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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Tottenham are tracking Germany defender Christoph Metzelder, who plays for Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are targeting Scunthorpe striker Billy Sharp in a 2m swoop. (The Sun)

Liverpool will offer midfielder Momo Sissoko a double-your-money deal to prevent him being tempted by Barcelona. (Various)

Tottenham are lining up a 2m summer swoop for Leyton Orient defender Brian Saah because of concerns over Ledley King's knee and foot problems. (The Sun)

Manchester United winger Jamie Mullan is set to sign for Swansea in a bargain deal. (Various)

Besiktas boss Jean Tigana wants to sign Sheffield United's Turkish Under-21 international striker Colin Kazim-Richards. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth are chasing Helsingborg star McDonald Mariga in a 250,000 swoop that would make the midfielder the first Kenyan to play in the Premiership. (Daily Star)

West Brom fear defender Curtis Davies, who has been linked to Newcastle, Portsmouth and Tottenham, has played his last game for the club following surgery on a broken foot. (Various)

Everton are planning a move for Crewe defender Billy Jones after Stoke failed with a bid. (Daily Mail)

Fulham will sign Preston's Carlo Nash - once the keeper's loan spell at Wigan ends. (Daily Mail)

Derby want to rescue winger Matthew Etherington from West Ham - if the clubs swap divisions by the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace will go head to head with Sheffield Wednesday in a bid to sign Everton keeper Iain Turner, who is currently on loan at the Owls. (Various)

Coventry want to sign Birmingham winger Julian Gray, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

England boss Steve McClaren walked out of a news conference for the written press, which was held following the Euro 2008 qualifying win over Andorra, after only two questions. (Various)

England midfielder Frank Lampard, who was left out of the team against Andorra, wanted to take a private jet back to London for treatment on his fractured wrist but was told he had to stay with the squad. (Various)

Sir Bobby Robson, who is Steve Staunton's number two, has defended the Republic of Ireland boss after Kevin Doyle's goal kept the nation in the hunt in Euro 2008 qualifying group D. (The Sun)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill will not walk out on the Midlands club if the FA approach him again to take charge of England - if Steve McClaren leaves the post. (Daily Express)

Boston have appealed to the owners of York Street stadium to ensure its swift sale to enable the club to survive. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg is ready to commit his future to the club in April. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has set his side the target of picking up 60 points in the Premiership for the first time in a bid to earn a Uefa Cup place. (The Sun)

Goalkeeper Scott Carson, who is on loan at Charlton from Liverpool, says all of the Addicks squad believe they can beat relegation. (Various)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 19, fears the club's gruelling fixture schedule has left him close to burn-out. (Various)

American tycoon Stan Kroenke is still interested in buying Arsenal, despite claims that he does not want to launch a takeover bid. (The Sun)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted it is his fault that the Gunners have no trophies to play for following their Champions League exit. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic are set to find out if Evander Sno will miss the rest of the season after the midfielder was injured on international duty with Holland Under-21s. (Daily Record)

Dundee star Scott Robertson, who is ruled out for the rest of this season with a foot injury, has pledged his future to the club. (Daily Record)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes revitalised midfielder Paul Scholes can fire the club to the Treble. (The Sun)

Plymouth striker Nick Chadwick has been ruled out until next season following surgery on a groin injury. (Daily Star)

Southampton's top scorer Grzegorz Rasiak has a virus and has been banned from returning to England by doctors after being ruled out of international duty with Poland. (Daily Star)

The Football Association hopes to officially announce on Friday that Brazil will be the opponents for the first England international at the new Wembley stadium on 31 May. (Daily Mail)

The Premier League are in advanced discussions with the Football League about a 50m grant to help close the gulf between the top clubs and the rest of the English game. (Daily Telegraph)

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate is doubtful for Saturday's game against West Ham because of a knee injury. (The Independent)

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has warned his players there is no room for underachievers at the club. (Various)

West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson has blamed the players for the relegation-threatened club's problems this season. (The Times)

AND FINALLY...

Manchester United defender Gary Neville's new mansion, which is being built outside Bolton, has upset local people, who have told the council that it is an "eyesore". (Daily Mail)

ITV and Setanta Sports are trying to win the television rights to show FA Cup and home England matches, which are currently covered by the BBC and Sky, in a deal worth more than 400m. (Various)



SEE ALSO
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