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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 June 2007, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Saturday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...


Liverpool are planning to hijack Juventus' move for Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze. (Various)

And the Reds will wrap up a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres in "days", despite reports Manchester City tabled a bigger bid. (Times)

Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover of City is in the balance. (Various)

Carlos Tevez will make a decision on his future after the Copa America. Four Premiership clubs are interested. (Independent)

Manchester United are leading the race to sign the Argentine. (Star)

Although Sir Alex Ferguson does not actually want to sign Tevez, Michael Owen or Jermain Defoe. (Mail)

And Sir Alex will have to sell before he can spend on any more new players. (Mail)

Manchester United are the club that are set to beat Rangers to the signature of Bordeaux's Julien Fabuert. (Star)

Or maybe not. West Ham have offered 6m for the wantaway winger. (Express)

The Hammers could make a move for Tottenham striker Mido. (Telegraph)

Fellow Spurs striker Jermain Defoe features prominently on Aston Villa's list of summer targets. (Express)

But Defoe does not want to move to Villa or West Ham, while Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as Manchester United, do not want him. (Times)

Who does that leave? Sunderland, who put in an 8m bid for Defoe. (Express)

And Portsmouth are also interested in the diminutive striker. (Various)

Pompey are in the market for a striker as Bulgarian Svetoslav Todorov has turned down a new contract. (Various)

Villa are also still leading the chase for West Ham midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, although Manchester City hope to hijack that move. (Telegraph)

And Villa boss Martin O'Neill will splash some of his 30m transfer kitty - 10m to be precise - on Chelsea midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Mirror)

Although Tottenham boss Martin Jol believes he will win the race to sign Wright-Phillips - if one develops - and he also wants fellow Chelsea player Lassana Diarra. (Sun)

Another midfielder heading for the exit at Stamford Bridge looks to be Geremi. Aston Villa - yup, them again - are vying with Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Everton and Sunderland for the Cameroonian. (Mail)

And then there's Frank Lampard. Jose Mourinho has warned that Chelsea have to sort out the England international's future before other clubs tempt him to leave. (Sun)

And Blues striker Didier Drogba has revealed he is weighing up offers from other clubs and will make a decision on his future next week. (Sun)

One player not leaving west London this summer is Arjen Robben. (Various)

And Kevin Nolan will not be leaving Bolton - news that will come as a blow to reported suitors West Ham. (Various)

Fulham want to make a 2.5m bid for Blackburn striker Jason Roberts, who has snubbed an approach from Charlton. Everton are also interested. (Sun)

Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage has turned down a move to Wigan. (Various)

And Rovers and Celtic are battling it out for Holland striker Maceo Rigters. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will have to drop his 12m asking price for Craig Bellamy if he wants to offload the Welsh striker. (Star)

Mikael Silvestre was not in the team photo as Manchester United unveiled their new kit. (Sun)

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has earmarked Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen as a potential target. (Various)

Reports in Italy suggest Barcelona's Brazilian star Ronaldinho could be on his way to AC Milan. He is currently filming an ad in Milan. (Guardian)

Rangers are preparing a third offer for Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith. (Mail)

Sochaux have rejected a bid from Celtic for midfielder Guiranne N'Daw. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund have told Celtic that striker Alexander Frei is not for sale. (Express)

West Brom have moved closer to the signing of Celtic striker Craig Beattie. (Mail)

David Marshall's agent says the Celtic goalkeeper will move to Norwich City for 700,000. (Mail)

Falkirk are poised to sign Stirling Albion goalkeeper Scott Christie. (Sun)

Dundee United will next week give a trial to Gorica striker Jani Sturm. (Mail)


David Beckham could miss LA Galaxy's friendly against Chelsea on 21 July because of the ankle injury he suffered playing for England. (Star)

England fans have been offered the chance to buy tickets for a special "singing area" at Wembley. (Sun)

Sven-Goran Eriksson will receive the last installment of his 3.56m pay-off from the FA today - a cheque for 6,500. (Sun)

John Arne Riise says Liverpool will be branded flops if they do not win the Premiership next season. (Sun)

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been given the club's famous number 10 shirt for the new season. BBC Sport columnist Owen Hargreaves will sport the number eight formerly worn by Rooney. (Various)

Still on shirt numbers, Darren Bent will wear the Tottenham number 23 which has been vacant since Sol Campbell left the club. (Various)


The change from eight to 10 could cause Rooney a few problems with his Aston Martin. The number plate reads WAZ8. (Mirror)

If he wants to change it to WAZ10 he could put the 100 he won off Ricky Hatton towards it. He trousered that tidy sum after beating the boxing champ in an arm wrestle. (Sun)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez's new goatee beard has not been greeted well by the press, with the Sun asking "is this the worst beard football has ever seen?"

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