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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 03:48 GMT 04:48 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Domestic gossipWorld Cup gossipWorld Cup funnies

TRANSFER & OTHER DOMESTIC RUMOURS

Four leading Premiership players, at least one of whom is thought to be an international player, broke FA rules by betting on their own clubs last season, according to PR guru Max Clifford. (Express)

Real Madrid insist they were given permission by Chelsea supremo Roman Abramovich to sign Dutch winger Arjen Robben. (Sun)

David Beckham is expected to be offered a new three-year contract at Real Madrid. (Sun)

Spurs boss Martin Jol is planning an improved 7.5m bid for Middlesbrough's left-sided England midfielder Stewart Downing. (Mirror)

Portsmouth are planning to smash their transfer record and swoop for PSV Eindhoven's Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan. (Mirror).

Arsenal are set to sign Argentine striker Javier Saviola, who is being offloaded by Barcelona for as little as 2m. (Sun)

Robbie Savage has rejected the chance to become Wigan's highest-paid player and wants to remain with Blackburn. (Sun)

Wigan are prepared to match Birmingham's 5m asking price for former Leicester and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey. (various)

Arsenal are one of several clubs interested in Fenerbahce's Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, the combative midfield player, who is valued at around 7m. (Express)

GERMANY GOSSIP

Sven-Goran Eriksson will be approached about becoming the part-time coach of Jamaica (various)

Jurgen Klinsmann has been given until 16 August to decide if he wants to continue in his role as Germany coach. (Guardian)

A 22-foot statue of Ronaldinho in the south Brazilian town of Chapeio has been burned by angry fans, following the team's quarter-final exit. (Sun)

Former national boss Graham Taylor fears England may never win the World Cup again and may plummet like Scotland because of the high number of foreign players in the Premiership. (Mirror)

WORLD CUP FUNNIES

Former Bolton striker Youri Djorkaeff told his club New York Red Bulls he had to miss the league match against New England to return to France for a family emergency, but officials saw TV pictures of him in the crowd for the France-Brazil quarter-final. (Star)



SEE ALSO
Wednesday's gossip column
05 Jul 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
Robbo's World Cup diary Pt VI
05 Jul 06 |  Fun and Games
Transfers - July 2006
01 Jul 06 |  Gossip & Transfers


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