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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says Chelsea's Frank Lampard is his club's "number one" priority this summer. (Corriere dello Sport, 1248 BST)

SCOLARI'S TRANSFER TARGETS

Valencia striker David Villa, who is being targeted by Chelsea, insists he wants to stay in Spain, saying he would reject a big-money move to London in favour of Real Madrid or Barcelona. (Various)

Sports psychologist Regina Brandao expects new Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, who she has worked with for 10 years, to bring her in to work with the players at Stamford Bridge. (The Independent)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Liverpool are poised to table a fourth offer for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry, with the clubs expected to strike a deal this week. (Daily Mirror)

England midfielder David Bentley has opened the door for a 15m transfer after admitting he wants to quit Blackburn - and Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Aston Villa are all keen to sign him. (Various)

606: DEBATE

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he would walk out of Old Trafford if Cristiano Ronaldo is sold without his consent. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has issued a hands-off warning to Liverpool over Stewart Downing, saying the England winger is "not for sale". (Daily Express)

Inter Milan have been linked with a move for Arsenal and Holland striker Robin van Persie, while the Gunners are interested in Real Madrid midfielder Daniel Parejo. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona are preparing a 25m bid for Tottenham's striker Dimitar Berbatov, who wants to leave White Hart Lane this summer. (Various)

Premier League new boys Hull City are set to table a 2m deal for Plymouth's Hungarian winger Peter Halmosi. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley faces a fight with Fulham and Bolton to capture Reading's 3m-rated midfielder James Harper. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has set his sights on Nolberto Solano after the 32-year-old winger was released by West Ham. (Various)

Everton boss David Moyes is thought to be interested in Deportivo La Coruna striker Riki but may face competition from Bolton. (The Independent)

Wigan will have to come up with 5.5m if they want to land Rennes centre-back John Mensah, who is also attracting interest from Blackburn, Portsmouth and West Ham. (The Sun)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is ready to break the club's transfer record to bring in Celtic winger Aiden McGeady. (The Independent)

Greece striker Stelios Giannakopoulos wants to stay in the Premier League after being handed a free transfer by Bolton. (Various)

Paul Robinson's days at Tottenham could be numbered as Spurs boss Juande Ramos is chasing Manchester City keeper Joe Hart and France stopper Gregory Coupet. (The Independent)

Liverpool have accepted an offer of 4m for John Arne Riise, while negotiations about Xabi Alonso's sale to Juventus are ongoing. (The Guardian)

Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric wants to sign centre-half Darren Moore from Derby - before he signs up a new manager. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers are on the trail of Monaco left-back Leandro Cufre, while striker Andrius Velicka has flown to Glasgow to complete his move to Ibrox. (Daily Record)

Burnley will talk with Celtic and Wolves next week over Kyle Lafferty, according to a spokesman close to the player. (Sporting Life website)

France and Barcelona defender Lillian Thuram says both Old Firm clubs are vying for his signature. (Daily Express)

Rangers are expressing interest in Argentina and Monaco left-back Leandro Cufre. (Daily Record).

Dundee United will not allow midfielder Morgaro Gomis leave amid speculation Rangers are poised to move for the former Cowdenbeath player. (Daily Mail)

Davie Hay has returned to Livingston for his second spell after being confirmed a consultant at Almondvale. (Daily Mail)

Poland coach Leo Beenhakker has defended goalkeeper Artur Boruc following reports the Celtic stopper damaged a dressing room after the 1-1 draw with Austria. (Various)

Artmedia Bratislava coach Vladimir Weiss says Hearts have offered him the vacant manager's position at Tynecastle. (Daily Mail)

Stranraer have signed Stephen McConalogue after the striker was released by Cowdenbeath. (Daily Express)

Unsettled Celtic midfielder Thomas Gravesen will be offered 1m to quit the club. (The Sun)

Rangers are no nearer completing the signing of Fulham midfielder Steven Davis. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

England are locked in a head-to-head battle with Russia to stage the 2018 World Cup, with Fifa president Sepp Blatter saying he wants the competition to return to Europe. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

Poland coach Leo Beenhakker has suggested Croatia boss Slaven Bilic should ask his own mother-in-law to play in the Euro 2008 Group B encounter between the two sides because he reckons that is the only way his team can beat Bilic's men on Monday. (Various)

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is doing a spot of summer sightseeing with wife Alex Curran and the couple took some holiday snaps outside the Miami mansion of Gianni Versace - the same house where the fashion designer was shot in 1997. (The Sun)

Among the Euro 2008 memorabilia available on eBay is a limited edition original hand painting of former England boss Steve McClaren. (The Daily Telegraph)




see also
Sunday's gossip column
15 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
13 Jun 08 |  Gossip


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