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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

France keeper Gregory Coupet, who has been linked to a move to Tottenham, has said Saturday's game against Paris St Germain will be his last for Olympique Lyon. (OL-TV 2045 BST)

Real Madrid forward Robinho claims Chelsea have made an offer - believed to be 35 million Euros (about 28m) - to take him to Stamford Bridge. (Brazil's TV Globo, 1920 BST)

Manchester United defender Gerard Pique claims a deal to take him back to Barcelona is at "an advanced stage". (fcbarcelona.cat, 1923)

Udinese coach Pasquale Marino expects Liverpool to conclude a deal for the Serie A club's 8m-rated full-back Andrea Dossena. (Radio Kiss Kiss, 1738)

Tottenham assistant manager Gustavo Poyet claims his club have "no interest" in signing Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o. (Ona FM, 1455)

Alexander Hleb's representative Uli Ferber calls it a "great honour" that the Arsenal midfielder is being touted as a possible target of Spanish giants Real Madrid. (AS, 1305)

Barcelona full-back Gianluca Zambrotta should seal a move to AC Milan if the Spanish club's 7m valuation of the Italian international is met. (tribalfootball.com, 1155)

Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura will stay on with Scottish Premier League champions despite claims that he would return to his old J-League side Yokohama Marinos next season, and reported interest from Everton. (AFP and Kyodo News, 1105)

France striker Thierry Henry has admitted that the prospect of retiring from international soccer after next month's Euro 2008 tournament has crossed his mind. (L'Equipe, 1005)

Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka has voiced his discontent at being used as a winger by coach Avram Grant and insists he must play centre forward next season. "I didn't come here to play on the right or on the left," he said. (L'Equipe, 1000)

Real Madrid and Barcelona are eyeing 8m-rated Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabricio Coloccini. (Marca, 0920)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Juande Ramos is set to bring Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet to Tottenham for 2.5m. (The Sun)

Bolton boss Gary Megson is battling Aston Villa to sign Spurs keeper Paul Robinson in a 5m deal. (Daily Star)

Chelsea could sign Barcelona's talented Mexican teenager Giovani Dos Santos in a swap deal for 14m-rated Florent Malouda. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre will sign for Bordeaux on a four-year deal. (Daily Telegraph)

CSKA Moscow's Brazilian striker Jo has arrived in England and is expected to complete a move to Manchester City despite reported interest from Everton. (Daily Mail)

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is hoping to sign Udinese left-back Andrea Dossena. (The Times)

Thomas Ince, 16-year-old son of ex-England star and MK Dons manager Paul Ince, has signed for Liverpool. (Daily Star)

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton has lined up a raid on Nottingham Forest for Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan, while Forest striker Grant Holt is set to join Bristol Rovers for 100,000. (Daily Star)

Manchester City hope to finance a 12m deal for Zenit St Petersburg's Andrei Arshavin by selling defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Ireland, with Roy Keane's Sunderland leading the chase. (Daily Mirror)

Everton have inquired about signing Maik Taylor, the Birmingham City and Northern Ireland goalkeeper, as a reliable understudy to number one Tim Howard. (The Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea have decided to sell striker Didier Drogba, with the club's patience snapping with the petulant star after he was sent off in the Champions League final. (Daily Mail)

Carlos Vela has been given the green light to play for Arsenal. The 19-year-old Mexican striker has completed a three-year spell in Spain he needed to acquire a work permit. (The Sun)

John Terry has furiously denied spitting at Carlos Tevez during Wednesday evening's Champions League final. (Daily Star)

Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are set to leave Ninian Park before next season, according to Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale. (Daily Telegraph)

Chris Mort is to stand down as Newcastle chairman with current deputy Derek Llambias set to replace him. (Various)

Portsmouth trio Sean Davis, Lauren, and Milan Baros could be on their way out of Fratton Park after it was revealed that none of them turned up for the FA Cup winners' parade through the town on Sunday. (Independent)

Falkirk manager John Hughes has said he would welcome Pedro Moutinho back to the club despite the Portuguese forward rejected the offer a of a two-year-deal to head back to his homeland. (Daily Record)

Raith Rovers have resolved their goalkeeping problems with the capture of Morton's David McGurn. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Bristol City's Brazilian goalkeeper Adriano Basso only came to England because his girlfriend ordered him to. "Alessandra was studying in London and she said 'Unless you come to England now and marry me, we are finished'. What choice did I have?". (The Sun)

Simply Red singer and Manchester United fanatic Mick Hucknall was reluctantly dragged away from watching the Champions League final penalty shoot-out by concert organisers at a charity function he was performing at. (Daily Express)




see also
Thursday's gossip column
22 May 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
21 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
23 May 08 |  Gossip


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