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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2007, 05:30 GMT 06:30 UK
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Aston Villa have pipped Manchester City to the season-long loan signing of Liverpool keeper Scott Carson. (Various)

Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has been told to explain to the Stamford Bridge fans that he wants to leave before the club will sell him to Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror) The Blues have also demanded that the Dutchman asks for a transfer if he wants to leave the club. (Daily Star)

Birmingham are still hopeful of signing Tottenham striker Mido. (Various)

Aston Villa are set to make a 3m bid for Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen after Sunderland beat them to Craig Gordon's signature. (Daily Star)

Middlesbrough striker Yakubu has demanded a transfer - and that could pay the way for a 10m move, with Everton leading the chase for him. (Daily Mail)

West Ham hope to complete a deal for Eidur Gudjohnsen before the end of the month after agreeing a 6.7m fee for him with Barcelona. (Various)

And the Hammers still want Nicky Shorey but Reading will not sell until they have found a replacement. (Various)

Everton target Manuel Fernandes says he is happy at Benfica. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is interested in Real Madrid's Brazilian full-back Cicinho. (The Sun)

Arsenal are set to offer 5m for Chelsea's French under-21 international midfielder Lassana Diarra. (The Sun)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has held talks with Real Madrid over a cut-price move for striker Antonio Cassano. (The Sun)

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce is hoping to secure Arsenal defender Johan Djourou on a year's loan. (The Sun)

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is ready to make a 4m bid for Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop. (Daily Mirror)

But Allardyce has pulled out of a deal for Ivica Dragutinovic after being shocked by the 31-year-old Seville defender's wage demands. (The Times)

Juventus are planning to lure Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva from Arsenal in a 4m deal. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham could land Palermo's Mark Bresciano after his move to Manchester City fell through. (The Times)

Derby are hoping to complete a deal for SV Hamburg midfielder Benny Feilhaber but face work permit problems for the US international. (The Times)

Seville's 24-year-old Brazilian right-back Daniel Alves has reiterated his desire to join Chelsea. (Various)

Rangers are closing in on Lens striker Daniel Cousin after the French club said he no longer has to play in their home matches. (Daily Record)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is unwilling to allow unsettled striker Shaun Maloney return to Celtic - until the January transfer window at the earliest. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle have been the subject of a new takeover bid from a group of Chinese investors - only a month after Mike Ashley's 131m buy-out. (The Sun)

Chelsea captain John Terry has made a quickfire recovery from a knee injury and hopes to face Liverpool on 19 August and be involved in England's Euro 2008 qualifiers in September. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United's new signing Nani will have some explaining to do to manager Sir Alex Ferguson after performing his trademark celebratory somersault following a stunning goal in the 3-0 win against Glentoran on Wednesday. Ferguson, who missed the friendly and another against Dunfermline because his wife forced him to help with a house move, had banned the winger from such a performance because of injury fears. (Daily Mirror)



SEE ALSO
Tuesday's gossip column
07 Aug 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - August 2007
01 Aug 07 |  Gossip


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