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Last Updated: Monday, 14 August 2006, 07:56 GMT 08:56 UK
Monday's gossip column

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TRANSFER RUMOURS

Chelsea will this week raise their offer for Arsenal's Ashley Cole to between 22m and 24m after being told their alternative left-back, Lyon's Eric Abidal, would cost almost as much at 21m. (The Independent)

Manchester United have scheduled further talks with Villarreal over the possible transfer of midfielder Marcos Senna to Old Trafford. (The Times)

Portsmouth striker Benjani Mwaruwari, who joined the club at the start of the year, is ready for a move to St Etienne. (Daily Mirror)

Birmingham are taking Celtic winger Ross Wallace on trial. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are reported to be interested in Lyn Oslo striker Chinedu Ogbuke. (The Times)

Middlesbrough hope to sign Manchester City defender Sylvain Distin and Blackburn midfielder Brett Emerton in time for the first game of the season at Reading on Saturday. (Various)

West Ham are exploring other options for a winger after having a bid of 4.8m for Switzerland player Tranquillo Barnetta turned down by Bayer Leverkusen. (The Times)

Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce has pledged to further strengthen his squad before Sunday's Premiership opener with Chelsea. (The Guardian)

Brazilian club Corinthians have denied that Manchester United have made a bid for Argentine forward Carlos Tevez. (The Times)

Wolves striker Tomasz Frankowski is up for sale. (The Times)

But Wolves are hoping to ward off interest in their left-back Lee Naylor, who is in the sights of Celtic boss Gordon Strachan. (Daily Record)

Goalkeeper Robert Green is set to join Charlton from Norwich this week, with Stephan Andersen going the other way. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former England captain David Beckham, who was dropped by new national team boss Steve McClaren for Wednesday's friendly against Greece, faces starting the season as a substitute for Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Valencia have opened disciplinary proceedings against Argentina international defender Roberto Ayala for his criticisms of the club last week. (The Independent)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped striker Louis Saha to step out of ex-Old Trafford star Ruud van Nistelrooy's shadow and help the club to success this season. (The Independent)

Winger Cristiano Ronaldo may play as a makeshift striker for Manchester United because the injured Wayne Rooney is set to miss Sunday's Premiership opener against Fulham. (Daily Mail)

New England boss Steve McClaren is keen to ensure what is said behind closed doors in the dressing room remains private and his decision follows the release of autobiographies by a number of the recent World Cup squad. (Various)

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is angry that international fixtures have been scheduled in the first week of the Premiership season. (Various)

FUNNIES

West Ham striker Dean Ashton thought he was the victim of a Rio Ferdinand-style wind-up when he was summoned to join the England squad for Wednesday's friendly with Greece. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle defender Titus Bramble and four friends escaped unscathed after the player crashed his car into a wall in Norfolk. Nothing funny about that, until you hear the account of local resident Eddie Sargent, who spoke to Bramble shortly afterwards. "I had no idea he was a footballer," Eddie said - "But my wife remarked: 'Titus Bramble...what a lovely name'." (The Sun)



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


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