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Thursday's transfer gossip column

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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MANCHESTER United say they have no regrets about losing out on playmaker Mesut Ozil to rivals Arsenal.

The Premier League champions were offered the 24-year-old a month ago, but chose to prioritise a central midfielder and left-back, according to the Daily Mirror.

And the Red Devils are privately “mystified and annoyed" about the criticism of their summer transfer campaign, which saw Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini their only major outlay, although the Daily Telegraph say Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera is interested in a January move to Old Trafford after they failed to sign him on transfer deadline day.

The Daily Express claim that Chelsea's Brazil defender David Luiz rejected a summer move to Barcelona, while Watford and Wigan Athletic both want to sign the Blues’ England under-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, who spent last season at Vicarage Road on loan.

According to Tuttosport, Juventus have their eyes on signing Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso when his contract expires next summer to replace veteran Andrea Pirlo, who will be 35 at the end of the season.

Everton are set to offer England defender Leighton Baines a contract extension after the 28-year-old was not sold to Manchester United this summer.

Also in line for a new deal is former Toffee Joleon Lescott, who wants to extend his stay at Manchester City, and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who failed to push through a move to Arsenal or Paris St-Germain.

United’s pursuit of Baines has led back-up left-back Alex Buttner to lose his "sense of trust" at Old Trafford, and Besiktas want to take him on loan, say talkSPORT.

In the Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick says Shane Long's move to Hull City fell through because the Tigers attempted to change the terms of the deal after having a £6.5 million offer accepted for the Republic of Ireland striker.

The Hawthorns outfit will now open talks with Long about a new contract.

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