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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2007, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Wednesday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is in the hunt for Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o and Ajax's Klass Jan Huntelaar. (Daily Star)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants to make 12m Valencia winger David Silva his first summer signing. (The Sun)

The Reds are ready to offer Djibril Cisse in part-exchange for Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa. (Daily Star)

Liverpool hope to make Lyon midfielder Florent Malouda their first signing. (The Guardian)

Newcastle want Manchester City's Joey Barton and are prepared to let fellow midfielder Scott Parker move to West Ham for 8m. (Daily Mirror)

AC Milan want Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko to return to the club on loan. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom midfielder Jason Koumas may lead the exodus from the club after the failure to gain promotion to the Premiership. (Various)

Arsenal are targeting West Brom captain Curtis Davies. (Daily Mirror)

Coventry want to sign Ipswich striker Alan Lee in a 400,000 swoop. (Daily Mirror)

Kanu's dispute at Portsmouth has alerted Spanish La Liga clubs Osasuna and Espanol. (Daily Mirror)

Reading are keen on Luton's Leon Barnett but the Hatters are asking for 3m. (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff skipper Darren Purse, who has been linked with Wigan, Sheffield United and Charlton, is poised to sign a new contract. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is lining up a 400,000 move for Nottingham Forest's out-of-contract winger Kris Commons. (Various)

Arjan de Zeeuw looks set to join Leicester after his release by Wigan. (Daily Star)

Wigan hope to convince Sami Hyypia to leave Anfield for the JJB Stadium. (The Independent)

Coventry are lining up a double swoop for Southend pair Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Luke Guttridge. (Daily Star)

Sheffield United midfielder Phil Jagielka is set to join Everton by the weekend. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Reading defender Nicky Shorey is set to be drafted into the starting line-up for England. (Daily Express)

Ledley King could pip Michael Carrick for the holding role against Brazil on Friday. (The Independent)

Derby manager Billy Davies went to war with the club because of a dispute over bonus payments for players for gaining promotion. (The Sun)

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri is on the brink of accepting the Manchester City job. (Daily Mirror)

Ranieri held talks in London on Tuesday with representatives of the consortium trying to buy the club. (Daily Mail)

Or alternatively, Ranieri is ready to snub City's offer and stay at Parma. (Various)

Premiership referee Graham Poll, who is retiring a year earlier than planned, has accused the Football Association of failing to protect match officials from unruly players and managers. (Daily Mail)

Wales and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is to announce his retirement from international football. (The Sun)

Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock believes he is the fans' choice to become the new boss of Northern Ireland. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY

Charlie Richardson, a female cousin of Manchester United midfielder Kieran Richardson, is to be part of the Big Brother television programme. (The Sun)

Former Coventry and West Brom striker Lee Hughes, who was jailed for six years in 2004, has agreed a deal with Oldham while still in prison. (Daily Mail)



SEE ALSO
Tuesday's gossip column
29 May 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2007
15 May 07 |  Gossip


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