Football transfer gossip (June 18): Leeds United, Stoke City, Wolves

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Swansea want to sign Leeds striker Max Gradel for £1.5m to boost their strike force in their first season in the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Midfielder Luka Modric says he wants to leave Tottenham and sign for Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea have increased their bid for Modric to £25m after the midfielder indicated he wanted to move. (The Times)

Chelsea are also set to sign winger Kevin de Bruyne from Belgian club Genk - but the 19-year-old could remain in Belgium for another term as he wants a loan move to Anderlecht to gain regular first-team football at a club in Europe.

Full story: Goal.com

But Jose Mourinho is set to beat old club Chelsea in the race to sign Neymar. The Real Madrid coach is ready to pay the £40m demanded by Brazil side Santos for the striker, 19, but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not budge above £30m.

Full story: The Sun

New Newcastle midfielder Sylvain Marveaux was also wanted by Liverpool but failed a medical with the Reds.

Full story: Football.fr

Udinese’s Colombia international centre-back Cristian Zapata says he is close to joining Liverpool. The £14m-rated defender has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Roma are ready to beat Liverpool to signing £8m full-back Gael Clichy from Arsenal.

Full story: talkSPORT

Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago, linked with Liverpool, has indicated he will talk to coach Jose Mourinho before making a decision on his future.

Full story: Goal.com

Real Madrid are using former player Zinedine Zidane as a secret weapon as they try to beat Manchester United to the signing of Lens’ teenage defender Raphael Varane.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn boss Steve Kean faces defeat in his bid to sign Roma striker Mirko Vucinic - the Montenegro international hopes to clinch a move to Juventus.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Seville are chasing Newcastle centre-back Fabrizio Coloccini but the Spanish side have failed to meet the £7m asking price.

Full story: The Sun

Arsenal have held talks with Jose Enrique’s representatives after identifying the Newcastle United left-back as a possible replacement for Gael Clichy. (The Times)

QPR boss Neil Warnock has told captain Adel Taarabt he can leave the club in January, saying he will “probably have had enough” of the Morocco international by Christmas.

Full story: Daily Mail

Warnock is weighing up a £3m move for Real Valladolid striker Javi Guerra, the top scorer in Spain’s second division last season with 29 goals.

Full story: Daily Mail

Patrick Vieira could be set to stay at Manchester City as a coach, rather than make a final money-spinning move to play in America.

Full story: Daily Star

Sweden international Sebastian Larsson is set to join Sunderland, rejecting interest from Arsenal, Aston Villa and Newcastle after leaving Birmingham on a free.

Full story: Daily Mail

Wolves have joined the chase for Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner.

Full story: talkSPORT

Wolves are also set to test Birmingham’s resolve with a £7m bid for defender Roger Johnson, and are keen on Swansea goalkeeper Dorus De Vries, too.

Full story: Daily Mail

Alex McLeish, the new Aston Villa manger, is monitoring Scotland right-back Alan Hutton, who did not feature for Tottenham at the end of last season. (The Times)

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has dismissed rumours linking midfielder Glenn Whelan with a move away from the Britannia Stadium, after Fulham were reported to be interested in signing the Irishman.

Full story: Goal.com

Bolton are poised to throw a Premier League lifeline to England Under-19 striker Nile Ranger, who has been transfer-listed by Newcastle after failing to convince boss Alan Pardew that he has a long-term future at St James’s Park.

Full story: Daily Star

Bolton will allow goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi to complete a £4m move to Wigan, where he spent last season on loan, after Jussi Jaaskelainen agreed a new two-year deal at the Reebok.

Full story: Daily Mail

Malky Mackay’s first major act as Cardiff City manager will be to tempt striker Craig Bellamy to return to the club. Bellamy spent last season on loan at Cardiff from Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Villarreal have rejected an offer from European champions Barcelona for Italy international Giuseppe Rossi, the former Manchester United striker, the player’s agent Andrea Pastorello has revealed.

Full story: Goal.com

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