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FAB INCENTIVE:
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is apparently willing to hand Fabio Borini to Southampton to push through a double deal for Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

Saints are holding out for a big fee for Lallana, largely due to the 25% cut Bournemouth would be owed, while Lovren is also reported to be a target for Barcelona.

Borini had a good season on loan at Sunderland last term but it is difficult to foresee Southampton jumping at the opportunity. Les Reed said on Monday: "Anybody seriously considering coming for our players is going to have to think very significantly about the size of the fee." Expect Southampton's reaction to fall somewhere between 'underwhelmed' and 'exasperated'.


MERSEYSIDE MOVES FOR MBIA
Liverpool and Everton are monitoring Stephane Mbia, who is a free agent after his contract ran out at QPR.

The Cameroon international thrived away from Loftus Road on loan at Sevilla last season, with the defensive midfielder displaying a creative side to his game few people knew he had. Rodgers wants to add steel to his midfield, while Roberto Martinez is exploring his options should Gareth Barry choose not to make a permanent switch to Goodison Park.

Sevilla are also keen to keep Mbia but they know they will struggle to match the wages on offer in the Premier League.


BEBE BAIT FOR BENFICA'S GAITAN:
Manchester United are reportedly preparing a cash-plus-player offer that would potentially see them swap striker Bebe for Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan.

United are not giving up on the midfielder, despite the 26-year-old insisting earlier this month that he wanted to stay in Lisbon. Gaitan has form for this, though, having told Boca Juniors that he did not want to leave before he joined Benfica in 2010.

Despite chucking in Bebe, who rebuilt his reputation on loan with Pacos de Ferreira last season, The Mirror claim Gaitan would still cost United around £15million.


SPURS WANT O'SHEA
Tottenham are lining up a £3million bid for Sunderland defender John O'Shea, according to The Telegraph.

The 33-year-old has only a year remaining on his contract at the Stadium of Light, with Spurs understood to be keen on the former Manchester United utility player to replace Michael Dawson, who is currently a free agent. With Sunderland chasing Swansea's Ashley Williams, you might expect them to snap Mauricio Pochettino's hand off should he arrive on Wearside with a £3million offer. This one might just be mental enough to work...


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Michael Dawson isn't a free agent; his contract runs to 2015. And there's absolutely no way Spurs would be looking to sign O'Shea, and Daniel Levy definitely wouldn't be paying £3m for a 33-year-old in the final year of his contract.
- fictionalemu

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