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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 July 2006, 04:13 GMT 05:13 UK
Sunday's gossip column



Fresh from signing Damian Duff, Newcastle are lining up more transfer deals with bids in for West Ham's Dean Ashton and Werder Bremen's Miroslav Klose. (News of the World, The People)

Arsenal's Ashley Cole will join Chelsea for 16m when he returns from his honeymoon. (The People)

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is Real Madrid's top transfer target after they gave up on signing Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas. (Sunday Mirror)

Gunners striker Theo Walcott could go to West Brom on loan to help sweeten the deal to bring centre-back Curtis Davies to the Emirates Stadium. (The People)

Liverpool are to make a 5m bid for Birmingham's Jermaine Pennant after failing to convince Damian Duff to go to Anfield. (News of the World)

Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres is a target for Manchester United, but could be sacrificed as the Red Devils concentrate on strengthening their midfield. (News of the World)

If Torres does stay in Spain, Man Utd may look to Spurs striker Jermain Defoe instead. (Daily Star Sunday)

Sol Campbell says he is interested in a move abroad, because he has "nothing left to prove in England". (News of the World)

Bolton are hoping to bring Argentina and Barcelona star Javier Saviola to the Reebok Stadium. (Daily Star Sunday)

Blackburn are pondering a 3m move for Ecuador winger Luis Antonio Valencia. (The People)

West Ham are ready to spend 9m on 18-year-old Manchester City full-back Micah Richards. (The People)

Patrick Vieira will leave Juventus following their relegation, but is unlikely to return to the Premiership with Inter Milan favourites to sign him. (The Sunday Times)

Portsmouth are in the box seat to sign Ghana captain Stephen Appiah from Fenerbahce, but will have to fight off Arsenal. (News of the World)

Pompey are also in line to capture Man City defender Sylvain Distin for 3.75m. (The People)

Fulham are prepared to let Steed Malbranque stay in the reserves all season if he refuses to sign a new deal. (News of the World, Daily Star Sunday)

Charlton boss Iain Dowie has gone back to his former club Crystal Palace to sign defender Emmerson Boyce for 1.75m. (Daily Star Sunday)


Man Utd midfielder Paul Scholes is considering reversing his decision to retire from international football. (Various)

Aston Villa are considering appointing former Newcastle boss Graeme Souness, who is friendly with chairman Doug Ellis through a shared love of fishing. (Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday)

Martin O'Neill has made it clear he is only interested in taking over at Villa if Ellis leaves the club. (News of the World)

O'Neill is actually ready to take the job and will meet Ellis on Monday. (The Mail on Sunday)

He is also the favoured candidate of the two consortia trying to take over from Ellis. (The Sunday Times)

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock is a surprise candidate for the Villa vacancy. (The People)

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson says the club is resigned to letting Ruud van Nistelrooy leave after the striker submitted a written transfer request. (News of the World)

Ferguson has questioned whether Arsenal will be able to sell out their new 60,000 Emirates Stadium every week. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was the only Premiership manager to refuse to take part in an MUTV programme to mark Ferguson's 20-year anniversary as United boss. (The People)

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has turned down the chance to take over at Sunderland. (Sunday Mirror)


More thrilling insights from the serialisation of Wayne Rooney's autobiography: he likes sticky toffee pudding; fiancee Colleen outscored him 11-0 in GCSE results; his favourite "babe", apart from Colleen, is Beyonce. (The Mail on Sunday)

New Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak is a handy bricklayer, as well as being a multimillionaire. (Daily Star Sunday)

Saturday's gossip column
22 Jul 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
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