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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman has revealed former England head coach Steve McClaren has asked for a "guided tour" of the Eredivisie club. He insisted no discussions had taken place regarding the club's coaching vacancy. (Press Association, 1553 BST)

Tottenham are being linked with Nice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Sevilla winger Diego Capel. AC Milan and Lyon are also interested in the 21-year-old Lloris, with the Italians in pole position to sign the Frenchman. (Press Association, 1551 BST)

Manchester City are still pursuing Barcelona's Ronaldinho and will make a decision by 15 June, according to Thaksin Shinawatra's advisor Pairoj Piempongsant. (Reuters, 1337 BST)

Piempongsant has also revealed that Sven-Goran Eriksson's future at the club will be decided by the same date. (Reuters, 1337 BST)

Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has said the club are cautiously optimistic of reaching an agreement with Liverpool to sign Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso. (Press Association, 1320 BST)

Barcelona are also interested in signing Gunners striker Emmanuel Adebayor, but will move for Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov if they fail in their bid for the Togo international. (El Mundo Deportivo, 1317)

Arsenal's Alexander Hleb is set to join Barcelona after having talks with the Spanish club before Belarus' friendly in Germany on Tuesday. (El Mundo Deportivo, 1309)

Bolton's El-Hadji Diouf could be set to leave the Reebok Stadium for Marseille for upwards of 4m, but the Senegal international would prefer to stay in the Premier League. (Manchester Evening News, 1215 BST)

CHELSEA MANAGER LATEST

Roberto Mancini's agent claims the Italian has left Inter Milan amid reports that Jose Mourinho will take over the club. Mancini is one of the favourites to succeed Avram Grant at Stamford Bridge. (Press Association, 0433 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Real Madrid have joined Inter Milan in the race to sign Arsenal's 15m-rated midfielder Alexander Hleb. (Various)

Liverpool hope to complete the signing of Italian full-back Andrea Dossena this week for 6m, but competition from Fiorentina and Juventus could push the price up to 8m. (Various)

606: DEBATE
Peter Crouch has told Rafa Benitez that he will stay at Anfield to see out the remaining year of his current contract in protest at his 15m price tag. (Daily Star)

Tottenham have won the race to sign Barcelona wonderkid Giovani Dos Santos and will arrive at White Hart Lane in a 12.5m deal. (Daily Star)

New Hamburg boss Martin Jol has said he will do all he can to keep hold of Chelsea target Rafael van der Vaart. (Daily Mirror)

Sir Alex Ferguson will fly out to Portugal's Euro 2008 training camp in Switzerland to persuade Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton have been told they will need to pay at least 16m for Sporting Lisbon's Miguel Veloso. (The Sun)

Arsenal and Newcastle are tracking 19-year-old Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok. (The Sun)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is also considering a move for Paris St Germain star Clement Chantome. (The Sun)

Roma's Alberto Aquilani, also a target for Arsenal, has opened the door on a move to England by demanding showdown talks with the Serie A club. (Various)

Getafe's Argentine defender Daniel Diaz has said he would welcome a 3m move to Tottenham. (The Sun)

Another Spurs target, Marcelo Moreno, must decide whether to go to White Hart Lane or Shakhtar Donetsk after both clubs had a 4m bid accepted by Cruzerio. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is lining up a 3.5m bid for Newcastle's Charles N'Zogbia. (Daily Mirror)

Bruce is also hoping sign Honduran pair Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa on loan with a view to a permanent deal. (The Sun)

Ghana defender John Mensah could also be on his way to the JJB Stadium and is valued at 7m by his club Rennes. (The Times)

Lyon's French striker Sydney Govou has said he would be interested in a move to Portsmouth. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are lining up 6m-rated Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana to replace Joey Barton at the club. (Daily Star)

Aston Villa are planning up a 2m move for Chareloi striker Mouhamadou Habib as a replacement for Marlon Harewood who is wanted by Stoke, Fulham and Rangers. (Daily Mirror)

Derby will have to go to a tribunal if they want to sign 20-year-old winger Steve Davies from Tranmere. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock wants to sign defender Jose Fonte on a permanent deal after he impressed on loan from Benfica. (The Sun)

Charlton are preparing a bid for Blackpool's Wes Hoolahan, who is being tracked by a host of other Championship clubs. (Daily Express)

Barnsley and Nottingham Forest are battling it out for Derby defender Lewin Nyatanga. (Daily Star)

Sheffield Wednesday want to sign Hamilton Academicals' 500,000 striker Richard Offiong. (Daily Star)

Georgios Samaras is keen to make his loan move from Manchester City to Celtic permanent before he plays for holders Greece at Euro 2008 next month. (The Sun)

French defender Miguel Comminges will complete his move to FA Cup finalists Cardiff City when his Swindon Town contract runs out this summer. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will be sacked on Sunday and will take over as the new manager of the Mexican national side. (The Sun)

The US Soccer Federation have said they would be open to the idea of staging the Community Shield in America. (Various)

Arsenal are bracing themselves for tough contract talks with Cesc Fabregas after it emerged that his new agent is Darren Dein, son of former vice-chairman David Dein. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will take over at Inter Milan after Roberto Mancini was sacked by the Italian champions. (The Sun)

Aston Villa's American chairman Randy Lerner will move to the West Midlands next season and will have a more hands-on role with the club. (The Guardian)

Dundee United manager Craig Levein is top of Vladimir Romanov's wanted list to return to Tynecastle as Hearts manager. (Daily Express)

Massimo Donati's agent wants to talk to Celtic about his client's future after he claimed that the midfielder is wanted by several Serie A clubs in his native Italy. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

According to a recent poll most England football fans will back Italy at this summer's Euro 2008 Championships, followed by Spain and France. (The Sun)

Basketball star Kobe Bryant believes David Beckham is already helping football make its mark in America. (The Sun)

The leader of Liverpool City Council has said there remains a possibility that Liverpool and Everton could share a stadium. (The Guardian)

Relegated Birmingham City are to introduce a singing section at St Andrews next season after fans contacted the club with ideas. A club spokesman said: "One that stood out was having an area of the ground designated for supporters who like a good old sing-song."

St Mirren midfielder Stephen O'Donnell has joked that he will forgive cousin David Clarkson for pulling out of being his best man if the Motherwell striker scores a debut international goal for Scotland. (Daily Record)

James McFadden is likely to stay with Birmingham despite the St Andrews' side's relegation from the Premier League earlier this month. (The Herald)




see also
Chelsea boss - latest gossip
28 May 08 |  Chelsea
Tuesday's gossip column
27 May 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
26 May 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - May 2008
28 May 08 |  Gossip


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