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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made Bolton's Nicolas Anelka his number one target as a replacement for striker Thierry Henry, who has joined Barcelona. (Daily Express)

Portsmouth striker Lomana LuaLua is a target for Wigan. (The Sun)

He is also being lined up by West Ham. (Daily Telegraph)

Bolton are closing in on Sweden winger Christian Wilhelmsson, who plays for Nantes. (The Sun)

West Ham are lining up a 5m swoop for wanted Reading defender Nicky Shorey. (Daily Express)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is ready to fork out 10m for Olympiacos and Mexico forward Nery Castillo. (The Times)

Manchester City have made an inquiry about promising Romanian striker Ciprian Marica. (The Independent)

Birmingham have made an approach for West Brom's 2.5m-rated left-back Paul Robinson. (Daily Mail)

DJ Campbell is set to choose Watford over Leicester when he leaves Birmingham City. (Various)

Fulham have signed Lee Cook from QPR for 2.5m and have handed the 24-year-old a four-year deal. (Various)

Everton will sign South African Steven Pienaar and Swiss Johann Vogel in the next 48 hours. (Daily Mirror)

Pienaar, 25, is already a Toffees player after signing for the club on Wednesday night. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland are preparing to table a 9m bid for Hearts' Craig Gordon - which would be a British record fee for a goalkeeper. (Daily Telegraph)

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has turned to West Ham's Bobby Zamora in his search for a new striker. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro turned down the chance to join Chelsea. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea are prepared to up their offer for Spurs full-back Pascal Chimbonda to 8m. (The Times)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he wants Arjen Robben to stay, despite the attentions of Spanish giant Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Jose Antonio Reyes fears that a Robben move to Madrid will scupper his hopes of landing a permanent switch to the Spanish capital. (Daily Express)

Championship side Hull will attempt to sign Andy Cole, who may be leaving Fratton Park. (Daily Telegraph)

Cardiff are closing in on Robbie Fowler after chairman Peter Ridsdale improved his offer. (Daily Mail)

Falkirk will find out by the end of next week whether they will get on-loan keeper Kasper Schmeichel back from Manchester City for the new campaign. (Daily Record)

Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson last night dropped his interest in Thomas Gravesen after running out of patience with the Celtic flop. (Daily Record)

Roy Keane has slapped in a 2m bid in an attempt to prise Bobo Balde away from Celtic. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea captain John Terry has agreed a new 6.8m contract with the Premier League club, which will make him the highest paid player in England. (Various)

Terry has given the Blues an injury scare after breaking his toe on the pre-season trip to the United States. (Various)

Mourinho has welcomed Tottenham into the Premier League's big time, saying they are one of five title contenders, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. (The Sun)

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has hinted that he may quit at the end of the season if he repeats the mistakes he made towards the end of the last campaign. (Daily Express)

Sheffield United have been approached to manage operations at struggling Hungarian side Ferencvaros. (The Guardian)

Michael Owen has put himself in the frame to become the next Newcastle captain, following the departure of Scott Parker. (Various)

Dimitar Berbatov's long-term future at Tottenham depends on the North London club qualifying for the Champions League next season. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY

Ipswich have ordered prankster Gavin Williams to pay 3,000 in costs after he trashed a team-mate's car. He also signed himself as Pele on first-team shirts to be given to charity. (The Sun)



SEE ALSO
Wednesday's gossip column
18 Jul 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2007
01 Jul 07 |  Gossip


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