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Thursday's gossip column

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Harry Kewell's representative has refused to comment on claims that the Liverpool winger is set to sign for Celtic. (Press Association, 1308 BST)

Arsenal insist reports they have signed Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri for 12.5m are premature. (Press Association, 1301 BST)

Cristiano Ronaldo could make a definitive step in forcing his exit from Manchester United by putting himself on the transfer list. (Spanish sports paper Marca, 0815 BST)


The Portuguese Football Federation want to make head coach Phil Scolari a new offer to stay on after Euro 2008 after vice president Amandio De Carvalho admits: "I already know that Chelsea are interested in Scolari." (Press Association)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is still in contention to take over at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Express)


Jose Mourinho will raid his former club Chelsea to sign Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho and Didier Drogba when he is confirmed as Inter Milan boss. (The Sun, The Independent)

Chelsea's England wide-man Shaun Wright-Phillips is a 10m target for Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp. (The Sun)

Cardiff City have rejected offers from Arsenal and Liverpool for highly-rated teenage midfielder Aaron Ramsey. (The Guardian)

Arsenal have sealed the signing of midfielder Samir Nasri from Marseille for 12.5m. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham are on the verge of signing Sevilla winger Diego Capel after agreeing to match an 11.5m buy-out clause. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is on the verge of joining Juventus for 16m. (Various)

West Ham could sign striker Davide Lanzafame, 21, on loan from Juventus for next season. (The Independent)

Aston Villa will launch an 8m bid to sign England's rising goalkeeper Joe Hart from Manchester City. (Daily Star)

Hull will make their first signing since winning promotion to the Premier League by completing the 750,000 capture of on-loan Derby midfielder Craig Fagan. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough are set to bid 2m for Sheffield United midfielder Stephen Quinn. (The Sun)

Stephen Simmons is in talks with Dundee after the midfielder rejected a new contract at Dunfermline. (Daily Record)

Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham is on his way to Nottingham Forest. (The Sun)

Barcelona are ready to move for Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb. (Various)

Arsenal are leading the race to sign Wolves's highly rated goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy. (Daily Mirror)

Everton, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are also in the chase to capture the keeper. (Daily Star)

Charlton and Crystal Palace will battle it out to sign Blackpool winger Wes Hoolahan, who is available for a cut-price 250,000. (Daily Star)

Rangers will sell Filip Sebo to French club Valenciennes for 1m. (Daily Record)

Wolves have tabled a 1m bid for Peterborough hot-shot Aaron McLean. (The Sun)

Hearts have rejected a 500,000 bid from Burnley for winger Andrew Driver. (Daily Star)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane wants to sign Newcastle's Damien Duff, Reading's Stephen Hunt and Aiden McGeady of Celtic. (Daily Mail)

Norwich and Crystal Palace are keen to sign Arsenal youngster Gavin Hoyte, 17, on a season-long loan. (The Sun, Daily Star)

Coventry City want Derby defender Dean Leacock. (Daily Star)

Rangers striker Daniel Cousin is close to agreeing a move to England, according to the player's agent. (Various)

Georgios Samaras wants to clinch a permanent deal at Celtic after a successful loan spell with the Scottish champions last season. (Various)

Rangers manager Walter Smith could make a move for Watford defender Danny Shittu. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood wants to strike a permanent deal for defender Alan Maybury after the 29-year-old spent the second half of last season on-loan at Pittodrie from Leicester City. (Various)

Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson is attracting interest from Rangers. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool's Adam Hammill could be set for a return to Scotland with Aberdeen interested in signing the former Dunfermline player on loan. (Daily Star)

Rangers could miss out on midfielder Steven Davis, who had a loan spell at Ibrox last season, with four English clubs also keen to sign the Northern Ireland international. (Daily Mail)

Queen's Park midfielder Alan Trouten is on the verge of signing for Partick Thistle. (Daily Express)


Dean Ashton has agreed a new five-year contract at West Ham and will almost treble his salary. (Daily Star)

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has warned the club they face losing their best players unless they alter their wage structure. (Various)

Mark Beevers has snubbed a 2m move to Chelsea in order to stay with Sheffield Wednesday. (Daily Star)

Wycombe are set to appoint former England caretaker boss Peter Taylor as their new manager. (Daily Star)

Hearts want Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies to become their new manager after missing out on Motherwell's Mark McGhee. (Various)

Meanwhile, Tynecastle director Sergejus Fedotovas says the Edinburgh club hope to have their new manager in place within a month. (The Herald)

An Italian consortium led by Rome lawyer Angelo Massone and Glasgow-based football agent Tommaso Angelini are close to concluding a takeover deal for Livingston. (Various)

Rangers midfielder Thomas Buffel is likely to leave Ibrox on a free transfer this summer. (Various)

Meanwhile, two other Rangers midfielders, Brahim Hemdani and Alan Gow, have been told to find new clubs. (Daily Record)


Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra decided to sack manager Sven-Goran Eriksson because he believed the Swede would be willing to quit the club for Chelsea. (Daily Express)

Cheeky Scouse builders Brian and Gary Greer have revealed they hid a Liverpool FC shrine under Gary Neville's new swimming pool.

The pair built the Manchester United star's new pool and have revealed they buried a club fanzine, a match programme and a Liverpool scarf in a plastic tube before tiling over the top of it and filling in the pool. (The Sun)

see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
28 May 08 |  Chelsea
Wednesday's gossip column
28 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
28 May 08 |  Gossip

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