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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 February 2008, 09:10 GMT
Saturday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

The Premier League will meet next week to decide whether Benjani's transfer from Portsmouth to Manchester City can go ahead. (Various)

Javier Mascherano is expected to make his loan move permanent by signing for Liverpool next week in a 17.1m deal. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says he is ready to sign a contract extension with the club to end rumours of a move away from Eastlands. (Various)

Middlesbrough may have to pay a further 2m for striker Afonso Alves because of a legal challenge from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. (Mail)

Bolton manager Gary Megson has opened talks with Liverpool in a bid to seal a permanent 2m deal for on-loan midfielder Danny Guthrie at the end of the season. (Daily Star)

Fulham hope Daniel Cousin may still join from Rangers before the end of the season as a Fifa meeting will review player status after the Africa Cup of Nations. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Fabio Capello is to name Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard as his captain for the friendly against Switzerland, but the role of permanent skipper is still up for grabs. (Various)

Chelsea defender John Terry has been banned from attending the national team's kit launch next week because Capello does not want injured players on show. (Various)

Former Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni will next week be named Republic of Ireland manager. (The Sun)

New Scotland coach George Burley does not want to play the planned friendly against England at Wembley on 28 May as he believes many of his players will be unavailable because of club commitments. (The Daily Telegraph)

Stoke City's Tony Pulis and former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill have been short-listed to replace Burley as Southampton manager. (Telegraph)

Premier League clubs spent a record 150m in January, surpassing the total of all top divisions in France, Germany, Italy and Spain (Times)

AND FINALLY
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley says goalkeeper Robert Green should dye his hair "or do something else silly" to gain a place in the England squad. (Various)



SEE ALSO
Transfers - February 2008
04 Feb 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
01 Feb 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
30 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
29 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
28 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
27 Jan 08 |  Gossip


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