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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Marseille coach Eric Gerets says the French club would be willing to sell Samir Nasri, who has reportedly been attracting interest from Arsenal, as well ex-Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse if they get favourable offers. (Press Association, 1505 BST)

Jussi Jaaskelainen's agent warns Bolton there are a queue of clubs keen on signing the Finland goalkeeper. (Clubcall, 1517 BST).

AC Milan have made their final offer of 20m for Barcelona's Ronaldinho. Manchester City have offered 24m but the Brazilian only wants to join the Milan giants. (Italian sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport, BST 1105)

Derby midfielder Dave Jones is set to leave for 1m. (Clubcall, 1200 BST)

Barcelona have put Samuel Eto'o up for sale for 30m to finance the purchase of a big name for next season, but the striker does not want to leave. (Spanish sports paper Marca, BST 1100)

South Korea striker Dong Gook Lee is in negotiations with five Japanese teams after being released by Middlesbrough earlier this week. (Press Association, 1055 BST)

Newcastle could be ready to bid for Jonny Evans if the Manchester United prospect becomes available this summer. (The Journal, 1020 BST)

Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre says he would be interested in a move to Bordeaux. (L'Equipe, 0955 BST)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will fly to Barcelona on Sunday to try to sign striker Samuel Eto'o. (Spanish sports paper Marca, 0610 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he may reconsider his future at Old Trafford after the Champions League final. (various)

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho also says that he is unsure whether he will be at the Blues next season. (various)

Dutch side Feyenoord are interested in signing Chelsea centre-back Tal Ben Haim. (Daily Express)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has reassured fans he is not planning to join Real Madrid. (Daily Express)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is eager to sign experienced French defender Lilian Thuram. (Daily Star)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is keen to end Steve Sidwell's Chelsea nightmare by paying 6m for his services. (Daily Mirror)

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson will launch a 2m bid for Leroy Lita if his side win the Championship play-off. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy wants to bring Leicester striker Steve Howard to the club for 1m. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham have made a 5m offer for Manchester City defender Richard Dunne. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill will offer Reading 4m for Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle. (Mirror)

Portsmouth are in talks with Liverpool to bring 15m-rated Peter Crouch to Fratton Park. (The Times)

Cardiff are ready to sell teenage wonderkid Aaron Ramsey for the right price. (Daily Telegraph)

Nottingham Forest may make a 4m bid for Sheffield United striker James Beattie. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool keeper Scott Carson wants his club to lower their 10m price tag for him. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp will pick up 750,000 if he leads the club to FA Cup glory. (Daily Star)

Peter Taylor is being lined up to take over as the director of Newcastle United's academy. (The Guardian)

Liverpool's ownership saga is unlikely to be resolved until next season. (The Guardian)

Arsenal are set to reward Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna with improved contracts. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea boss Avram Grant will be punished by the Football Association for his comments about referee Steve Bennett. (The Sun)

World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane will play in an exhibition match at the Sydney Football Stadium on 1 June, alongside former France team-mates Marcel Desailly and Robert Pires. (AFP)

AND FINALLY

Cardiff's 17-year-old star Aaron Ramsey says playing in the FA Cup final does not scare him, although there is one thing that does.

"I wouldn't like to come that close to tarantulas," he said on his Bebo website profile.




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
15 May 08 |  Gossip


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