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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 August 2006, 07:05 GMT 08:05 UK
Thursday's gossip column

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TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal have told Real Madrid that they want 16.5m for winger Jose Antonio Reyes. (The Sun)

Reyes has begged manager Arsene Wenger to let him leave Arsenal to join Real for the sake of the 22-year-old's family. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are poised to bid for Brazil and Inter Milan striker Adriano as Ruud van Nistelrooy's replacement. (Various)

Chelsea will not be held to ransom by Arsenal over a deal for Gunners defender Ashley Cole. (Various)

Andy Reid looks set to leave Tottenham this summer, with Sunderland targeting the midfielder. (The Guardian)

Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge is in talks over a 3m switch to Newcastle. (The Sun)

Newcastle are poised for a 13m transfer splash for Bridge, Real Madrid midfielder Thomas Gravesen and Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins. (Daily Star)

QPR want to sign Fulham striker Tomasz Radzinski on a season-long loan deal. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are closing in on Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt. (Daily Mirror)

Moroccan trialist Abderrahmane Mssassi will be given another week to see if he has a future at Dundee United after impressing in a run-out for the reserves. (Daily Record)

Derby want to sign Celtic midfielder Stephen Pearson, Arsenal striker Arturo Lupoli on a season's loan deal and Southend striker Freddy Eastwood before the weekend. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Defender William Gallas, who failed to turn up for a pre-season tour of the United States, has stunned Chelsea by asking for a 90,000-a-week wages deal. (The Sun)

Gallas will not be in the squad for Sunday's Community Shield game against Liverpool. (The Independent)

Everton striker James McFadden is stalling over the offer of a new contract because his place in the team is far from guaranteed. (Daily Record)

Reading's Cameroon trialist Andre Bikey has been sent back to Lokomotiv Moscow after being dismissed for butting an opponent in a pre-season friendly. (Daily Star)

Southampton boss George Burley has warned the Premiership big guns to keep their hands off left-back Gareth Bale, 17, who has scored two wonder goals in a week. (Daily Express)

Ex-Arsenal winger Robert Pires has warned Villarreal team-mate Marcos Senna he will have to adapt to the battling atmosphere of the Premiership if the midfielder moves to Manchester United. (The Sun)

Oxford defender Eddie Anaclet, who faced Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, believes the Portugal star may become a target on the pitch this season for his part in England striker Wayne Rooney's sending off in the recent World Cup. (The Sun)

Former Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor has questioned American billionaire Randy Lerner's motives for wanting to take over the club. (Daily Express)

The battle to take over Villa will intensify this week when businessman Michael Neville is expected to raise his offer for the club a little above the asking price of 64m. (The Times)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is confident the departure of Hernan Crespo to Inter Milan will not weaken the Premiership champions' ability to score goals. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has pledged his future to the club. (The Sun)

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has been axed from the senior England squad by new boss Steve McClaren and put into the under-21s. (Various)

FUNNIES

Sky Sports football presenter and commentator Chris Kamara has a reputation for an overuse of the word unbelievable. However, he said: "I did not realise just how much I was saying it until the Christmas 'funnies' show we did a couple of years ago. Unbelievable really..." (The Guardian)



SEE ALSO
Transfers - August 2006
01 Aug 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
Wednesday's gossip column
09 Aug 06 |  Gossip & Transfers


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