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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 12:53 GMT 13:53 UK
Wednesday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Real Madrid will lure Arjen Robben to Spain by offering him a six-year deal worth 24m. (The Sun)

The Spanish club has offered Chelsea a 14.5m plus players deal for the Dutch winger. (Various)

Sunderland will smash the British transfer fee for a goalkeeper on Wednesday by paying Hearts 9m for Craig Gordon. (Daily Mail)

Freddie Ljungberg wants a 6m pay-off from Arsenal before he leaves the Emirates Stadium. (Daily Star)

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has rejected a 13m move to Arsenal and will stay in the north-east. (Daily Express)

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon does not want the club to sell Shaun Wright-Phillips to Spurs - as he fears the north London club will be title rivals in seasons to come. (The Sun)

Everton will complete the signing of Switzerland international Johann Vogel on Wednesday. (Various)

Liverpool will try to hijack young England star Danny Rose's 1m move from Leeds to Spurs. (Daily Mirror)

Charlton want to sign Spurs misfit Danny Murphy. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City and Manchester United are battling to sign Argentine goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo. (Daily Star)

Birmingham will secure striker Mido from Spurs this week on loan - with a view to a 5m permanent deal. (Various)

Chelsea are still interested in signing Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda, and could offer Glen Johnson as part of any deal. (Various)

West Ham and Manchester City will have to match 5.5m offers from Sevilla and Galatasaray for Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mail)

Derby, Cardiff and Preston all want to sign Blackburn striker Francis Jeffers. (The Sun)

Derby boss Billy Davies will sign Ipswich's Welsh international goalkeeper Lewis Price. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal teenagers Fran Merida and Varlos Vela are to join Primera Liga side Almeira on a season-long loan. (Daily Mirror)

Reading are close to signing Danilo Gerlo after making a 750,000 bid for the River Plate defender. (The Times)

Watford are closing on a 2m deal to re-sign their former striker Heidar Helguson from Fulham. (The Sun)

Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson has made a 1.5m bid to sign Thomas Gravesen from Celtic. (Daily Mirror)

Sheffield Wednesday have weighed in with a 2m bid for Southampton striker Grzegorz Rasiak. (Various)

Charlton are closing in on a 1.5m deal for MK Dons striker Izale McLoed - with Leicester also interested. (Various)

Middlesbrough and Manchester City are in the running for Charlton's 3m-rated defender Luke Young. (Daily Mirror)

Charlton will offload former Chelsea and Millwall midfielder Jody Morris. (Daily Express)

Hull City are ready to make a shock bid to sign former England striker Andrew Cole. (The Sun)

Ipswich are set to sell Gavin Williams to Stoke for 400,000. (The Sun)

Dundee United boss Craig Levein is trying to sign Leicester City's Mark de Vries for a third time on a loan deal. (Scottish Sun)

Hibs boss John Collins has scotched speculation that he's poised to launch a bid for free-scoring Republic of Ireland Under-21 striker Roy O'Donovan. (The Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun says the Hammers' nightmare season was caused by too much change on and off the field. (The Sun)

Former Man City midfielder Joey Barton has hit out at his treatment at the club towards the end of the season. (Various)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is convinced he will form a good midfield partnership with Massimo Donati - even though the Italian does not speak much English. (Daily Record)

West Brom are set to reveal that Jonathan Greening has signed a new three-year deal with them. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Anyone feeling that there has been over-exposure of David Beckham of late might want to avoid US telly coverage of LA Galaxy matches. Cameras will be allowed into the dressing room, meaning that Goldenballs could provide viewers with more than they bargained for, if he's not careful. (Daily Star)

Beckham's salary at LA Galaxy is 503.9 times bigger than the lowest-paid member of the squad, goalkeeper Lance Friesz. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill persuaded Marlon Harewood to join his side, rather than Wigan, with a last-ditch personal phone call to the striker. (Various)



SEE ALSO
Tuesday's gossip column
17 Jul 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2007
01 Jul 07 |  Gossip


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