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

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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.

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)