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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 August 2006, 06:03 GMT 07:03 UK
Tuesday's gossip column

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TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes has revealed that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has cleared the way for the winger to join Real Madrid this week. (Various)

Newcastle want Wigan striker Henri Camara - only days before the two clubs meet in their Premiership opener. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle will tell Inter Milan to drop the 10m asking price for Obafemi Martins because the Magpies are looking into rumours from Nigeria that the striker is possibly six years older than his reported age of 21. (The Sun)

Manchester City defender Sylvain Distin is under pressure to give a quick decision over a possible 4m move to Middlesbrough. (Daily Mirror)

However, Distin's hopes of a move may be hit by an injury to Richard Dunne, who only as a 50-50 chance of being fit for Manchester City's match with Chelsea on Sunday because of a hamstring strain. (Daily Express)

Wigan boss Paul Jewell has warned Tottenham that the price of Pascal Chimbonda may rise if Spurs do not meet the 6m valuation of the defender before the transfer deadline on 31 August. (Various)

Ashley Cole's move from Arsenal to Chelsea looks dead in the water, with the Gunners refusing to budge from their 25m valuation of the left-back. (Various)

Portsmouth have completed the signing of former Arsenal striker Kanu, who was released by West Brom in the summer. (Various)

Czech star Marcel Licka, who until recently played for Polish side Groclin, had his chance to stake a claim for a Dundee United deal thwarted because he failed to receive clearance to play in a reserve match. (Daily Record)

Rangers have been told they will have to pay 1.2m if they want to beat Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund to the signature of Austria Vienna defender Sasa Papac. (Daily Express)

Martin O'Neill has been told by Aston Villa he can move for Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov. (Daily Express)

Rangers have approached Manchester United about taking 21-year-old right-back Phil Bardsley on loan. (The Sun)

Motherwell are poised to sign Calum Elliot on a season-long loan from Hearts and allow fellow striker Jim Hamilton to move to Dunfermline. (Daily Express)

Motherwell are closing in on Plymouth Argyle left-back Ryan Dickson. (Daily Express)

Hearts are interested in Benfica left-back Tiago Gomes on loan. (The Scotsman)

Rangers defender Joe-Karl Pierre-Fanfan will travel to Spain tomorrow to negotiate personal terms with Gimnastic De Tarragona. (The Herald)

Derby County are favourites to sign Rangers defender Bob Malcolm, who will move to an English Championship club by the weekend . (The Herald)

Dundee United are to open negotiations with Rangers over the signing of goalkeeper Allan McGregor. (The Herald)

Derby County will make a fresh bid for Celtic midfielder Stephen Pearson. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday's Premiership opener with Manchester City after it emerged the hip injury that led to him limping out of last weekend's Community Shield game has been a problem for some time. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Ballack believes goals from fellow Chelsea new boy Andriy Shevchenko will lead Chelsea to a third Premiership title in a row. (The Sun)

Randy Lerner has promised Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill a 50m transfer kitty and a five-year contract if the American billionaire takes over the club. (Various)

Former England captain David Beckham, who was dropped from his national squad for Wednesday's friendly with Greece, has been told by Real Madrid that they want him to stay and are keen for contract talks to begin. (The Sun)

Referee Graham Poll, who was sent home early from the World Cup after booking Croatia's Josip Simunic three times before sending him off, will take charge of Arsenal's first Premiership game at their new Emirates Stadium - against Aston Villa on Saturday. (Various)

Falkirk defender Craig Ireland, who missed the final three months of last season, will be sidelined for at least two months after a second knee operation. (Daily Record)

Reading boss Steve Coppell has ordered the Reading boo-boys to lay off contract rebel Steve Sidwell, who was jeered by his own fans during Saturday's friendly with Feyenoord. (Various)

New England captain John Terry has told the Football Association he does not want to be treated any differently from the rest of the players in the national squad. (Daily Star)

England and Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves has reiterated he would consider a move to the Premiership. (Various)

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is expected to have his three-match ban lifted by the FA but team-mate Paul Scholes, who was also sent off in a pre-season friendly, is likely to have his three-game suspension upheld. (Daily Star)

Burglars are understood to have broken into Everton winger Andy van der Meyde's house when he was taking part in Howard Kendall's testimonial against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday - and they escaped with a 12,000 necklace, eight Rolex watches, his Ferrari, his BMW Mini Cooper and his pet dog Mac. His Ferrari has since been found. The 26-year-old Dutchman was taken to hospital last week after claiming his drinks had been spiked on a night out and was fined by the Toffees for socialising two days before a match. (The Guardian)

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has vowed to be ready for the Premiership opener against Manchester City on Sunday, despite suffering a broken wrist in the Community Shield defeat at the hands of Liverpool last weekend. (The Sun)

West Ham striker Dean Ashton has vowed he will not become one of England's one-cap brigade after being picked for Wednesday's friendly with Greece. (Various) Hearts' sporting director, Eduard Malofeev, has been unable to officially carry out his duties since joining the club six weeks ago because he does not have a work permit. (The Herald)

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson admits he could miss Scotland opening Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania. (The Sun)

Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley hopes to be fit to face Rangers at the weekend should he come through today's bounce game against Gretna. (Various)

FUNNIES

Plymouth boss Ian Holloway has vowed to stand a 2,000 round of drinks as a thank you to the 700 fans who made the 805-mile round trip to Sunderland on Saturday. He said: "Anyone who travelled up there please send me a letter. I would love to buy you a drink."

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has won Ireland's celebrity X-Factor competition after wooing the public with interesting versions of Lily The Pink and Ring Of Fire, not to mention his dad dancing.



SEE ALSO
Transfers - August 2006
01 Aug 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
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14 Aug 06 |  Gossip & Transfers


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