Man United eye swap deal for World Cup winner while Spurs star wants out

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Transfer speculation has continued to bubble away today, with Premier League sides thought to be limbering up before spending big.

A number of stories have made the headlines, with some big names linked with a move.

Today, Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur have been among the clubs to feature prominently.

Man United are ready to offer Angel Di Maria as part of a deal to land Bayern Munich’s World Cup-winning forward Mario Gotze. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka says it will be “difficult” to seal a deal for West Ham United’s Stewart Downing. (London Evening Standard)

Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has joined Sevilla for £7million. (talkSPORT)

Man United target Bastian Schweinsteiger is “flattered” by the interest, according to the chairman of his current club, Bayern Munich. (Daily Mail)

Southampton are expecting French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to leave this summer, but will demand Man United pay £27m to land him. (The Independent)

Raheem Sterling is adamant that the breakdown in the relationship between himself and manager Brendan Rodgers is the reason he wants to leave Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)

However, Liverpool will demand Sterling joins them on their pre-season tour to Australia and Asia. (The Sun)

Robin van Persie is close to joining Fenerbahce from Man United. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City are set to land Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given from under the noses of Middlesbrough. (Various)

Micah Richards says he turned down Inter Milan to join Aston Villa. (Yahoo Eurosport)

Richards has now urged Villa to bid for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin. (Daily Star)

Roberto Soldado is keen to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer for more regular football elsewhere, with clubs in his native Spain interested in the striker. (The Guardian)

Southampton believe they are entitled to £2m after formee loanee Toby Alderweireld joined Tottenham from Atletico Madrid, despite the Saints having an option to sign him permanently. (Daily Star)

Bournemouth are closing in on the £6m signing of former Leeds United winger Max Gradel, who is currently at St Etienne. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, the Gazette today revealed Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was closing in on an £11.5m move to Newcastle United.

The Gazette also reported Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat was targeting three or four more signings this summer.