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Last Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007, 06:35 GMT 07:35 UK
Friday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

West Ham want 8m-rated Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy to replace Carlos Tevez. (The Sun)

Chelsea skipper John Terry will decide on his future this summer - but will not hand in a transfer request. (Daily Star)

Chelsea's Claude Makelele will join Villarreal this summer. (Daily Mirror)

The Blues are lining up a swoop for Brazil defender Alex - for the princely sum of $1. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle's Steven Taylor has told the club not to mess him about and give him a new contract. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp wants to make Freddie Ljungberg his next signing. (Daily Star)

Pompey are also keen to snap up Titus Bramble after the defender was released by Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

Spurs have overtaken Man Utd in the race to sign highly-rated Southampton youngster Gareth Bale. (The Guardian)

West Ham are set to lose striker Bobby Zamora to Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers will have to stump up at least 2m to land Osasuna defender Carlos Cuellar. (Daily Record)

Eddie Lewis could quit Leeds and make a shock return to former club Preston. (Daily Star)

Aston Villa are chasing Portugal Under-21 left-back Antunes. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp will ask owner Alexander Gaydamak for funds to sign Jermain Defoe, if the striker is put up for sale by Spurs. (The Times)

West Brom's Jason Koumas has told the club he will snub Celtic and stay at the Hawthorns - if the club are promoted. (Daily Mirror)

Dundee United boss Craig Levein is closing in on a deal for Polish keeper Lukasz Zaluska - and will unveil three more signings next week. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson is a 1m target for Middlesbrough. (The Sun)

Rangers are set to complete the signing of Wigan forward Lee McCulloch for 1.25m within a fortnight. (Daily Record)

Craig Gordon's agent wants Hearts to put a transfer price tag on the Scotland goalkeeper. (Daily Express)

Gretna are likely to beat St Mirren to the signature of Kris Gate should Newcastle allow the defender to leave. (Daily Express)

Inverness manager Charlie Christie has given striker Craig Dargo a fortnight to accept a new contract. (Various)

Out-of-favour Falkirk goalkeeper Jeroen Lambers has signed for Dutch outfit BV Veendam. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Angry Arsene Wenger could leave Arsenal over the boardroom row which saw David Dein leave the club - and will take Thierry Henry with him. (Various)

Frank Lampard, John Terry and Arjen Robben have been offered 'take it or leave it' deals by Chelsea - which will mean all three are earning less than misfiring Andriy Shevchenko. (The Sun)

Bryan Robson is poised to replace Neil Warnock as Sheffield United manager. (Various)

Meanwhile, Sheffield United number two Stuart McCall is poised to quit the Blades to become the new Bradford manager. (Daily Star)

Derby insist they will keep boss Billy Davies despite interest from Manchester City. (The Sun)

A Dubai-based consortium is leading the way to take over Leeds with a 40m bid. (Daily Star)

Wigan supremo Dave Whelan and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore have agreed to calm down over the Carlos Tevez affair. (Daily Star)

Clarence Seedorf claims AC Milan deserved to beat Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final. (Various)

Claudio Ranieri remains top of Man City's wish list for their new manager - despite the Italian telling BBC Sport on Thursday that they were yet to make contact with him. (Various)

Preston boss Paul Simpson has admitted that former assistant Dennis Booth is refusing to speak to him after being released. (Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has told on-loan Jim O'Brien he cannot play against the club for Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup final. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has a good cry when his side loses a big match. (The Sun)

Sheffield United's Phil Jagielka had mixed feelings about his surprise call-up to the England B squad - because it means he will miss a holiday to Halkidki in Greece for which he has already paid. (Daily Express)



SEE ALSO
Thursday's gossip column
17 May 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2007
15 May 07 |  Gossip


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