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Last Updated: Friday, 1 June 2007, 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK
Friday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United's summer shopping spree is set to continue with a move for Bolton's Nicolas Anelka. (Various)

And while one striker comes into Old Trafford, another could be on his way out. Tottenham want England international Alan Smith. (Sun)

West Ham are lining up a 5m bid for Joey Barton and want to pair him in midfield with Scott Parker. (Star)

Parker is set to become the highest paid player in West Ham's history when he joins from Newcastle. (Sun)

Nigel Reo-Coker has lowered his sights. After saying he would only play for a Champions League club the West Ham man now wants a move to Newcastle. (Sun)

But Aston Villa have emerged as Reo-Coker's most likely destination in an 8m deal. (Guardian)

And Villa are hoping to land West Brom full-back Paul Robinson. (Sun)

Villa boss Martin O'Neill says he will not be held to ransom by Liverpool over a fee for striker and new Wales captain Craig Bellamy. (Sun)

France international midfielder Florent Malouda has begged Lyon not to price him out of a move to Liverpool. The French champions want 17m. (Mail)

Chelsea's veteran midfielder Claude Makelele has been offered a two-year deal by Paris St Germain. (Various)

The Blues have agreed personal terms with Claudio Pizarro. Bayern Munich's Peruvian striker will join on a free transfer in a deal worth 50,000 a week. (Times)

And Chelsea are also hopeful of signing Benni McCarthy from Blackburn. (Times)

Derby County are eyeing a move for Aston Villa defender Liam Ridgewell and could get their man for 2m. (Mirror)

And Aston Villa will also let Steven Davis leave for 5m. Fulham are keen on the Northern Ireland midfielder. (Various)

In fact, new Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez is keen on a fair few players. Southampton have rejected a 2.5m bid for defender Chris Baird. (Sun)

The Cottagers are set to raid neighbours QPR for Lee Cook and Roy Jones. They have opened the bidding with a 1.5m combined offer. (Various)

And they want to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson. (Mirror)

Portsmouth are eyeing Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop in a 2.5m deal. (Mirror)

Having called time on his Celtic career, Neil Lennon will join League One outfit Nottingham Forest. (Various)

The Old Firm are going head-to-head for Robbie Fowler. Celtic have the edge over Rangers... at the moment. (Various)

Hearts are ready to sign up striker Craig Beattie, if Celtic are prepared to sell the 23-year-old. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers are tracking PSV Eindhoven's USA international winger DaMarcus Beasley. (Scottish Sun)

Derby County manager Billy Davies wants funds to sign goalkeeper Craig Gordon from Hearts. (Scottish Daily Express)

Defender Pascal Mendy is set to finally seal his move to Hearts. (Daily Record)

Crystal Palace want Teddy Sheringham. In order to fund the move manager Peter Taylor is listening to offers for midfielder Jobi McAnuff. (Star)

Former QPR midfielder Marc Bircham is keen on a move to LA Galaxy. (Star)

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is confident Mark Viduka's arrival on Tyneside will persuade Michael Owen to stay. (Mirror)

Middlesbrough are aiming to replace Australian Viduka with West Brom's Diomansy Kamara. Any deal is set to cost in the region of 5m. (Mirror)

And Boro are busy keeping tabs on defensive midfielder Marcelo from Corinthians. (Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United's signing of Anderson is set to be probed by the Premier League. It fears the Brazilian's move could mirror Carlos Tevez's deal at West Ham that involved third-party ownership. (Mirror)

Freddy Shepherd is on the brink of relinquishing control of Newcastle to Mike Ashley. (Various)

Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari claims Roman Abramovich wants him to be the next Chelsea manager. (Sun)

Juventus hope to hijack Manchester City's move for Claudio Ranieri after top target Marcello Lippi turned down the chance to become boss. (Mirror)

John Brown is a top contender for the manager's job at Clyde. (Record)

Leeds boss Dennis Wise has offered to take a pay cut following the club's relegation to League One. (Various)

Wales boss John Toshack is relieved Ryan Giggs retired from international football as he was dreading telling the midfielder he was dropped. (Various)

John Terry will hand David Beckham the captain's armband if he reaches the 100-cap mark for England. (Various)

And Terry has called for England to turn Wembley into a fortress. (Various)

Brazil boss Dunga says the pitch at Wembley is sub-standard. "The grass comes off very easily," he said after a shortened training session. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater says he could be in contention for England's No 1 jersey next season. (Mirror)

"I grew up with a few of the lads like Paul Robinson, Rob Green and Chris Kirkland and they are good but I don't think they are anything special," he said. "I'm confident but not cocky."



SEE ALSO
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