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Tuesday's gossip column

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Barcelona defender Daniel Alves has denied he will be tempted away from the Nou Camp by a huge offer from Chelsea or Manchester City. (Press Association)

The Blues could also make a move for Manchester City's Brazilian striker Robinho - if his form improves. (The Sun)

Florent Malouda could be set to exit Stamford Bridge, with Juventus preparing an £11m bid for the winger. (The Sun)

Arsenal are closing in on Espanyol's 16-year-old midfielder Pablo Saranova, dubbed the new Cesc Fabregas. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are set to beat West Ham to the signing of 19-year-old Plymouth striker Ashley Barnes. (Daily Star)

Aston Villa are considering requests from Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday to take striker Marlon Harewood on loan. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham want French goalkeeper Yohann Pele, whose contract with Le Mans is set to end in June. (Various)

Everton are keen on Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is wanted by Zenit St Petersburg. (Various)

Wigan are chasing South Korea star Lee Keun-Ho, but will have to battle Paris St Germain for his signature. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom are ready to move for Charlton midfielder Zheng Zhi, who is out of contract in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Blackpool are set to sign Burnley midfielder Alan Mahon on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Mirror)

Swansea defender Dennis Lawrence is set to begin talks with Crewe over a permanent move in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Yeovil want to sign Portsmouth's Canadian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on loan for a third time. (Daily Star)

Hamilton keeper Tomas Cerny has asked the club to resolve any lingering doubts over his future in Scotland. (Daily Mail)


Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff believes the Spanish giants are running scared of Liverpool and desperate not to draw them in the Champions League quarter-finals. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko faces an uncertain future after being demoted to play for the reserves on Monday. (The Sun)

Defender Aaron Mokoena has revealed he will quit Blackburn this summer when his contract expires. (Various)

Everton will reward defender Phil Jagielka with a new contract and a massive pay rise - to more than £40,000 per week from £25,000 per week - following his excellent form this season. (Various)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he has a "burning desire" to end the club's four-year wait for a trophy. (Daily Mirror)

Midfielder Nicky Butt has called for a complete summer overhaul at Newcastle, saying the club has gone backwards over recent seasons. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland captain Dean Whitehead has blamed the club's pitch for the team's troubles this season, insisting it is too bumpy to play decent football on it. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is the Football Association's number one choice to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager. (Various)

Stephen Carr will sign an extended deal with Birmingham which will keep him at the club until the end of the season. (The Sun)

Dean Windass is set to make a shock return to Hull - as a coach. The 39-year-old is on loan at Oldham and cannot play again for the Tigers this season but he can take a coaching role. (The Sun)

Past and present Sheffield United players are ready to sue West Ham for £5m - despite the clubs reaching a settlement over the Carlos Tevez dispute. (Various)

Neil Warnock, who was manager of Sheffield United when they were controversially relegated two years ago, is also set to launch a personal compensation claim against the Hammers. (Various)

Celtic chairman John Reid has pledged to give manager Gordon Strachan money to invest in the team. (Daily Record)

The former home secretary also says Strachan deserves a statue outside Celtic Park, following his win in the Co-operative Insurance Cup on Sunday. (The Scottish Sun)

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra is battling a calf injury and could miss Saturday's SPL meeting with Hearts. Bougherra's usual centre-back, David Weir, is suspended. (Daily Record)

Celtic striker Scott McDonald has tipped team-mate Scott Brown for the PFA Scotland players' player of the year award. (The Scotsman)

Hamilton keeper Tomas Cerny feels Accies midfielder James McCarthy will be one of the main contenders when the gongs are handed out this season. (The Scotsman)

The Scottish Premier League has told broadcaster Setanta that it expects them to fully honour their current TV deal. Setanta are seeking to renegotiate the terms of their £150m deal with the English FA, sparking fears that the company is struggling financially. (The Scotsman)

Scotland manager George Burley is set to name Spurs defender Alan Hutton in his squad for the forthcoming World Cup double-header with the Netherlands and Iceland. (Daily Mail)

Scotland's footballers have been warned to ignore big money offers from Chinese clubs hoping to tempt them to the Far East. (Daily Mail)

Motherwell defender Mark Reynolds says the poor state of the Fir Park pitch could cost the club a crack at third place in the SPL. (Daily Mail)

David Kells, the managing director of Hampden Park Ltd, has defended the stadium's playing surface after claims by Celtic manager Gordon Strachan that it was not good to run on during Sunday's Co-Operative Insurance Cup final. (The Herald)


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been driving wife Coleen up the wall by constantly singing Lionel Richie songs. A source close to the England player said: "He's not the best singer in the world - and there are only so many times you can sing Hello to someone." (Daily Star)

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see also
Tuesday's Scottish gossip column
17 Mar 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
16 Mar 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
15 Mar 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - March 2009
17 Mar 09 |  Football

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