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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 06:16 GMT 07:16 UK
Wednesday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Chelsea have resigned themselves to losing winger Arjen Robben to Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Jose Mourinho's side will use the cash they get for Robben on Seville's Daniel Alves. (Various)

Derby are lining up a 3m bid for Charlton winger Jerome Thomas. (Various)

US wonderkid Freddy Adu has agreed a 1m deal with Portuguese side Benfica. (The Sun)

Spurs have opened talks with West Brom over highly-rated defender Curtis Davies. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has told Tottenham to forget any attempts to sign him. (Daily Express)

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has denied that he needs to sell Obefemi Martins to fund a 6m swoop for Manchester United's Alan Smith. (Various)

Juventus are lining up a bid for Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele. (The Independent)

Fulham have had a 3.9m bid for Watford striker Hameur Bouazza rejected as the Hornets are holding out for 5m. (The Times)

Rangers, Bolton, Recreativo and Valladolid are chasing Lens striker Daniel Cousin. (The Sun)

Former Celtic trialist Andrea Capone now looks likely to choose between Bologna, Bari, Lecce and Livorno. (Daily Record)

Morton are hoping to sign forward Paul McGowan from Celtic for a six-figure sum. (The Sun)

Dundee United want to sign striker Joe Garner from Blackburn Rovers on loan. (The Sun)

West Brom have slapped a 250,000 price tag on striker John Hartson. (The Sun)

Colchester have agreed a deal to take Charlton striker Kevin Lisbie to Layer Road. (The Sun)

Hull boss Phil Brown wants to sign Sunderland's out-of-favour Republic of Ireland midfielder Graham Kavanagh. (Various)

Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson has lodged a 1.5m bid for Wigan's Kevin Kilbane. (Daily Star)

Leeds boss Dennis Wise is hoping he can sign Newcastle keeper Tim Krul on a season-long loan to solve the club's goalkeeping crisis. (The Sun)

Bradford are to re-sign Wales midfielder Paul Evans. (Various)

Swansea want to sign Derby defender Darren Moore as a replacement for injured captain Garry Monk. (Various)

Kilmarnock are in signing talks with Derry City centre-half Darren Kelly after Gretna ended their interest. (The Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Striker Carlos Tevez could be made to appear in the dock at the High Court over his complicated transfer from West Ham to Manchester United. (The Sun)

New Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves will make his debut for the club this weekend - not in Sunday's Community Shield, but in a Man Utd XI playing against Peterborough. (Daily Mirror)

Ashley Cole says he was injured for most of his first season at Stamford Bridge. (Various)

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson has re-iterated his belief that Liverpool will not sign Gabriel Heinze. (Various)

Former Liverpool star Steve McManaman says Rangers will regret not signing former Reds striker Robbie Fowler. (Daily Record)

Arsenal's William Gallas says the club has to toughen up to succeed next season. (Various)

FA bosses are to announce a massive revamp of their disciplinary system in a bid to restore the games' credibility. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Scottish FA chiefs are to launch a crackdown on persistent fouling and diving in the game. (Daily Record)

Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann says a broken hand will not keep him out of the opening-day match against Manchester United. (Various)

Newcastle fans have launched a hate campaign against wantaway star Kieron Dyer. (Various)

New Blackburn signing Roque Santa Cruz reckons he will form a partnership with Benni McCarthy which can fire Rovers into the top four of the Premier League. (Various)

New Scottish FA president Gordon Smith will today announce radical plans to weed out football cheats. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Leicester boss Martin Allen is getting his players ready for the new season - by making them clean the Walkers Stadium toilets. (The Sun)

Former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock says Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson phoned him to apologise after the Red Devils' final-day loss to West Ham which condemned the Blades to relegation. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Blades fan and Hollywood hard man Sean Bean has denied launching a foul-mouthed attack on the Sheffield United boss in front of his family. (Daily Mirror)



SEE ALSO
Tuesday's gossip column
31 Jul 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - August 2007
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