THE RUMOUR MILL: Football transfer rumours from around the country

A daily look at all of the latest rumours doing the rounds nationally.

According to the Daily star, Manchester United will 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.

The Daily Telegraph are reporting that 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.

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Aston Villa and Sunderland are chasing Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend, but must pay £15m to secure his services according to the Daily Mail.

The Evening Chronicle are reporting that Steve McClaren is confident the Magpies are closing in on summer targets - with Anderlecht's Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, set to be the first signing.

The Stoke Sentinal report that Stoke City have set a deadline to complete the signing of 23-year-old Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri, with assistant manager Mark Bowen saying: "There is a limit to how long we can wait."

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