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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is to have talks about a new contract in the next few weeks. The Czech number one has just a year left on his current deal. (BBC Sport, 1600 BST)

Charlton have turned down a 1.5m offer from Real Betis for defender Madjid Bougherra. (skysports.com, 1445 BST)

Lille midfielder Jean Makoun is wanted by north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, with the French club holding out for 11m. (skysports.com, 1436 BST)

If Arsenal fail in their bid to lure Makoun to the Emirates Stadium, manager Arsene Wenger will turn his attentions to Sevilla's Seydou Keita. (skysports.com, 1436 BST)

Former Chelsea and Liverpool target Daniel Alves of Sevilla will be having talks with two big clubs this week, according to the player's agent. (BBC Sport, 1310 BST)

Benfica defender Luisao has admitted he is interested in a move to the Premier League with Portsmouth reportedly interested in the 12m-rated Brazilian. (skysports.com, 1056 BST)

Manchester City are in pole position to sign Barcelona teenager Giovani dos Santos, according to the player's father. (Manchester Evening News, 1051 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United are set to step up their bid to sign 20m-rated defender Micah Richards from local rivals Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

606: DEBATE
Tottenham could be beaten to the signing of Samuel Eto'o after Inter Milan launched a 32m bid for the Barcelona striker. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has been offered 3m to leave the club. (The Times)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is to launch a 4m bid for Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos who plays for AEK Athens. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland are ready to bid 2.5m for Wolves and Republic of Ireland right back Kevin Foley. (Daily Mirror)

Jordan Stewart is set to join Derby on a free transfer from Watford. (Daily Mirror)

Former Rangers star John Brown thinks it would take more than 10m for English Premier League clubs to prise Carlos Cuellar away from Ibrox. (Daily Express)

West Brom defender Paul Robinson could join Celtic this summer. (The Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Reading manager Steve Coppell will quit the relegated club today after a meeting with chairman John Madejski. (Daily Mirror)

Former Ajax, PSV and Werder Bremen manager Aad De Mos has set his sights on succeeding Alan Curbishley at West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

Birmingham City co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have vowed to quit the club following protests from fans after the club were relegated. (Various)

Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will learn his fate in the next 24 hours and will pocket a 3m pay-off when he is sacked. (Various)

Relegation to the Championship will cost Derby, Reading and Birmingham 42m each. (The Sun)

John Terry insists he will be ready to face Manchester United in the Champions League final, despite dislocating his elbow against Bolton on Sunday. (Various)

Chelsea and Man Utd are struggling to sell-out their allocation of tickets for the 21 May final as the price of travel and accommodation is putting fans off. (The Independent)

Ally McCoist is praying that troubled former team-mate Paul Gascoigne can attend the UEFA Cup Final on Wednesday and inspire Rangers to victory. (The Herald)

Dutch coaching legend Louis Van Gaal has branded Rangers' playing style "boring" and "bad for football". (Various)

AND FINALLY

FC Cologne celebrate after winning promotion to Germany's top division
FC Cologne's Milivoje Novakovic
Rather than the usual champagne celebrations, players in Germany were doused in beer as FC Cologne celebrated their promotion to the Bundesliga top division with huge tankards of lager. Cologne beat FSV Mainz 2-0 to secure top-flight football with one week of the season remaining. (The Sun)

Gordon Strachan has pledged to stay off the booze this week as Celtic prepare for their vital final Scottish Premier League game against Dundee United. (The Sun)




see also
Sunday's gossip column
11 May 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
10 May 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
09 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
09 May 08 |  Gossip


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