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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2007, 08:29 GMT 09:29 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Striker Mark Viduka, who is out of contract at Middlesbrough, has agreed to join Newcastle. (The Sun)

Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker is set to sign for West Ham. (Various)

Arsenal are ready to let Thierry Henry leave the club, with Barcelona set to offer 17m, plus forward Samuel Eto'o, for the France striker. (Daily Star)

Chelsea will sell Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz to Bayern Munich for 3.5m - half of what he cost a year ago. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic have told striker Craig Beattie he can leave as they edge towards a deal with Hibernian's Chris Killen. (Daily Record)

Goalkeeper David Marshall is also likely to leave Celtic, with Norwich his likely destination. (Daily Express)

St Mirren have given seven out-of-contract players until Saturday to accept new contract offers. (Daily Record)

Derby are targeting Aston Villa defender Lee Hendrie. (Various)

Wigan are taking on Everton in the battle to land Sheffield United captain Phil Jagielka. (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich have upped their bid for Blackburn striker Francis Jeffers to 500,000 from 350,000. (Various)

Burnley want to beat Southampton to the signature of Polish striker Marek Saganowski, who has been on loan at the Saints from Troyes. (Daily Mirror)

Nottingham Forest striker Grant Holt has put in a transfer request. (Various)

New Leicester manager Martin Allen may move for striker Izale McLeod from old club MK Dons. (Various)

Birmingham are considering a move for Middlesbrough utility player Stuart Parnaby. (The Sun)

Lee Camp's move to QPR is in doubt because of Derby's promotion to the Premiership, with the keeper - who had been on loan at Loftus Road - entitled to a pay rise if he stays with the Rams and the Championship side unable to match such terms. (The Sun)

Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson wants to sign midfielder Jason Koumas from his former club West Brom, plus Manchester United winger Kieran Richardson and Leeds striker David Healy. (The Sun)

QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has told Fulham it will take a bid of about 5m to land winger Lee Cook. (Daily Star)

Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim could follow former Trotters boss Sam Allardyce to Newcastle. (The Times)

Wolves are in pole position to sign Scunthorpe striker Billy Sharp, who is also wanted by Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich, after tabling a 2m bid. (Daily Star)

Blackburn face a battle to keep striker Benni McCarthy, who wants to play Champions League football. (The Times)

Reading want Watford defender Danny Shittu. (Daily Star)

Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe are battling to sign Rotherham midfielder Martin Woods. (Daily Star)

Southampton are weighing up defender Radostin Kishishev, who has been released by Charlton. (Daily Star)

Dunfermline will offer winger Owen Morrison a new contract on Monday. (Daily Express)

Tam McManus and Gary Mason will decide next week whether to stay with Dunfermline. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Brazilian legend Jairzinho has labelled England boss Steve McClaren's decision to recall Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham for the games against Brazil and Estonia "a joke". (The Sun)

Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho can't wait to wreck Beckham's return to the England side in Friday's friendly. (Daily Star)

Former England striker Trevor Francis, who played for Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League in the 1970s, believes Beckham will regret moving to the United States to join LA Galaxy. (Various)

The Football Association is ready to schedule England B games around the country instead of staging them at Wembley Stadium following the success of the recent game against Albania at Burnley. (Various)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will stay at Anfield after clear-the-air talks with owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. (Daily Mirror)

Former Premiership referee Graham Poll has claimed that leading match officials have given up taking action against managers in the top flight because of the failure to hand out appropriate punishments. (Daily Mail)

An unnamed referee claims more match officials will follow Poll out of the game unless they receive significant backing from the Football Association. (The Guardian)

England and Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster may miss a large chunk of next season after undergoing knee surgery. (Daily Mail)

Parma boss Claudio Ranieri has agreed to become the new manager of Manchester City - if former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover goes through. (Various)

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate insists he will be fit for next season after knee surgery. (Various)

The FA is to launch an audit of player moves after each transfer window - from the Premiership down to the Conference. (Daily Express)

Fulham and Wigan are angry that the saga over the ownership of West Ham striker Carlos Tevez will not be debated in full at the Premier League AGM. (Various)

Billionaire Mike Ashley, who is attempting a takeover of Newcastle, will meet with the Magpies board on Friday or send his representatives, although chairman Freddy Shepherd will be absent because of a spell in hospital with a punctured lung and pneumonia. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Graham Poll, who is set to retire as a professional referee, may continue officiating at grass-roots level after registering for next season with his local Hertfordshire Football Association. (Daily Express)

Partick Thistle chairman Allan Cowan has urged the club's well-heeled fans to help fund new players by contributing 100 a month. (Daily Record)

Police are to get tough with fans staying at the Holiday Inn that overlooks Norwich's pitch because they have been watching the matches for free. (Daily Telegraph)



SEE ALSO
Wednesday's gossip column
30 May 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2007
15 May 07 |  Gossip


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