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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Cardiff will come back with an improved offer for Rangers striker Kris Boyd and are willing to go to 3.5m for their number one striking target. (Evening Times, 1600 BST)

Portugal and Barcelona midfielder Deco says he wants more time to consider a potential move to Chelsea. "I know about the interest of Chelsea as well as other teams," he said. "But I still have to make a decision. I have to speak to Barcelona and soon there will be developments." (Press Association, 1423 BST)

Spain striker David Villa continues to rule out a move from Valencia, saying: "I never thought about leaving before (Euro 2008) and I'm not thinking about it now." (Valencia's Radio 9, 1335 BST)

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has indicated that he could be leaving Bayern Munich this summer, which will interest the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, Cologne and Juventus. (Bild, 1154 BST)

Juventus general manager Jean-Claude Blanc says he is still confident of signing Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso despite the Anfield club wanting a higher transfer fee. (Sky Italia, 1021 BST)

Ronaldo fuels speculation about a move to Real Madrid by saying: "Everyone knows what I want - in the next two or three days you'll have something new." (various Spanish newspapers)

Manchester United release a terse statement regarding the Ronaldo transfer saga. "United are not listening to offers," it says. (Manchester United website, 1016 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United winger Ronaldo has talked up his chances of joining Real Madrid this summer after saying that "the possibilities" of a transfer were "great". (Various)

Inter Milan are to bid 6.6m for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard within the next 48 hours. (The Sun)

Arsenal could attempt to sign Russia's Andrei Arshavin as a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor, should the Togo striker move to Barcelona or AC Milan. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal are back in the hunt for Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins but are refusing to pay the 15m asking price. (The Sun)

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez wants Spain midfielder David Silva, who is currently playing for cash-strapped Valencia. (Daily Mirror)

606: DEBATE

Arsenal left back Gael Clichy is the latest Gunners player that could leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Roma leading the chase. (The Sun)

Aston Villa are lining up a 6m bid for West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand, who has been made available for transfer by the London club. (Various)

Birmingham are chasing the Czech Republic's 6ft 7in striker Jan Koller. (Daily Mirror, The Sun)

Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart says he will not consider a move to Manchester or Chelsea until his country's Euro 2008 campaign is over. (The Sun)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane is considering a move for French midfielder Peter Luccin, who could be released by relegated Real Zaragoza. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is wanted by West Brom and could leave the Magpies for around 2m. (Various)

Chelsea and France midfielder Claude Makelele is close to signing for Paris Saint-Germain. (The Times)

Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov, who snapped cruciate ligaments eight minutes into his club debut last August, is wanted by Torino. (Daily Star)

Deportivo centre half Fabricio Coloccini is a target for Newcastle and West Ham. (The Sun)

Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been told he can leave Stamford Bridge, with Portsmouth favourite to secure his signature. (The Independent)

Middlesbrough have had an approach for Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliot rejected. (Daily Star)

Harry Kewell is set to join John Arne Riise at Roma following his release from by Liverpool. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham have agreed a 4m deal for Fiorentina attacking midfielder Mario Santana. (The Sun)

Hull have had their 750,000 bid for Derby striker Craig Fagan accepted. (Various)

Brazilian club Portuguesa have turned down an offer from Arsenal for their 21-year-old forward Diogo Luis Santo. (The Times)

Hearts managerial target Vladimir Weiss wants to wait to see how discussions over the Slovakia manager's job go before deciding his future. (Various)

Cardiff have made a 2.5m offer for Rangers striker Kris Boyd. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Despite many reports stating that MK Dons boss Paul Ince is the favourite to replace Mark Hughes at Blackburn, the club hope to appoint former Barcelona player Michael Laudrup this weekend. (Daily Telegraph)

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic, who has led his side to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008, says pampered players from wealthier nations are too far away from the fans and have lost their focus. (Various)

Former England manager Steve McClaren is set to be named as the new coach of Dutch club FC Twente. (The Times)

Manchester United will be relieved this morning after hearing that their Brazilian midfielder Anderson escaped serious injury while playing for his country against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier. (Various)

American billionaire Stan Kroenke is in advanced talks with Arsenal bosses about putting him in control of the club. (The Independent)

AND FINALLY

Switzerland's railway staff will now wear yellow vests instead of orange ones after Dutch fans followed a worker onto the tracks as they thought he was a football fan. (Daily Telegraph)

French coach Raymond Domenech knows exactly why his side failed so miserably at Euro 2008. It was the team's hotel. "The layout of the hotel was all wrong," he said. "It was in a kind of cul-de-sac with only one route in and out. Plus, there were no proper directives from the Swiss about gatherings of people watching us eat." (Daily Express)




see also
Thursday's gossip column
19 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
18 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
17 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
17 Jun 08 |  Gossip


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