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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 November, 2003, 02:43 GMT
The gossip column
All the latest talk from Sunday's newspapers

Sven-Goran Eriksson is all set to pack his bags as England boss and join Chelsea after Euro 2004. The lure of a 18m contract seems to have done the trick. (Mail on Sunday)

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not getting everything his own way. Bayern Munich have told Stamford Bridge officials that playmaker Michael Ballack is not for sale at any price. (Mail on Sunday)

One player keen to make the move to Stamford Bridge, though, is AC Milan's Brazilian international Rivaldo. The World Cup-winner has also been linked with Manchester United (News of the World)

Rivaldo's international team-mate Lucio is another player in Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri's sights. The Bayer Leverkusen star is priced at 10m. (News of the World).

Everton are considering a 2.5m move for Birmingham midfielder Robbie Savage when the transfer window re-opens. Savage can expect wages of 25,000 a week. (News of the World)

Possibly to make amends, Birmingham boss Steve Bruce hopes to bring Chelsea's Jesper Gronkjaer to the club in the New Year. And the Dane looks happy to agree terms, having become out of favour at Stamford Bridge. (The People)

Former Arsenal boss Tony Adams is ambitiously hoping to borrow Brazilian Juan from his former club. The new Wycombe boss is looking for extra midfield back-up. (The Sunday Mirror)

Adams will be praying Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is considerably more welcoming than he has been over offers for striker Thierry Henry. He has put a 200m price tag on him. (The Sunday Mirror)

Fulham striker Louis Saha is keen to pledge his future to the club despite interest from Premiership rivals Manchester United. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool front man Michael Owen has refused to open talks over a new contract with Anfield bosses until after Euro 2004 despite manager Gerard Houllier being keen to guarantee his long-term future at the club. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Houllier also looks set to enter the transfer market for the services of Auxerre defender Jean-Alain Boumsong. But there is serious competition from both Chelsea and Arsenal. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Leeds striker Alan Smith is a fresh target from Newcastle. The money for the 4m-rated striker could prove too much for cash-strapped Leeds to turn down. (Various)

Another player being closely watched by Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson is Tottenham right-back Stephen Carr. The 2m-rated defender joins Smith, Patrick Kluivert, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Michael Bridges on Robson's Christmas shopping list. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Another defender possibly on the move in the New Year is Romanian Matei Radoi. Manchester United are keen to sign him after some impressive displays against Steaua Bucharest. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Southampton have re-opened their bid to sign Javier de Pedro. Gordon Strachan failed in the summer to lure the Real Sociedad midfielder in the summer. He is expected to cost 2m. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Strachan also has his sights set on Wigan's Nathan Ellington. Southampton, though, have been told it will cost them 2m for the pleasure. (The People)

The battle is on over the future of Turkish international Tugay. The Blackburn midfielder is soon to be out of contract at Ewood Park and interest is mounting from Fenerbahce and Besiktas. (Mail on Sunday)

Bosko Balaban is due to end his tortuous spell at Aston Villa. The Croatian has failed to settle since his 6m move to the Midlands two years ago and will be palmed off to Dinamo Zagreb for 1m. (Mail on Sunday)

West Bromwich Albion are sizing up a move for Ipswich striker Pablo Counago. Scouts from the Midlands club are currently watching his progress in Division One. (The People)

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