Man City set for summer striker clearout?

Football writer Stuart Baillie has a look at the day’s hottest Premier League transfer rumours.

Man City are set for a summer striker exodus as the Premier League champions look to clear the decks for Robin Van Persie. Edin Dzeko is a �25 million target for Bayern Munich whilst Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor are also for sale. (Daily Mirror)

Schalke’s Dutch hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could be available for as little as �17 million this summer. The Man United, Arsenal and Spurs target has a buy-out clause in his contract at the Veltins-Arena. (talkSPORT)

Spurs star Gareth Bale could be the next big name to walk out of White Hart Lane, after his agent claimed the clubs lack of Champions League football represents ‘a problem’. (Metro)

Both Newcastle and Demba Ba’s agent have denied any contact from Galatasaray after Sky Italie claimed the Turkish champions were on the verge of clinching an €11 million deal for the Senegal forward. (Daily Mirror)


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Inter Milan will offer defender Andrea Ranocchia as part of a deal to land Man City left back Aleksandar Kolarov. Roberto Mancini is keen to add a centre back to his ranks and is said to be a long-term admirer of the 24-year-old. (Sun)

Arsenal are to renew their interest in free agent Salomon Kalou, who left Chelsea at the end of the season. The Ivorian is keen on a move to the Emirates, but Arsene Wenger must shift some of his high-earning reserve players to make room for his �70,000-a-week wages. (Daily Mirror)

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Chelsea could turn to Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic if they fail to land No.1 target Hulk from Porto. A striker is high on Roberto Di Matteo’s wishlist following Didier Drogba’s exit from the Stamford Bridge club. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

West Ham have taken former Real Madrid midfielder on trial with a two-year contract on offer if the 35-year-old can prove his fitness. The Spaniard, who has been without a club since Besiktas released him in November, will be taken on the Hammers’ pre-season tour of Austria. (Sun)

QPR are set to bolster their defence with the signing of Ryan Nelsen on a free transfer. The New Zealand captain, 34, is set to undergo a medical at Loftus Road following his release from Spurs at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Reading have failed with a second bid, worth more than �2m, for Watford’s Jamaican defender Adrian Mariappa, 25. The Berkshire club are keen to strengthen their defence following promotion from the Championship last season. (Daily Star)

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