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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


1624 BST: Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey denies reports that Leicester have made a £1.5m bid for Republic of Ireland striker Andy Keogh.
Full story: Wolverhampton Express & Star

1540 BST: Former Italy striker Christian Vieri, 35, is set to sign for Blackburn Rovers. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

1535 BST: Bayern Munich have not given up hope of signing Jose Bosingwa from Chelsea, according to their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. (Sport Bild magazine)

1404 BST: Chairman Jeremy Peace has hinted West Brom may be prepared to sell Paul Robinson, but only on their terms, with Bolton upping their bid to £750,000. (Bolton News)

1311 BST:Unsettled Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is considering an offer to join Dynamo Kiev, the president of the Ukrainian champions said on Friday. (Reuters)

1048 BST: Arsene Wenger is confident Emmanuel Adebayor will remain at Arsenal, but revealed he would consider Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh as a possible replacement. (French radio station RMC)

0943 BST: PSV Eindhoven are set to discuss the possibility of signing Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink after the former Holland striker was release by Celtic this week. (Dutch newspaper Spits)


Former Liverpool and Newcastle striker Michael Owen will have to take a 50% pay cut - to £50,000-a-week - and pass a stringent medical before making a shock move to Manchester United.
Full story: The Sun

Actually, Owen could be offered a basic wage of a paltry £20,000-a-week, with performance-related bonuses taking him close to the £110,000-a-week he earned at Newcastle.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea are the only club to have submitted a formal bid, of about £40m, for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery - but the French international wants to join Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Real Madrid have put their bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso on hold, until mid-July when his former club Real Sociedad will no longer be entitled to a percentage of the fee.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool are steeling themselves for two bids worth nearly a combined £60m from Real Madrid and Barcelona for Alonso and his fellow midfielder Javier Mascherano. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United will make a £16m move for Sevilla's 28-year-old Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano, but face competition from AC Milan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona have risked the wrath of Arsenal by making an approach for midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Full story: The Sun

Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell is considering a shock move to Championship club Newcastle United.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea are close to signing Man City youngster Daniel Sturridge and and CSKA Moscow left-back Yuri Zhirkov.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

AC Milan could make a remarkable £12m bid for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch if they fail to sign Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor.
Full story: The Sun

Fulham are also keen on Pompey's giant hitman, preparing a £10m bid.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa are weighing up a potential £8m bid for 22-year-old Swedish striker Marcus Berg, who impressed at the recent Euro Under-21 Championship.
Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham will have to pay £12m to sign Lille's 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Michel Bastos.
Full story: Daily Mail

Goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, 32, will seal his move from Southampton to West Ham on Monday.
Full story: The Sun

Hull boss Phil Brown could be set to offer veteran midfielder Dietmar Hamann a 12-month contract after he was released by Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom have rejected a £2m bid from Fulham for captain Jonathan Greening. (Daily Star)

Everton are set to raid Leeds to sign highly-rated defender Luke Garbutt in a £1m deal. (Daily Star)

Wolves will complete the £2m signing of Sunderland defender Greg Halford, 24, on Friday. (The Sun)

Stoke are set to make a £5m bid for Manchester City's Zimbabwean striker Benjani.
Full story: Daily Star

Watford have accepted a £1.8m bid from Sheffield United for their player of the year Tommy Smith, 28. (The Sun)

Nottingham Forest are set to sign Preston's Paul McKenna and QPR's Lee Camp in the next 48 hours. (Daily Star)

Norwich are close to signing Crystal Palace striker Alan Lee, 30, in a deal which could take goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, 27, the other way. (Daily Star)


Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is hoping to sell the club to a Malaysian group - after a secret trip by the prospective buyers on Thursday. (Various)

Ipswich boss Roy Keane has told Bristol City manager Gary Johnson to "mind his own business" after Johnson said he thought the Tractor Boys would sign Lee Martin from Man Utd. (Daily Mirror)

New West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo insists he will decide on signings, not sporting director Dan Ashworth.
Full story: Daily Mail


In four years at Newcastle, Michael Owen started 65 games and scored 30 goals. He is reported to have cost the relegated club an eye-watering £41m in fees and wages. (Various)

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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Thursday's gossip column
02 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
01 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
30 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
30 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier

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