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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Hull have put an 8m price tag on Geovanni and are ready to offer the Brazilian a new double-your-money 40,000-a-week deal to stay at the KC Stadium. (The Sun)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has opened the door for a return to his boyhood club Barcelona after admitting it would be a dream to go back to the Nou Camp. He said: "I've decided to give my all to Arsenal, although next year who knows?" (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning an 8m bid for France Under-21 midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who is currently playing for Saint Etienne. (The Sun)

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has been reassured his move to Manchester United will be made permanent before the end of the year. (The Sun)

Bolton want Blackburn's out-of-favour midfielder Aaron Mokoena and manager Gary Megson hopes to sign the 27-year-old South African in January for a nominal fee. (Daily Mirror)

Plymouth are ready to listen to offers for striker Steve MacLean, 26. (The Sun)

Derby boss Paul Jewell will step up his bid to sign Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross on loan after losing Martin Albrechtsen to injury. Ipswich are also keen on the former Manchester United player. (Daily Star)

Fulham will sign South African midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi, 23, in January - if he can get a work permit. (Various)


West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has been told he must sell players before he can buy. The club was left reeling when the bank run by their owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson was taken over by Iceland's government to stop the entire country's finances from crumbling. (Various)
Bank crisis hits Hammers spending

Liverpool could lose Rafael Benitez, with the club's American owners so far refusing to sanction an extension to their manager's current deal, which now has only 18 months left to run. (Daily Mirror)

But, according to other sources, Benitez has vowed to stay with the Anfield club, saying: "I'm not really worried about the situation at the moment." (Daily Star)

Newcastle's interim boss Joe Kinnear could be in charge of the Magpies until the new year as a sale of the club does not appear to be imminent. (Daily Star)

Football Association chairman David Triesman has threatened to enforce a salary cap on England's leading clubs as part of a wide-ranging and often damning address on the game's finances. (The Guardian)

Former Bolton and Arsenal manager Bruce Rioch has said he will not have his contract at Danish club Aalborg renewed when it runs out at the end of the year. (Various)


Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has unveiled new clothes boutiques in Lisbon and Madeira. The CR7 stores are part of his plans for a future after football, and the Portugal international also revealed he fancies acting in movies, saying: "As for Hollywood - maybe in 10 years' time." (Daily Star)

Academic research for the book Myths and Facts About Football has found that teams who celebrate goals collectively achieve better results, while teams are no more likely to concede just after scoring than at any other time. (The Independent)

see also
Tuesday's gossip column
07 Oct 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
06 Oct 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
05 Oct 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - October 2008
07 Oct 08 |  Football

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