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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
Tuesday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...


Chelsea have entered the battle to sign Sevilla's Daniel Alves, who can play at full-back or on the right wing but who has long been a target of Liverpool. (The Sun)

Inter Milan have made an offer to swap Brazil striker Adriano for Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United striker Alan Smith wants to stay at the club and fight for a first-team place, even though the Old Trafford outfit have started splashing out on new players and he is wanted by Tottenham. (The Sun)

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to reward Smith for overcoming a career-threatening broken leg and dislocated ankle by opening talks on a new five-year deal. (Daily Star)

Sunderland are set to move for Celtic midfielder Thomas Gravesen but the Black Cats face competition from Reading. (Daily Star)

West Ham will offer Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton 1m more than Newcastle in a signing war this week. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth striker Lomana LuaLua, who has been linked to Espanyol, has dropped a hint that he could move to Spain. (Various)

Al Jazira from Abu Dhabi have also been linked to LuaLua. (The Times)

Chelsea are preparing to sell defender Khalid Boulahrouz to Bayern Munich. (The Times)

Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he has "no doubts" Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will join the Spanish club this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are closing in on Czech Republic defender David Rozehnal, who plays for Paris St Germain. (Various)

West Ham midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is closer to becoming an Aston Villa player after the clubs held talks over the weekend. (Daily Express)

Czech midfielder Jiri Jarosik wants to quit Celtic and find a new club in the English Premiership or in Russia. (Daily Record)

Norwich are targeting Dundee defender Paul Dixon. (Daily Record)

Fulham have made a 2m bid for ex-Birmingham striker Walter Pandiani, who is now at Espanyol. (The Sun)

Arsenal want to sign Auxerre left-back Bakari Sagna. (Various)

Bolton want to take Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse, who spent last season on loan at Marseille, on loan for next season. (Various)

Bolton will only let striker Nicolas Anelka join Manchester United if the Trotters land Cisse for less than Liverpool's 6m asking price or on loan. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are expected to offer midfielder Hayden Mullins and forward Marlon Harewood as part of a deal for Charlton striker Darren Bent. (The Times)

Fulham have told Southampton they won't be held to ransom after the London club had a 2.5m bid for Saints defender Chris Baird rejected. (Daily Star)

Middlesbrough have been told they must double their money from 1.3m if they want to land Levante winger Mustapha Riga. (Various)

West Ham are set to move for Everton midfielder Tim Cahill - 24 hours after having a bid for Toffees striker Andrew Johnson rejected. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves want Southend striker Freddy Eastwood in a 1.5m deal but Molineux boss Mick McCarthy has warned Aston Villa and Everton off winger Michael Kightly. (The Sun)

West Brom midfielder Jason Koumas has claimed Aston Villa are interested in signing him but he will make no decision on his future for a fortnight. (Daily Mirror)

Leeds will cash in on striker David Healy, with Fulham, Watford and Sunderland tracking the Northern Ireland star. (Daily Mirror)

Derby boss Billy Davies has insisted he will not be rushed into making any signings by clubs hoping to make a quick buck. (Daily Star)

Leicester are set to sign MK Dons striker Izale McLeod and Gillingham winger Matt Jarvis. (Daily Express)

Sheffield Wednesday striker Steve MacLean could leave the club after failing to agree a new deal. (Daily Star)

Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele would consider joining David Beckham in Major League Soccer after admitting his future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain. (Daily Telegraph)


Steven Gerrard has tipped his England team-mate Frank Lampard to hit back at his critics by "scoring a wonder goal in the next few games or putting in a wonderful performance". (The Sun)

Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer is being lined up to play at right-back in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia. (Various)

England manager Steve McClaren looks set to keep Alan Smith in an attacking role with Michael Owen against Estonia. (The Independent)

McClaren is considering keeping the same side that drew with Brazil for the game in Estonia. (The Guardian)

Estonia football chiefs have admitted that they have mixed feelings about the match against England because they respect their rivals, would love them to qualify and would not want McClaren to get the sack. (Daily Express)

Former England manager Graham Taylor, talking in an interview with Sport magazine, has warned that his national team is in danger of suffering from the influx of foreign players in the Premiership like the Scotland team, who he believes have suffered from the same problem in the Scottish Premier League. (Various)

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri says Manchester City took too long in deciding if they wanted him as manager so he agreed to become Juventus coach. (The Sun)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who appeared at the launch of the Olympic logo for the 2012 Games, says he loves London so much he would even manage Crystal Palace. (Various)

Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has undergone knee surgery following a problem when on international duty with Norway and will not be fit until at least the start of next season. (Various)

Former Grimsby defender John McDermott and ex-Scarborough boss Neil Redfearn head the list to be Boston manager. (Daily Star)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says injury-hit defender Martin Laursen will be given a new deal - if he proves his fitness. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that his firebrand image and use of the 'hairdryer treatment' is an urban myth. He told Manchester's Key 103 station: "It gets a bit worn out this hairdryer stuff but in dealing with the myth you have got to deal with a lot of things." (The Independent)

Dunfermline full-back Scott Morrison is set to sign a new one-year deal, with an option of a further 12 months. (Daily Record)


Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce wants to sit in the stands during the first half of games next season so he can shape his side's tactics but may have to trigger a directors' box reshuffle so women, children and guests do not hear him swearing. (Daily Mirror)

Former Premiership referee Graham Poll has been invited by the Hertfordshire Football Association to handle junior parks games next season. (Various)

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