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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 March 2007, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Sunday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United want to sign Barcelona's Portugal midfielder Deco in a 15m swoop. (News of the World)

Regular trips to watch Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have alerted Manchester United to his midfield team-mate Wesley Sneijder. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United are targeting Manchester City defender Micah Richards. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton will face a battle in the summer to hang on to striker Andrew Johnson, with Arsenal and Tottenham leading the chase. (Sunday Mirror)

German striker Miroslav Klose may arrive in the Premiership in the summer - if he fails to agree a new contract with Werder Bremen. (The People)

Newcastle are set to swoop for Benfica defender Nelson. (The People)

Aston Villa are also targeting Sneijder, along with Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell. (News of the World)

Arsenal are closing in on Roma defender Matteo Ferrari, who played for Everton two seasons ago after being loaned out by the Italian side. (Sunday Express)

Preston striker David Nugent, whose contract is up at the end of the season, will join Everton in the summer. (News of the World)

Derby will put Nugent at the top of their shopping list if they are promoted to the Premiership. (The People)

Newcastle's former Ipswich defender Titus Bramble is being targeted by Norwich and Birmingham. (The People)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was given short shrift by Tottenham when he suggested a swap deal involving Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov and Anfield forward Peter Crouch. (Sunday Express)

Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie, who will become a free agent at the end of the season, is a target for Sheffield United. (News of the World)

Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho has increased speculation that he may leave Barcelona in the summer by admitting that he does not know where his future lies. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester United and Liverpool are poised for a bidding war over Benfica's Portugal midfielder Simao Sabrosa. (News of the World)

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is a 10m target for Inter Milan. (Sunday Mirror)

Reading are set to snap up on-loan defender Andre Bikey in a 1.5m deal from Lokomotiv Moscow at the end of the season. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool and Birmingham are tracking Port Vale goalkeeper Joe Anyon, 21. (News of the World)

Senegal striker Henri Camara has hinted he could quit Wigan for Spain in the summer. (News of the World)

Fulham are lining up a summer move for Ghana international Hans Sarpei, who plays for Wolfsburg. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton plan to lodge a 7m bid for West Ham midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker in the summer. (Various)

Ipswich will this week give a trial to Accrington Stanley winger Sean Doherty. (News of the World)

Norwich are giving a trial to 37-goal Jon Main, who plays for Ryman Premier League club Tonbridge Angels. (News of the World)

Chelsea are bidding to sign Spain Under-19 international Emilio Nsue, 17, who plays for Real Mallorca. (Sunday Mirror)

Celtic are to sign Romanian teenager Marian Pop after the youngster impressed during a trial in Glasgow. (News of the World)

Rangers are lining up a bid for former Aston Villa striker Bosko Balaban, who is now at Bruges. (News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has labelled Chelsea "boring". (News of the World)

Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has insisted that no-one could have done a better job than him at St James' Park this season. (Various)

Manager Jose Mourinho has pledged his loyalty to Chelsea - even if owner Roman Abramovich gives him nothing to spend on players. (News of the World)

Australian winger Harry Kewell will discover in the summer whether he has got a future at Liverpool after being plagued by injuries. (Various)

Stuart Pearce will be given another season as manager of Manchester City - as long as the club are not relegated during the current campaign. (News of the World)

The chief executive of the Scottish Football Association David Taylor insists the safety of travelling fans must be a priority for Uefa. Taylor leaves his post this month to become general secretary of football's European governing body. (The Observer)

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says that manager Arsene Wenger will stay at the club for life. (News of the World)

Relegation-threatened Watford have drafted in former England rugby union fitness coach on a consultancy basis for the final two months of the season. (Various)

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has spoken of his frustration at being repeatedly overlooked by England in favour of players who are not first-team regulars with their clubs. (Sunday Telegraph)

Newcastle striker Michael Owen has pencilled in the game against Chelsea on 22 April as the target for his first appearance since picking up a serious knee injury last June. (Sunday Mirror)

Portsmouth are ready to offer keeper David James, 36, a new contract, which will take him into his 40s. (News of the World)

Goalkeeper Ben Foster will treble his salary when he returns to Manchester United in the summer following a loan spell at Watford. (News of the World)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez's agent Manuel Garcia Quillon has hinted that the Spaniard is ready to listen to offers from Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are close to agreeing new contracts with Emmanuel Adebayor and Emmanuel Eboue. (Sunday Mirror)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has admitted that he would pay to watch in-form winger Cristiano Ronaldo play for his old club Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

AND FINALLY...

Southampton have pulled down the statue of club legend Ted Bates - a week after it was unveiled. Critics said it looked more like comic character Jimmy Krankie and it will now be "altered or completely reworked". (Various)

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is angry after he had to call a South American radio station to deny reports that he had been killed in a car crash with his nephew. (The Observer)

Arsenal plan to honour Arsene Wenger by installing a bronze bust of the manager at the Emirates Stadium. (Various)

Aston Villa forward Shaun Maloney has admitted he was unfit when he left Celtic to join the Midlands club. (Scotland on Sunday).



SEE ALSO
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