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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2007, 08:03 GMT 09:03 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Liverpool look set to beat Chelsea in the race to land Lyon midfielder Florent Malouda after the French footballer of the year indicated he would move to Anfield in a 10m deal. (Various)

Arsenal are planning to hijack Liverpool's bid for Malouda. (The Independent)

Tottenham are poised to do battle with Aston Villa for the signature of Ajax midfielder Wesley Sneijder. (The Sun)

Wigan want to sign defender Mario Melchiot, who is a free agent after a year at Rennes, and Liverpool centre-half Sami Hyypia. (Various)

Villarreal's former Arsenal winger Robert Pires has urged Gunners striker Thierry Henry to join him in Spain by moving to Barcelona. (Various)

Reading are preparing to swoop for West Ham midfielder Hayden Mullins. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool will have to take on AC Milan if they are to land Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o. (The Sun)

West Ham are set to pip Chelsea to the signing of Fredrikstad striker Tarik Elyounoussi, 19. (Daily Star)

Colchester striker Jamie Cureton may return to Norwich, despite having a transfer request turned down. (Daily Star)

Tottenham and Celtic want striker Marlon Harewood, who has been told he can leave West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are believed to be preparing a 2.7m move for Hertha Berlin striker Marko Pantelic. (The Times)

Fulham will make a renewed bid for Southampton defender Chris Baird after having a 2.5m offer turned down. (The Times)

Derby may hijack Ipswich's bid to land Blackburn striker Francis Jeffers because they are prepared to meet the 1.5m asking price. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom defender Curtis Davies, who has been linked to Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal, is considering his future after the club missed out on promotion to the Premiership. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland have launched a bid to sign Preston striker David Nugent in a part-exchange offer involving Stern John. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth have offered 2m - 100,000 more than Fulham - for QPR winger Lee Cook. (Various)

Middlesbrough are targeting Fulham forward Collins John. (Daily Mirror)

Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who has been the subject of a failed 2m bid by Sunderland, could leave Bolton after contract talks stalled. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are considering a 3.5m swoop for Blackburn striker Jason Roberts. (Daily Mirror)

Kilmarnock have told Rangers and other suitors that they want 2m for striker Steven Naismith. (Daily Mail)

Celtic have contacted Kilmarnock to confirm their interest in Steven Naismith. (Daily Express)

Former Croatia striker Dado Prso is poised to end his career in Qatar after leaving Rangers. (Daily Record)

Dunfermline winger Owen Morrison has rejected the offer of a new contract. (The Sun)

Dundee United are interested in transfer-listed Leicester defender Alan Maybury. (The Sun)

Falkirk have given a trial to Dutch defender Jordi Holtkamp from amateur outfit HSC21. (Daily Mail)

St Johnstone have signed Dyron Daal after the striker was allowed to leave Aberdeen. (the Sun)

Brentford striker Jo Kuffour is close to joining Bournemouth after rejecting the chance to go to Huddersfield. (Daily Star)

Celtic keeper David Marshall, who had a spell on loan at Norwich last season, wants to return to Carrow Road. (Daily Record)

Midfielder Yossi Benayoun is understood to be hoping Liverpool come in for him, even though he has agreed at new five-year deal at West Ham. (The Independent)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former England captain David Beckham has said he will help fire his national team to the Euro 2008 finals after continuing his comeback by inspiring them to victory in a qualifier against Estonia. (Various)

Scotland boss Alex McLeish, whose side are third in Euro 2008 qualifying Group B, says his squad must maintain the belief that they can still qualify for the finals. (Various)

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith says the goal against Estonia proves England forward Michael Owen is back in the big time following his injury problems. (Daily Telegraph)

Norwegian shipping billionaire John Fredriksen is understood to be one of the people interested in buying Tottenham. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has hit back at the critics who believe he misses too many chances. (Daily Mirror)

Spain coach Luis Aragones, whose side are second in Euro 2008 qualifying Group F, will step down from his role when his contract expires after the finals of the tournament. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says the Blues will reclaim the Premiership title next season and he will again be the top scorer in the division. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he gave winger Cristiano Ronaldo, whose Old Trafford future was in doubt last summer, the same pep talk that persuaded Eric Cantona and David Beckham to stay longer with the Red Devils. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are giving former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra 48 hours to close the takeover of the club or the deal is off. (Daily Mirror)

Former Brighton boss and ex-Aberdeen and Celtic striker Mark McGhee is a leading contender for the Motherwell managerial post. (Daily Record)

Former Inverness boss Sergei Baltacha has rejected an approach from Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov to become the new manager at the club. (Daily Record)

Chelsea's Michael Ballack, who has been criticised during his time at the club, wants to become the irreplaceable midfielder at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Express)

The Football League is set to close the loophole that allowed Leeds and Boston to avoid carrying 10-point penalties into next season by going into administration when they were set for relegation. (The Guardian) Mark McGhee has emerged as the leading contender to be manager of Motherwell. (Daily Record/Daily Mail)

Former Motherwell defender Luc Nijholt has joined the race to become the club's manager. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo says manager Sir Alex Ferguson can still deliver his famous 'hairdryer treatment'. Ronaldo said: "He shakes me up and screams at me now and again. He is like my mother or my father. He sets my limits and my aims." (The Sun)

Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny has raised 10,000 for a local children's hospice by running 78 miles in three days from Skegness to his South Yorkshire home. (Daily Star)



SEE ALSO
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