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Sunday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


1141 BST: Middlesbrough are preparing to offer a contract to free agent and former Celtic defender Bobo Blade as they prepare to lose centre-back Robert Huth to Stoke.
Full story: Sunday Express

0937 BST: Arsenal and Liverpool are in the chase for midfielder Rafael van der Vaart although both are some way away from Real Madrid's valuation.
Full story: AS (in Spanish)

0858 BST: Manchester City have been linked with a move for Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme.
Full story: IM Scouting


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is hoping a £10m bid will be enough to reunite him with Chelsea playmaker Joe Cole. Redknapp gave Cole his debut in senior football during his time at West Ham.
Full story: Sunday Mirror


Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas is being considered by Aston Villa as a replacement for Gareth Barry, who moved to Manchester City earlier this summer.
Full story: News of the World

Portsmouth are willing to sell midfielder Niko Kranjcar should any other club match their £8m valuation of the Croatia international.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Burnley are to offer Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt a route back into the Premier League with a two-year deal at Turf Moor.
Full story: News of the World

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is ready to dip into the Championship again with a £3.5m bid for Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliot. (News of the World)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez's summer spending is over after being informed that there is no more money left for him after the capture of defender Sotiros Krygiakos.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants to reinforce his defence with the capture of Manchester City's Richard Dunne for £6m and Portsmouth's Sylvain Distin for £4m. (Sunday Express)

Villa are also locked in discussions to swap defender Luke Young for Hull centre-back Michael Turner.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

David Beckham's contract with LA Galaxy contains a get-out clause that he could activate at any time.
Full story: Sunday People

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has said he is flattered to be linked with a host of top clubs but he will stay at Craven Cottage for the time being. (Various)

Everton and Blackburn face competition from Spanish side Sevilla in the chase for the signature of 24-year-old SK Brann winger Erik Huseklepp. (News of the World)

Leicester striker Matty Fryatt has come into the sights of Hull City manager Phil Brown as he looks to bolster his strike force.
Full story: News of the World

Tottenham are weighing up moves for Celtic midfield pair Scott Brown and Aiden McGeady, with the Parkhead club valuing them at a total of £10m.
Full story: News of the World

Stoke will attempt to lure Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones to the Britannia Stadium with a £12m bid. (Sunday Express)

Striker Henri Camara, who has been without a club since leaving Wigan last season, could be snapped up by Portsmouth.
Full story: News of the World


Chelsea captain John Terry has dismissed his long-term agent Aaron Lincoln. His decision comes after a summer of speculation linking the defender with a big-money move to Manchester City. (The Sunday Times)

Everton are likely to report Manchester City to the Premier League over their persistent pursuit of defender Joleon Lescott. (Various)

Chelsea are facing a Football Association investigation after a training ground friendly against United Arab Emirates side Al Hilal erupted into a mass brawl.
Full story: News of the World

Portsmouth have been forced to renegotiate payments to other clubs and agents with Sulaiman Al-Fahim's protracted takeover still not finalised. (The Mail on Sunday)

David Gold and David Sullivan will attempt to buy West Ham after agreeing to the £80m sale of Birmingham City to Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung.
Full story: News of the World

Arsenal are keen to improve the terms of midfielder Cesc Fabregas's current Emirates contract, worth around £90,000 a week, to ward off interest from Barcelona.
Full story: News of the World

The pitch at Wembley Stadium will be relaid for a sixth time since the venue reopened in 2007 after the U2 concerts held at the venue over the weekend damaged the surface. (Sunday Express)


Neighbours of Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen are unimpressed with the couple's redesigned home and gardens. The Prestbury property has their initials inlaid in the entrance hall's marble floor. (The Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says his annual goal-scoring contest against brother and Sunderland centre-back Anton will "probably" take place again this season. Last term's rivalry ended in a draw with neither sibling registering a single strike. (The Independent on Sunday)

Just six days ahead of the start of a new season, no British broadcaster has secured the rights to screen Spanish football. BSkyB's deal to show La Liga expired in the summer and the satellite giant is reluctant to meet the £15m-a-season asking price. (The Sunday Times)

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see also
Transfers - August 2009
01 Sep 09 |  Football
Saturday's gossip column
22 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
21 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
21 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
20 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
20 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
19 Aug 09 |  Gossip

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