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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2007, 05:36 GMT 06:36 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

West Ham will complete the 6m signing of Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer on Thursday. (Various)

Barcelona have insisted midfielder Deco will be staying with them, dealing a blow to Chelsea's hopes of capturing the Portugal star. (The Sun)

But one player determined to join the Blues is Seville's Brazilian defender Daniel Alves, who is ready to lose 3m in wages to seal the deal. (The Sun)

Sunderland will make another bid for Hearts keeper Craig Gordon. (The Sun)

Reading manager Steve Coppell is preparing a 2m bid for Fulham defender Liam Rosenior. (The Sun)

Coppell also seems set to sign Nantes midfielder Emerse Fae. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough hope to beat Fulham to the signature of Portsmouth's Sean Davis, after offering 2m for the midfielder. (The Sun)

However, Boro face competition from Premier league rivals Fulham, whose manager Lawrie Sanchez is also keen on the player. (Daily Mirror)

Arjen Robben has told Chelsea to pay him what he is worth if they are to have a chance of preventing him from joining Real Madrid. (Daily Star)

Sunderland have signed Tottenham striker Mido for 6m. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona are keen on luring Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele to the Nou Camp. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is prepared to splash out 3m to sign Fulham's midfield powerhouse Papa Bouba Diop. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson will continue spending to sign Valeri Bojinov, Elano, Javier Garrido and Vedran Corluka. (Various)

Celtic and Aston Villa are in negotiations about a 1m return to Glasgow for Shaun Maloney. (Daily Record)

Hearts face competition from German clubs for the signature of Ripo Minsk striker Vyacheslav Hleb. (Various)

Wigan want to sign West Brom skipper Paul Robinson on pay-as-you-play contract. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough centre-back Chris Riggott is on his way to Hull in a 1m transfer. (Daily Mirror)

And Boro are considering Portsmouth's offer of 10m plus Sean Davis for striker Yakubu. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan and Newcastle are hoping to tempt defender Abdoulaye Faye away from Bolton. (Daily Mail)

Derby boss Billy Davies has slapped a 5m price tag on Giles Barnes, who is attracting interest from West Ham and Tottenham. (Various)

Everton boss David Moyes is close to agreeing a 5m deal for Wigan defender Leighton Baines.

Moyes will also move for Manchester United's Alan Smith if James Beattie joins Sheffield United. (Daily Mail)

Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez will offer 1m for Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia. (Daily Express)

Meanwhile, Liverpool will move for Celta Vigo defender Diego Placente if they fail to sign Manchester United's Gabriel Heinze. (Daily Express)

And the Reds have offered French striker Anthony Le Tallec to Sochaux for 2.5m. (The Times)

Portsmouth are trying to resurrect a deal for Seville striker Frederic Kanoute. (The Times)

Bolton are expected to sign Daniel Braaten for 500,000 from Rosenborg on Thursday. (The Times)

Real Madrid are posied to steal in ahead of Chelsea to sign Feyenoord winger Royston Drenthe. (The Guardian)

West Ham may have moved a step closer to signing striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, who has been left out of Barcelona's tour of Asia. (The Guardian)

Aberdeen have taken former West Brom goalkeeper John Bateman on trial. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Blackburn will make striker Benni McCarthy one of the highest-paid players in their history in an attempt to ward off interest in him from Chelsea. (Various)

Former Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron has warned his Argentine compatriot Carlos Tevez that joining the club could kill his career. (Daily Star)

Inverness Caley Thistle's Romanian striker, Marius Niculae, expects to miss the start of the season because of a work permit problem. (Daily Record)

St Mirren striker Craig Dargo is a fitness doubt for the SPL opener against Motherwell. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock claims he bet on Liverpool losing last season's Champions League final after he felt he was betrayed by Rafael Benitez. Warnock was furious with the Anfield boss for putting out a reserve team for a crucial Premier League match against Fulham, who were one of the Blades' relegation rivals, and wanted to exact a form of revenge. (The Sun)

The Scottish FA has announced referees will watch videos of matches they have officiated and hand out retrospective yellow cards for any incidents they might have missed first time around. (Various)

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is flying in the face of current trends by claiming that "football is not about money or flashy things, it is about playing the game well". Is that a view shared by Dutch team-mate Arjen Robben? He has just told his club Chelsea to pay him what he is worth if they want to keep him - and his father has insisted that if the Blues contract offer to his son had been anywhere near the reported 90,000 a week, there would not be a problem. (Daily Star)

Manchester United appear to have lost one of their most eminent fans - the Archbishop of York. Dr John Sentamu has opted for a 300 season ticket to watch York. He is not the only stay-away as United still have season tickets available, with only 10 days before the start of the season. (The Times)

However, United have snapped up nine-year-old sensation Rhain Davis, who has been hailed as the new Wayne Rooney. The little lad - who lives in Brisbane, Australia - came to United's attention when his grandfather sent the club a DVD of the boy in action. (Various)



SEE ALSO
Wednesday's gossip column
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Transfers - August 2007
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