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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Manchester United could buy Sergio Ramos and Robinho from Real Madrid, in return for any deal which would see Cristiano Ronaldo move to Spain. (Metro 1548 BST)

MK Dons boss Paul Ince says he has had no contact with Blackburn despite reports he is on a three-man shortlist. ( 1508 BST)

The agent of Barcelona playmaker Deco has denied speculation his client is poised to link up with Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea. (Press Association 1455 BST)

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is confident of bringing Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard to the San Siro. (Gazzetta dello Sport 1359 BST)

Tottenham and Manchester City are chasing Lazio's want-away midfielder Valon Behrami. (Gazzetta dello Sport 1347 BST)

Roma are stepping up their bid for West Ham United midfielder Freddie Ljungberg. (Tuttosport 1342 BST)

Chelsea striker Ben Sahar looks to be heading on loan to Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen. (De Gelderlander newspaper 1323 BST)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is interested in bringing Eidur Gudjohnsen to Fratton Park. (The News 1253 BST)

Cardiff City's ambitious bid to land Jason Roberts has been thwarted. ( 1143 BST)

Emmanuel Adebayor has told his agent to inform Arsenal that he wants to join AC Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport 1127 BST)

Everton have denied reports that they are preparing a 3.5m bid for Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun as "fantasy." (Liverpool Echo 1124 BST)

Aston Villa have rejected an improved bid for Gareth Barry from Liverpool. (Aston 1035 BST)
Liverpool bid for Barry rejected

Bolton Wanderers are the latest English club to show an interest in Al Sadd striker Carlos Tenorio. (Setanta Sports 0945 BST)


New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will be handed a 100m transfer kitty to lure the best players in the world to Stamford Bridge. (Various)

Scolari will target AC Milan star Kaka and will spend 55m on the midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

The appointment of the Brazilian at Stamford Bridge could see the arrival of Barcelona midfielder Deco. Scolari could also convince Ricardo Carvalho to stay at the club. (The Sun)

Scolari will be handed a blank cheque to bring in new players and will spend up to 50m on Brazillian star Kaka. (Daily Express)

David Villa is the most wanted striker in Europe with Scolari favourite to land the 25m Spaniard. (Daily Mirror)


Aston Villa will hold out for 18m before allowing midfielder Gareth Barry to move to Liverpool. (Various)

Liverpool could beat Villa to the signing of Newcastle winger James Milner with Jermaine Pennant likely to leave Anfield. (Daily Mirror)


Arsenal have told Barcelona they want 5m and Yaya Toure (brother of Kolo) in exchange for winger Alexander Hleb. (Daily Star)

Joe Hart could be Tottenham bound after rejecting a new contract with Manchester City. (The Sun)

Portsmouth have ended their interest in striker Milan Baros who failed to impress at Fratton Park last season. (The Sun)

Arsenal look set to beat Manchester United to another transfer target with the Gunners favourites to land Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth are keen on Reading left-back Nicky Shorey with West Ham also interested in the 3.5m-rated defender. (The Sun)

Derby look set to land Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde for around 2m. (Daily Mirror)
Derby launch fresh bid for Bodde

West Ham striker Bobby Zamora is on the verge of signing for Championship outfit QPR. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa have made an approach for Wolves's 6m-rated keeper Wayne Hennessey. (Daily Mirror)

Norwich are keen on Newcastle striker Andy Carroll after ending their interest in Shola Ameobi. (Daily Star)

Newcastle keeper Shay Given could be on his way to Arsenal. (Daily Express)

Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski is being targeted by Manchester City. A move for the German is likely to cost City 20m. (The Times)

Leeds United are hoping to lure striker David Healy back to the club. (The Times)

Bolton keeper Ali Al-Habsi is ready to buy out his contract and quit Bolton. (Daily Mirror)

Roma are lining up a 3m bid for Liverpool defender John Arne Riise. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are chasing Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson who is valued at 8m. (Daily Mail)

Lazio have admitted they are keen on Celtic's Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - but only at a cut-price fee. (Daily Record)

Palermo claim they are ready with a bid for 17-year-old Hamilton Accies midfielder James McCarthy. (Daily Record)

Rangers will tell Newcastle that the 6m they are preparing to offer for goalkeeper Allan McGregor is not enough.(The Sun)

Barcelona have joined Real Madrid in the competition to sign Hibernian forward Steven Fletcher. (The Sun)


Roberto Martinez has emerged as a shock contender for the vacant managers job at Blackburn Rovers. (Daily Star)

Sam Allardyce will have an interview for the Blackburn Rovers job on Thursday. (Daily Mirror)

England manager Fabio Capello told owner Roman Abramovich to make Scolari the new boss at Chelsea. (The Sun)


Italy coach Roberto Donadoni faces the sack following a dressing room mutiny after his side lost 3-0 to Holland on Tuesday.

Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the sexiest player of Euro 2008 by a German magazine.

Sir David Richards' long-term future as Premier League chairman has been called into question after he suggested that the number of foreign players in the league had contributed to England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008. (The Guardian)

see also
Wednesday's gossip column
11 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
10 Jun 08 |  Gossip

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