Friday’s gossip column – transfers and rumours

Chelsea defender David Luiz, 25, is a shock £30m target for Barcelona and the Spanish giants want to make a move before the transfer window shuts at the end of August.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are considering a surprise bid for Tottenham midfelder Rafael van der Vaart, 29, as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to bring in more creativity to his squad.
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Tottenham look set to rival Manchester United for Fulham star Moussa Dembele, 25, with Andre Villas-Boas prepared to trigger a £15m release fee for the midfielder.
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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is hopeful of completing the signing of Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, 23, this week and bringing in Pablo Hernandez from Valencia.
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West Brom and Everton are battling it out to sign FC Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo, 22.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are working hard to bring in Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Willian, 24, but no longer want Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, 23.
Full story: Guardian

West Brom have made a move to sign Blackburn defender Martin Olsson, 24, as left-sided defensive cover.
Full story: Birmingham Mail

Andre Villas-Boas wants to trim his Tottenham squad further after letting defender Michael Dawson, 28, leave the club.
Full story: The Times (subscription)

New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has banned laptops and mobile phones from the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has told fans not to write off his former club despite their 1-0 opening day defeat at Everton.
Full story: Manchester Evening News

Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has pleaded for the help of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to raise the profile of reggae music.
Full story: Metro