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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Jussi Jaaskelainen's agent confirms that the keeper is in talks with Bolton regarding a new contract. (setanta.com, 1654 BST)

Brazilian club Cruzeiro expect Tottenham to make a bid upwards of 6m for Bolivia striker Marcelo Moreno. (Press Association, 1425 BST)

AC Milan are preparing a 30m bid for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. (Corriere dello Sport, 1409 BST)

Barcelona have struck personal terms with Manchester United defender Gerard Pique. (El Mundo Deportivo 1337 BST)

Norwich and Derby have joined Coventry and Crystal Palace in a four-way tug-of-war for Wolves striker Freddy Eastwood. (Express and Star, 1129 BST)

Scott Carson is unsure if he will return to Aston Villa next season after his loan spell from Liverpool finished. (Birmingham Mail, 1113 BST)

Mark Hughes is adamant David Bentley will still be a Blackburn player next season. (Lancashire Telegraph, 1044 BST)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has called for Spain team-mate David Villa to join him at Arsenal. (Epping Forest Guardian, 1025 BST)

Valencia defender Marco Caneira has admitted he could be tempted into leaving the club after Aston Villa were linked with a move for the player. (skysports.com, 1012 BST)

Portuguese giants Benfica have said that they have given up trying to lure Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson to Lisbon. (AFP, 1004 BST)

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie calls newspaper reports suggesting manager Harry Redknapp may quit as: "An unbelievable load of rubbish, complete and utter make believe." (The Portsmouth News, 0944 BST)

Barcelona will offer AC Milan a package of Ronaldinho, Deco and 16m in return for midfield star Kaka. (Italian sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport, 0834 BST).

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Barcelona will offer Arsenal their defender Carles Puyol in a bid to land midfielder Cesc Fabregas. (Daily Star)

Aston Villa will consider a bid of 10m and Peter Crouch for midfielder Gareth Barry. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are lining up a 10m move for Chelsea winger Florent Malouda. (The Sun)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is considering a 5m bid for Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell. (The Guardian)

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Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin is wanted by German outfit Bayer Leverkusen. (The Sun)

Chelsea misfit Andriy Shevchenko is a target for Turkish side Fenerbache. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa are the latest club to be linked to a move for Blackburn winger David Bentley. (Daily Express)

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is hopeful of securing a 5m move to Sunderland following a loan spell with the Black Cats. (Daily Express)

Charles N'Zogbia's bust-up with team-mate Abdoulaye Faye has thrown his future at Newcastle into doubt. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham have moved a step closer to signing Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni after the Spanish club themselves signed Cristian Alvarez. (Daily Express)

Sheffield United hope to hijack Robert Earnshaw's 2.5m move to Nottingham Forest. (The Sun)

Following their relegation to the Championship, Reading could lose Stephen Hunt, Nicky Shorey, Kevin Doyle and James Harper. (The Sun)

Aston Villa are hopeful of signing free-agent Stephen Carr who was released by Newcastle last week. (Daily Mail)

Villa have also been linked with Brazilian playmaker Diego and German international Bernd Schneider. (The Guardian)

West Ham look set to land Palermo midfielder Mark Bresciano for 4m. (Daily Mail)

Paris St Germain's 6m-rated striker Amara Diane has spoken of his desire to join Newcastle. (The Sun)

Derby manager Paul Jewell is hoping to make Plymouth right-back Paul Connolly his second new signing. (The Independent)

Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra has confirmed that he will be at the club next season, ending speculation of a possible summer transfer. (Daily Express)

Cardiff City are hopeful of re-signing Sunderland striker Michael Chopra who they sold to the Premier League club last season. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough are set to step up their efforts to sign Sheffield United striker James Beattie. (The Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he may quit football after Saturday's FA Cup final. (Various)

Didier Drogba personally spoke to Lyon and AC Milan about transfers away from Stamford Bridge earlier in his Chelsea career. (Daily Express)

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League. (Daily Express)

Michael Laudrup is in line to take over from Sven-Goran Eriksson, should the Manchester City manager leave the club. (The Sun)

Newcastle are in talks with former England under-21 boss Peter Taylor about a coaching role at the club. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Chelsea manager Avram Grant has accused referee Steve Bennett of handing the title to Manchester United. (Various)

Lord Coe has called for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to coach the Great Britain football team at the 2012 London Olympics. "I would love to see Alex coach the team," Lord Coe said. (Daily Telegraph)

Proud Welshman Mike Price will net 58,000 if Cardiff City win the FA Cup on Saturday. Price placed a double bet of 25 on Wales to win the Grand Slam (28/1) and the Bluebirds to win the FA Cup (80/1).




see also
Wednesday's gossip column
14 May 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
13 May 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
12 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
13 May 08 |  Gossip


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