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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

West Ham will start talks with Dean Ashton about a new contract on Friday. (whufc.com, 1520 BST)

Middlesbrough hope to beat Aston Villa and Everton to the signature of Chelsea's Steve Sidwell but may struggle to meet his 50,000-a-week wage demands. (thisislondon.co.uk, 1520 BST)

606: DEBATE

Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen's agent says the club want to speak to him about keeping the player, despite the breakdown of contract talks. (Manchester Evening News, 1500 BST)

Sven Goran Eriksson could be in line to become the next manager of the Mexico national team, replacing Hugo Sanchez. (football365.com, 1430 BST)

Japanese club JEF United Chiba are making ambitious moves to sign England striker Michael Owen, according to the Nikkan Sports Daily Newspaper (Agence France Presse, 1312 BST)

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Manchester United TV he is at the "right club" following reports that Real Madrid have still not given up hope of luring him to the Bernabeu. (Agence France Presse, 1256 BST)

Tottenham and Newcastle are to battle it out for Manchester City defender Richard Dunne. (thisislondon.co.uk, 1125 BST)

Gary Megson is getting ready to make big changes at Bolton, with up to 12 players, including Stelios and Heidar Helguson, heading for the exit door (thisislancashire.co.uk, 1115 BST).

Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United are both looking to sign Derby striker Rob Earnshaw. (Sportinglife.com, 1100 BST)

West Ham are close to clinching a season-long loan deal for Juventus youngster Davide Lanzafame, who scored 10 goals in Italy's second division this season and won U21 caps for Italy. (SkySports.com, 1030 BST)

Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann, who is available on a free transfer, has been approached by Stuttgart but may retire from football altogether. (Press Association, 1000 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Michael Owen could leave Newcastle if they try to cut his wages as part of a new deal, with Everton among the possible contenders to sign him. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have earmarked Sevilla's Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano as their top summer target (Times) and his team-mate Daniel Alves could be following him (Sun).

West Ham will make another bid to sign Reading defender Nicky Shorey but boss Alan Curbishley has been told he must sell before he buys. (Daily Express)

Petr Cech's agent says an unnamed "very big European club" is willing to pay 32m for the Chelsea goalkeeper. (Sun)

Cardiff teenager Aaron Ramsey could be on his way to Manchester United as a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes. (Mirror)

Hull are interested in signing veteran Italian striker Christian Vieri if they are promoted to the Premier League. (Mirror)

Highly-rated Crystal Palace teenager John Bostock, who was wanted by Barcelona and Manchester United and is currently doing his GCSEs, is on the verge of joining Tottenham. (Daily Mail)

Jackie McNamara has joined Falkirk on a two-year deal after he left Aberdeen. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United are to request champions' medals for Gerard Pique and Tomasz Kuszczak, who each made nine appearances this season rather than the medal-earning mark of 10. (Daily Mail)

Birmingham owner David Sullivan says their relegation is down to the "pile of rubbish" they bought last summer, picking out Franck Queudrue as the biggest let-down. (various)

Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott still "drifts in and out of games too much" to be ready to play centre forward for Arsenal yet. (Mirror)

Injury worries over Sol Campbell and David James mean Portsmouth may name their FA Cup final line-up just hours before kick-off. (Star)

Fulham owner Mohammed Fayed says he remains as committed to the club as at any point in his 10 years in charge. (Telegraph)

Richard Dunne's sending-off at Middlesbrough could cost Manchester City their Uefa Cup place via the Fair Play League, with Fulham in contention to replace them. (Times)

Iain Dowie will be named as QPR's new manager before the end of the week, his fourth club in two years. (Sun)

Cardiff's Robbie Fowler will definitely be in the squad for the FA Cup final despite not having played since December because a hip operation. (Mirror)

England boss Fabio Capello has demanded 11 days to work with his players around the end-of-season internationals as he has had so little time with them so far. (Independent)

AND FINALLY

Zenit St Petersburg boss Dick Advocaat's favourite singer is Michael Bolton. (Daily Record)

Wembley Stadium could stage the 2011 Champions League final after changes to the British tax rules, which are thought to have cost the stadium the chance to host the 2010 final. (Times)

A spare set of engraved Premier League medals will have Chelsea's names erased and go back into storage after having been taken to Stamford Bridge on Sunday in case Chelsea won the title. (Times)

Sunderland's Kieran Richardson missed the 1-0 loss to Arsenal as he became the fifth player dropped by manager Roy Keane for poor time-keeping. (Times)




see also
Monday's gossip column
12 May 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
11 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
13 May 08 |  Gossip


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