robbie Keane says Luis Suarez’s position at Liverpool is untenable after comments the 26-year-old striker made earlier in the summer.

Full story: talkSPORT

Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes has injected intensity into training at Manchester United as the new manager’s approach begins to take hold on the club’s Far East tour.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph 

AND FINALLY

Fulham

Mohamed Al Fayed says the Michael Jackson statue must stay at Fulham, or he will shave off Shahid Khan’s moustache

Mohamed Al Fayed has told new Fulham owner Shahid Khan that the statue of Michael Jackson must stay at Craven Cottage – or the incoming businessman’s moustache will get the chop.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

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