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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007, 06:10 GMT 07:10 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

West Ham have bid a club-record 12m for Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka. (Daily Mail, Independent)

Ronaldinho admits he would like to have Frank Lampard as a Barcelona team-mate - but boss Frank Rijkaard does not expect it to happen. (Various)

Real Madrid are still confident of signing Chelsea's Dutch winger Arjen Robben. (Various)

Birmingham's 9m joint move for Mido and Hossam Ghaly has collapsed over a last-gasp cash row. (Various)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to wait a year to seal the 30m deal for Carlos Tevez. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are letting England striker Alan Smith talk to Middlesbrough about a 6m transfer. (Daily Mirror)

Nantes' Belgian striker Luigi Pieroni is heading for talks with Middlesbrough and Blackburn. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa have ruled out a move for Chelsea's Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Daily Express)

Manchester City are in talks with Serbian giant Nikola Zigic over a 13m move. (The Sun, Daily Mirror)

City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has made an increased 6m bid for Atletico Madrid winger Martin Petrov. (Independent)

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce will not let Kieron Dyer go on the cheap and is demanding 6m for the midfielder. (Daily Star)

Derby's new 3m Jamaican defender Claude Davis has won his appeal for a work permit. (Daily Mirror)

Pompey defender Sol Campbell is a target for Spanish club Villarreal. (Various)

Everton have been told they will have to pay 6m for Wigan defender Leighton Baines. (Daily Mirror)

Striker Nathan Ellington has urged West Brom to play him or sell him. (Daily Mirror)

Hull have failed with an ambitious attempt to lure Italian legend Christian Vieri to the club. (Daily Mirror)

Sheffield Wednesday are closing in on a 2m move for Southampton's Grzegorz Rasiak. (Daily Mail)

QPR are lining up a 350,000 move for Charlton's Simon Walton. (Daily Mirror)

Luton are set to move for Arsenal's Joe O'Cearuill. (Daily Mirror)

Motherwell look set to miss out on Celtic misfit Adam Virgo after the Parkhead club insisted they match his 5,000-a-week wage packet. (Daily Record)

Gretna are set to sign Derry City defender Darren Kelly. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

The Premiership war of words has started early, with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson telling Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to shut up and labelling him a fool. (Various)

Liverpool are considering ditching the name Anfield and selling the naming rights for their new stadium for 100m. (Daily Star)

Reds boss Rafael Benitez has been told it is time to deliver some trophies. (Daily Mirror)

The Premier League has assured West Ham they are highly unlikely to face any further punishment - even if Carlos Tevez and Kia Joorabchian win their High Court battle. (Daily Express)

AND FINALLY

Millionaire footballers have invented a new drinking game with only one rule - whoever brings the least amount of money on a night out has to buy ALL the drinks. (Daily Star)

About 1.5m people watched David Beckham's debut on ESPN, which is 50% higher than the record for a game featuring an MLS team.



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


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