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Thursday's gossip column

Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...


Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will submit a list of summer transfer targets to Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra, with Croatia midfielder Luka Modric top of the pile. But Chelsea remain in pole position to clinch a 17m deal with Dynamo Zagreb. (The Times)

Peter Crouch is also a potential summer target for Eriksson, who is disappointed with his team's loss of form in the past two months. (The Times)


Should Arsenal reluctantly lose French midfield enforcer Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer this summer, manager Arsene Wenger will make an 8m offer for West Ham's rising Englishman Mark Noble. (Daily Express)

Schalke 04 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said he has yet to hear of any interest from White Hart Lane after reports linked him with a move to Tottenham. (The Independent)


Missing The Special One? Fear not because his adviser, Eladio Parames, insists "definitely he will be managing a top-flight club in Europe next season". His possible destinations appeared to have narrowed after Inter coach Roberto Mancini's U-turn means he is now likely to stay with the Milan club next season. (The Times)

Nathan Ellington is considering an international career with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Watford striker, who is eligible for England and Jamaica, qualifies for the Balkan state because his wife is Bosnian. (Various)

Croatia coach and Hammers legend Slaven Bilic has described himself as "flattered" to be linked with jobs in England in the wake of his name being mentioned with the West Ham managers role. "On the other hand, it is getting on my nerves because I have my job to do with Croatia," he said. (Daily Telegraph)

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce fears a breakdown of trust between footballers is to blame for the studs up tackle which is creeping back into the game. (Various)

The Football Association is exploring ways to change the rules of the FA Cup to make sure that more English players take part in a bid to aid home-grown talent and boost the player pool at Fabio Capello's disposal. (The Times)

Blackburn have clinched a 5m shirt sponsorship deal with former Liverpool sponsors Crown Paints. (Daily Star)


United States striker Clint Dempsey has been bemoaning the fact that Fulham players don't share rooms on away trips. The Cottagers have a dreadful away record but Dempsey reckons their form on the road could be reversed if the club changed its policy of giving each squad member their own room. "It's crazy!" he said. "I'd prefer to have a room-mate on away trips because I get bored." (Daily Star)

Striker Carlos Tevez will have a price tag of 37m slapped on him when his move to Manchester United is made permanent, making him one of the most expensive players ever. (Daily Express)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his former Old Trafford charge Teddy Sheringham, who is set to retire at the end of Colchester's season, has the potential to succeed in management. "He's single-minded and a strong character," said Ferguson. (The Independent)

see also
Wednesday's gossip column
12 Mar 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - March 2008
03 Mar 08 |  Gossip

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