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Wednesday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

New Benfica sporting director Rui Costa says Sven-Goran Eriksson is unlikely to become the club's next coach. (Press Association 2301 BST)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has been approached to coach Mexico. (Esto 2057 BST)

Real Madrid say they have the finances to sign Manchester United's 100m-rated winger Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. (Marca 1708 BST)

Wigan have not received any offers for the Antonio Valencia, according to his agent, despite newspaper reports linking him to Manchester United or Liverpool (BBC Sport, 1643 BST)

Cruzeiro president Alvimar Perrella has revealed at a press conference that Tottenham have failed with a bid to sign Marcelo Moreno. (setanta.com 1540 BST)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan has warned Arsenal off making a move for Obafemi Martins. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle 1538 BST)

Birmingham's on-loan striker Mauro Zarate is in talks with two Premier League clubs. (BBC Sport, 1342 BST)

Reading manager Steve Coppell has hinted that the support of the fans may persuade him to stay at the club. (Reading Evening Post, 1232 BST)

Paris St Germain forward Amara Diane has admitted he would jump at the chance to join Newcastle. (Press Association, 1226 BST)

Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell is considering "various options" after being told he has no future at Anfield. (BBC Sport, 1222 BST)

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti will not be leaving for Manchester City or the Italy national team despite reports in the Italian press. (BBC Sport, 1113 BST)

Tottenham defender Ricardo Rocha has told Juande Ramos that he wants to leave White Hart Lane this summer. (Epping Forest Guardian 1110 BST)

Le Mans forward Gervinho has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a move to Arsenal. (Sportinglife.com 1109 BST)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill and club owner Randy Lerner have opened talks with Gareth Barry over his future at the club. (Aston Villa's website 1058 BST)

According to reports in Portugal Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has refused the chance to become Benfica's new boss. (setanta.com 1029 BST)

Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has admitted he would love to play alongside his brother Kolo in the Premier League at Arsenal. (TEAMtalk.com 0928 BST)

Manchester United's hopes of signing Wigan winger Antonio Valencia have been boosted after Liverpool reportedly calmed their interest.

Rafa Benitez has cooled his interest in Wigan's 10m-rated Ecuadorian to concentrate his efforts on signing Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. (Manchester Evening News 0924 BST)

Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of an unlikely move to Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News 0919 BST)

Manchester United target Daniel Alves has hinted he could leave Primera Liga outfit Sevilla this summer. (TEAMtalk.com 0902 BST)

Sergio Ramos has insisted that he is going nowhere and wants to retire at Real Madrid, but is flattered by the interest from Milan and Chelsea. (goal.com 0852 BST)

Newcastle United have finally opened contract talks with striker Michael Owen. (Newcastle Journal 0848 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba looks certain to leave the club this summer, with either AC or Inter Milan his preferred destination. (The Times/The Sun)

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Nabil Hassan - BBC Sport

However, Chelsea are poised to land Barcelona wonder kid Giovani dos Santos, who has been dubbed the new Ronaldinho. (The Sun)

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is sweating on a new contract, with the Frenchman having only one year left on his current deal. (Sun)

Newcastle striker Michael Owen could turn his back on English football and Japan could be a possible destination. (Daily Star)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has stepped in to try to broker a 15m move for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o. (Star)

Meanwhile, Tottenham could bid for Blackburn winger David Bentley, who would cost about 15m. (Sun)

Spurs are also lining up Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, with Paul Robinson moving in the opposite direction. (Daily Mail)

The White Hart Lane club are also keen on Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who is also valued at 15m. (Daily Express)

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley is hopeful of signing Manchester City captain Richard Dunne for about 6m. (Daily Express)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce looks set to raid his old club for midfielder Olivier Kapo.(Sun)

Former Manchester United striker Alan Smith is wanted by Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate. Smith joined Newcastle for 6m in 2007. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal look to be closing in on 11m-rated Lyon winger Hatem Ben Arfa. (Independent)

Aston Villa are keen on Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes. (Mirror)

Portsmouth are lining up a 5m move for West Brom striker Ishmael Miller. (Mirror)

Tottenham are considering an approach from PSV Eindhoven for left-back Lee Young Pyo. (Times)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane will be given at least 50m to spend in the summer as he attempts to consolidate their place in the Premier League. (Telegraph)

OTHER GOSSIP

West Ham will begin contract negotiations with Dean Ashton in an attempt to keep the highly rated striker at the club. (Times)

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has warned the Gunners to start spending big in the transfer market or risk falling further behind Manchester United and Chelsea. (Mirror)

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged the club not to waste time during the summer but must focus on strengthening the squad. (The Guardian)

But manager Rafa Benitez must first present his spending plans to feuding co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. (Star)

AND FINALLY

Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has given a bizarre reason for handing in a transfer request, claiming that London is too noisy for him to settle down in the city. (Sun)

Newcastle pair Charles N'Zogbia and Abdoulaye Faye had to be pulled apart before their final game of the season against Everton. The pair are said to have rowed over wages. (Sun)

Birmingham midfielder Olivier Kapo showed his generosity by giving his boot boy James McPike a 30,000 car as an end-of-season thank you. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has branded his team-mates complacent and careless ahead of the Champions League final against Manchester United on 21 May. (Various)




see also
Tuesday's gossip column
13 May 08 |  Gossip
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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