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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is set to sign for Fulham on a free transfer on a two-year deal. (, 2159 BST)

Arsenal have made an offer for Marseille playmaker Samir Nasri, according to the player's agent Jean-Pierre Bernes (La Provence, 1627 BST)

Tottenham distanced themselves from reports linking the club with a bid for Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o. (Press Association, 1623 BST)

Paris St Germain's teenage forward Gael N'Lundulu could be on his way to Portsmouth, with Harry Redknapp's FA Cup winners reported to have seen off competition from Arsenal, Man City and Everton in the chase to sign the 16-year-old. (Le Parisien, 1550 BST)

Florent Malouda's agent has denied that the Chelsea winger is on the verge of moving to Barcelona after the Catalan press claim that he met with Barca's sporting director Txiki Beguiristain about the France international's future.
(Setanta Sports, 1515 BST)

Manchester City are understood to be lining up a move for Espanyol's right-sided Argentine star Pablo Zabaleta, with his club looking for around 15m. (, 1340 BST)

Cristiano Ronaldo has indicated he wants to join Real Madrid but Manchester United do not want to let him leave. (Marca, 1300 BST)

Liverpool's Xabi Alonso could be on the brink of a 12m move to Juventus. (Press Association, 1300 BST)

Barcelona will reportedly tempt Inter Milan to sell key defender Cristian Chivu by offering the Italian champions their Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o in exchange. (Channel Four - Football Italia, 1025 BST)

Highly-rated Dutch forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar has admitted Ajax will have the final say on whether he moves on this summer. "I am playing in the Dutch squad and the rest is not in my hands," he said. (Setanta Sports News, 0925 BST)

Everton boss David Moyes is being linked with a summer swoop for CSKA Moscow midfielder Dudu, who has been on loan at Valencia. The Brazilian would cost around 8m. (, 0850 BST)


Manchester United have made bids for French youngsters Jeremy Helan and Darnel Situ. Helan is a 15-year-old Rennes left-back, and one of the most sought after teenagers in European football, while French Under-16 captain Situ could also make the switch to Old Trafford from Lens. (Daily Mail)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is ready to sell Dean Ashton and Anton Ferdinand in a bid to fund moves for Everton striker Andrew Johnson and Newcastle defender Steven Taylor. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson wants to bring back old boy Steve Finnan from Liverpool, who are believed to be willing to sell him for 2m. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough and Bolton are back on the trail of Sporting Lisbon striker Simon Vukcevic. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has targeted Real Zaragoza's 10m-rated striker Diego Milito after failing with an audacious bid to land Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o. (Daily Mirror)


Spurs boss Ramos is also keen on Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano from his old club Seville. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has lined up former France goalkeeper and long-serving Bordeaux number one Ulrich Rame to act as cover for Pepe Reina. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are also interested in 20-year-old Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik and Espanyol's 6m-rated winger Albert Riera. (Daily Mail and The Sun)

Manchester City have offered 12m for Zenit St Petersburg striker Andrei Arshavin. (The Sun)

Wigan winger Luis Antonio Valencia will snub interest from Manchester United and Liverpool to stay with the Lancashire club for another season. (Various)

Steve Sidwell will complete his 5m move from Chelsea to Aston Villa before the end of the week. (Various)

Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney is set to leave Cardiff City for League One Millwall.(Various)

League One champions Swansea City are set to swoop for Southend midfielder Mark Gower. (

Rangers are weighing up a summer move for Hearts left-back Lee Wallace. (The Sun)

Oldham Athletic will sign former Gretna goalkeeper Greg Fleming on a three-year deal. (Daily Express)


Manchester City have stepped up their attempt to lure Luiz Felipe Scolari to the club, with another approach to the Brazilian coach, but their 3.2m-a-year offer falls short of the 3.9m Scolari is thought to be holding out for. (Times)

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who retired from playing in 2007 because of injury problems, will be in charge of the club's reserve side next season. (Daily Mirror)

Steve Coppell has taken a 500,000-a-year pay cut to stay on as Reading manager next season as he bids to return the Berkshire club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. (Various)

Edgar Davids will leave Ajax when his contract expires on 30 June, with Dutch and foreign clubs reportedly interested in signing the midfielder. (The Independent)

After resigning as Wycombe manager on Tuesday, Paul Lambert is reported to be in the frame for both the Leicester job, and the Motherwell job - should Mark McGhee leave for Hearts. (Various)


Bristol City are paying for their players to tour Wembley stadium ahead of Saturday's Championship play-off final. "Some of the lads have not been there before so it will get rid of some of the early excitement," said manager Gary Johnson. (Times)

We all know about famous modern managers refusing to speak to television stations because of perceived wrongs in their coverage - but what about Stockport boss Jim Gannon? He, reportedly, is not cooperating with Sky before the club's play-off League Two play-off final against Rochdale because of a nine-month customer relations dispute over his defective Sky box. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will not take a penalty if the Champions League final against Manchester United goes to a shoot-out. Last time he took a spot-kick, which he missed, his mother Aba was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack. (Various)

Manchester United have been kept on British time since they arrived in Moscow for the Champions League final, choosing to ignore the three-hour time difference in the Russian capital. (Daily Mail)

Uefa president Michel Platini has branded Chelsea and Manchester United "unethical" because of their 1bn debt. (The Sun)

see also
Tuesday's gossip column
20 May 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
19 May 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
18 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
19 May 08 |  Gossip

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