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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Reported Manchester United target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is ready to shun the attention of several of Europe's top clubs for the chance to work under incoming boss Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp at Ajax. (Ajax Life, 1146)

Manchester City are favourites to seal a deal for Barcelona's Mexico starlet Giovani Dos Santos, the player's father has confirmed. (TEAMtalk, 1133 BST)

Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg's West Ham career appears to be all but over after he was offered 3m to quit the club. (Clubcall, 1059 BST)

Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol has emerged as Hamburg's first choice to replace Huub Stevens as coach. (German newspaper Die Welt, 1017 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Kevin Keegan has been summoned to London on Friday for showdown talks with angry Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. (Daily Mail, The Sun)

Real Madrid are steeling themselves for a major attempt by Chelsea to sign their international defender Sergio Ramos for 50m. (Daily Express)

Although the Blues are apparently only going to offer 20m for Ramos. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are ready to reignite their interest in Manchester City defender Micah Richards. (The Sun)

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is lining up a British record offer of 32m for Dimitar Berbatov. (Daily Mail)

But Berbatov is more likely to end up with Manchester United, who are prepared to pay twice the 10.9m they could have signed him for two years ago. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are ready to turn to long-term target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar if Spurs are successful in creating a big-money auction for Berbatov. (Daily Express)

Manchester United also retain an interest in Lyon's Karim Benezma. (Daily Express)

Spurs have taken steps to replace Berbatov by opening talks with Barcelona over Samuel Eto'o. (Daily Mirror)

Alan Pardew wants Norwich midfielder Mark Fotheringham to help lead Charlton back to the Premier League. (Daily Express)

Manchester City are set to sign Mexican wonder-kid Giovanni Dos Santos from Spanish giants Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has told Barcelona to forget about signing him because he wants to make history with Arsenal. (The Sun)

Portsmouth and Newcastle are fighting it out for Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen. (The Sun)

Kevin Keegan could lure West Bromwich Albion's Zoltan Gera to Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)

Thierry Henry could be on his way out of Barcelona whether he likes it or not. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea flop Juliano Belletti is on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer. (Daily Mirror, The Sun)

Ajax are looking at Middlesbrough's Robert Huth, while Boro will release Fabio Rochemback next week. (The Sun)

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is set to snub a 4m move to Stoke, where he is currently on loan. (The Sun)

Martin O'Neill is determined to keep Gareth Barry at Aston Villa despite rumours of interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. (Daily Mail, Daily Star)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been told by the club's owners the Glazers that he can go on a 40m buying spree. (Daily Star)

FA Cup finalists Cardiff have offered keeper Peter Enckelman a three-year deal to remain at Ninian Park. (Daily Star)

Sunderland are likely to be the first club to take advantage of Reading's relegation plight by prising Steve Hunt away from the Berkshire club. (The Independent)

Jimmy Calderwood is looking to add some firepower to his Aberdeen side and is tracking SK Slovan Bratislava striker Pavol Masaryk. (The Herald)

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies hopes to agree a deal to keep midfielder Mehdi Taouil at Rugby Park. (The Sun)

Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen says new signing David Van Zanten is the first of three or four he plans to make in the summer. (The Sun)

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell has targeted ex-Manchester City winger Darren Huckerby after the 32-year-old was released by Norwich. (Daily Star)

Wigan are chasing Hamburg's Jose Paolo Guerrero and are prepared to smash the club record transfer in their hunt for a striker. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are not after Lionel Messi but do want to sign France star Franck Ribery from Bayern Munich. (Daily Telegraph)

OTHER GOSSIP

Avram Grant expects to be endorsed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as the manager for next season ahead of the Champions league final on 21 May. (Daily Express)

Wayne Rooney will be back to help Manchester United gun for the Premier League crown on Sunday. (The Sun)

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Steve Morrow is a contender to be Walsall boss. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY

Spanish fans were gob-smacked as stars from relegated club Levante refused to play after their game against Deportivo La Coruna kicked off.

The Levante players, who were angry about not being paid, stood in the centre circle while a Deportivo player ran the length of the field before kicking the ball out for a goal kick rather than scoring.

The match then finally started properly, with Deportivo going on to win 1-0. (The Sun)




see also
Wednesday's gossip column
07 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
06 May 08 |  Gossip


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