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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 December, 2003, 03:34 GMT
The gossip column
All the latest talk from Sunday's newspapers

Barcelona are planning a 28m swoop for Arsenal's Thierry Henry. (Sunday Mirror)

Bolton are in talks with Youri Djorkaeff in a bid to persuade him to postpone his retirement and stay at the Reebok. (Sunday Mirror, News of the World, Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday)

Birmingham are ready to step in with an offer if Leeds do not sign on-loan Arsenal striker Jermaine Pennant. (Sunday Mirror)

Charlton have joined the chase for out-of-favour Birmingham defender Darren Purse. (News of the World)

Wigan boss Paul Jewell is lining up a bid for Southampton's Brett Ormerod. (Sunday Mirror, Daily Star Sunday)

Patrick Vieira says Real Madrid have no chance of signing him because of the way they treated Claude Makelele. (Sunday Mirror)

Chris Marsden has asked to be put on Southampton's transfer list after learning he will not be offered a new contract. (Sunday Express)

Spurs are interested in signing Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech. (Sunday Mirror)

Frank Lampard is set to grab a new deal with Chelsea worth 20m over five years. (Sunday People)

Hugo Viana will be allowed to leave Newcastle on loan during the transfer window in January. (Sunday Express, Sunday People, Daily Star Sunday)

Southampton are in the running to sign Real Sociedad's Javier de Pedro. (News of the World)

Manchester City are planning a shock swoop for Manchester United's Nicky Butt. (Sunday Mirror)

Birmingham keeper Ian Bennett is ready to ask for a transfer request after a loan move to Sheffield United was blocked. (News of the World)

Middlesbrough are the latest club to express an interest in signing Rivaldo. (News of the World, Daily Star Sunday)

TV soccer heart-throb Des Lynam has not ruled out returning to the BBC. (News of the World)

Gerard Houllier is to be offered the job of coaching Australia's national team, while Liverpool line up Martin O'Neill as his replacement. (Mail on Sunday)

Mark Viduka is likely to join Manchester United on loan when the transfer window opens in January. (Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal are lining up another Sol Campbell-style raid on their north London rivals Tottenham, with Stephen Carr top of their wanted list. (Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday)

Sheikh Abdul Mubarak Al-Khalifa's bid to purchase Leeds United will be turned down by the board. (Sunday People)

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