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Wednesday's gossip column

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Manchester United are edging closer to signing Valencia forwards David Villa and David Silva, with the Spanish club willing to listen to offers. With winger Cristiano Ronaldo offloaded in the summer, Sir Alex Ferguson has cash to spare and the United manager is willing to pay £40m for the duo.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are keen on securing the services of Sampdoria midfielder Koman Vladimir. The Hungarian star is currently on loan at Bari and is valued at £4m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Italian side Juventus are all set to make a £6m bid for Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta in January.
Full story: The Sun

Birmingham City are favourites to sign Rangers striker Kris Boyd, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Daily Star)

Leicester City chairman Milan Mandaric has told free agent Edgar Davids he has 24 hours to decide on joining. The Dutch midfielder recently held talks with the Championship side over a possible move.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton and Celtic are considering a swoop for FC Utrecht's Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. (The Sun)

Hamilton manager Billy Reid wants to sign Mickael Antoine-Curier on a permanent contract after the striker impressed on loan from Dundee. (Daily Record)

QPR are targeting 22-year-old Gillingham's £1m-rated striker Simeon Jackson. (Daily Star)


Argentina boss Diego Maradona has tipped Angel Di Maria to be the country's next footballing hero. The 21-year-old Benfica striker was watched recently by Chelsea scouts and Maradona said: "Angel has the quality to be a worldwide superstar."
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham defender Ledley King is hoping to open up talks on extending his deal at White Hart Lane. The club captain's contract expires at the end of the season and Spurs have an option of a one-year extension. (The Sun)

Hull manager Phil Brown is mulling over selecting striker Jozy Altidore after the 19-year-old American was fined for revealing on social networking site Twitter that he was dropped for the match against Portsmouth for being late. (The Sun)

Former Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is targeting a return to management and is one of 50 applicants attempting to land the post at League Two outfit Aldershot.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England under-21 boss Peter Taylor is close to linking up with Roy Keane at Ipswich as first-team coach. Taylor, who recently left his post as Wycombe manager, has been recruited by the Tractors boss to improve on their winless start to the season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Rangers manager Walter Smith has reacted furiously to Lloyds Bank's denial of his claim that it is running the football club and could now leave as soon as a new buyer is found. (The Herald)

Motoring tycoon Douglas Park is poised to join forces with Rangers directors Dave King and Paul Murray in a £40m bid to buy Rangers. (The Sun)

David Low, who helped Fergus McCann rescue Celtic in 1994, says it is a great time to buy Rangers as it could provide a decent dividend for a billionaire investor. (The Herald)

Former Rangers striker Tore Andre Flo says the hard-up club must regret the day they bought him for £12m. (The Sun)

New Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan has defended the present Celtic squad following criticism from present boss Tony Mowbray. (Various)

Gordon Strachan says he had considered compiling a report on how to improve Scottish football before being appointed by Middlesbrough. (Daily Record)

Barclays Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says there is no chance of Celtic and Rangers joining England's top league. (Daily Record)

Dundee director Calum Melville is likely to be asked by the Scottish FA to explain his comments saying that that his club want Dundee United midfielder Scott Robertson. (Various)


Manuel Pellegrini's role as Real Madrid coach is under threat after a 4-0 defeat in the fourth round, first leg of the Copa del Rey by third tier village side Alcorcón, who play in Segunda Division B.
Full story: The Guardian

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see also
Transfers - October 2009
28 Oct 09 |  Football
Tuesday's gossip column
27 Oct 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
27 Oct 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
26 Oct 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
26 Oct 09 |  Scottish Premier

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