Football Gossip: Grealish, Hazard, Toure, Clasie, Skrtel, Vieira, Ivanovic

Posted: 2015-04-23T09:12:29Z

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 19, has become the third Premier League player photographed taking the legal high known as 'hippy crack', the growing craze that anti-drug campaigners warn can kill. The picture was reportedly taken in a hotel room after a night out around six months ago. (Sun - subscription required) 

Bayern Munich are considering making a move for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, 31. (Daily Express) 

Chelsea will attempt to keep hold of Ivanovic by breaking their policy of only offering short-term deals to players over 30 and committing the Serbia international to a new three-year deal. (Daily Star) 

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 30, says he has no plans to leave the Anfield club amid reported interest from Wolfsburg and Napoli. (ESPN) 

Yaya Toure's agent Dimitri Seluk will hold talks with Manchester City after saying several clubs are interested in signing the 31-year-old midfielder. (Sky Sports) 

Serie A club Inter Milan and French champions Paris St-Germain are thought to be monitoring the status of Ivory Coast international Toure. (Times - subscription required) 

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, now head of Manchester City's elite development squad, has the backing of the City players to replace Manuel Pellegrini should the club sack their coach. (Daily Mail) 

Southampton want £20m for striker Jay Rodriguez. The 25-year-old, who is still recovering after he ruptured his right knee ligament against Manchester City a year ago, is a target for City and Tottenham. (Daily Star) 

Southampton's 23-year-old midfielder Victor Wanyama says Arsenal are interested in signing him. (Sun - subscription required) 

Southampton are hoping to beat Newcastle to Feyenoord midfielder and captain Jordy Clasie, the 23-year-old Netherlands international. (Daily Mirror) 

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21, has informed the FA he wants to play for England in the European Under-21 Championship this summer. (Daily Mail) 

Liverpool are reportedly free to complete a transfer deal for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 26, with the Italian side unable to afford a permanent move for the Belgium international they co-own with Cagliari. (Metro) 

A study by the Daily Telegraph has found two thirds of Premier League clubs have either frozen or cut their season-ticket prices for next season. (Telegraph) 

Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 24, will remain at the London club despite recent overtures from Real Madrid. (Telegraph) 

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed reports linking him with a return to the Premier League at Manchester City. (Guardian) 

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry criticised Real Madrid's on-loan forward Javier Hernandez for celebrating like he had "won the World Cup" after scoring in his side's 1-0 Champions League quarter-final second-leg victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. (Daily Express) 

Fifa's head of security during the controversial race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has called for an investigation into claims Mohamed bin Hammam made a vote-trading pact with Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona to aid Qatar's 2022 bid. (Guardian) 

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna, 32, has no plans to leave the club in the close season. (Manchester Evening News) 

Andy Carroll says the West Ham squad want manager Sam Allardyce to stay next season and spearhead a challenge for European football. (London Evening Standard) 

Everton winger Steven Pienaar, 33, considered retiring during his injury problems this season but was persuaded to stay on because of the team spirit in the dressing room. (Liverpool Echo) 

Stoke will support Peter Odemwingie, who will be 34 in July and has not played since rupturing a cruciate knee ligament last August. (Stoke Sentinel) 

Swansea's Jazz Richards, currently on-loan at Fulham, has pledged £1,000 to help pay for a headstone for Swansea soldier Josh Maddick, who was found dead last month aged 22. (South Wales Evening Post) 

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