Football gossip: Manchester United to step up chase for Bayern Munich star as race hots up for Charlie Austin

Manchester United are reportedly set to step up their pursuit of Bayern Munich’s World Cup-winning forward Thomas Muller, 25, after agreeing to sell 31-year-old striker Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce. (Daily Star)

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, is set to complete an £8m move to Chelsea with Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 22, moving the other way as part of the deal. (Daily Telegraph)

Sevilla, West Ham United and Orlando want Manchester United’s £8m-rated striker Javier Hernandez, according to the Daily Mail.

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Newcastle United have been told they must pay Queens Park Rangers £15m if they want to sign 26-year-old striker Charlie Austin, claims the Newcastle Evening Chronicle).

Crystal Palace also want former Burnley player Austin - and will make an initial offer of £6m plus two players in part exchange as they look to win hiws signature. (Guardian)

Tottenham want £15m for 23-year-old winger Andros Townsend, who is wanted by Aston Villa and Sunderland. (Daily Mail)