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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 06:51 GMT 07:51 UK
Wednesday's gossip column
transfers & gossipchelsea rumoursand finally

TRANSFER RUMOURS & OTHER GOSSIP

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen to buy Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes for 3m in January. (The Sun)

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton is tracking Hibs centre-back Rob Jones. (Various)

American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke is considering making a public show of support for the current Arsenal regime by attending the club's annual meeting on 18 October. (Daily Telegraph)

Newcastle were days away from 'folding like a pack of cards' before Mike Ashley rescued them with a 133m takeover. (Various)

Senior Bolton players have had a series of meetings with under-fire boss Sammy Lee to discuss the current crisis. (Daily Star)

Everton have lifted the club suspension on Andy van der Meyde to give him one final chance to prove himself in Wednesday's Carling Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday. (Daily Star)

CHELSEA RUMOURS

Holland coach Marco van Basten will replace Avram Grant as Chelsea's boss after being offered the job by Roman Abramovich. (Daily Telegraph and The Sun)

Juventus manager Claudio Ranieri is set to take advantage of the instability at his former club Chelsea with an inquiry for Brazil defender Alex. (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho has been offered a 10m-a-year deal to manage the United Arab Emirates for their World Cup campaign. (Daily Mirror)

Jurgen Klinsmann has signalled his availability to Tottenham and Chelesea by saying he is ready to return to management. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United will fight Chelsea's request to the Premier League to allow boss Avram Grant special dispensation over his Uefa Pro licence. (Guardian)

AND FINALLY

Billionaire Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will have 10 bodyguards with him at Wednesday's Carling Cup tie against Hull at the KC Stadium. (Various)



SEE ALSO
Tuesday's gossip column
25 Sep 07 |  Gossip
Transfers - September 2007
05 Sep 07 |  Gossip


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