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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is close to agreeing a new contract following the intervention of owner Mike Ashley. (Press Association 1507 BST)

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is reported to be lining up a move for Tottenham’s £5m-rated goalkeeper Paul Robinson. (Birmingham Mail 1227 BST)

Wesley Sneijder has ruled out a move to Manchester United as part of the deal that brings Ronaldo to Real Madrid, saying he wants to stay at the Bernebeu. (mirror.co.uk 1128 BST)

Barcelona have made the capture of Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor their top priority. (Marca 1008 BST)

Tottenham are preparing to bid £20m for Valencia striker David Villa. (Marca 0919 BST)

CRISTIANO RONALDO LATEST

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has already seen the personal terms of his Real Madrid contract. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid hope to announce the signing of Ronaldo on 7 July. (Daily Mirror)

New Blackburn boss Paul Ince has slammed Ronaldo for 'souring' United's success of last season. (Various)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Harry Redknapp says he won't be held to ransom by Liverpool in his pursuit of striker Peter Crouch. (Daily Star)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan is hoping to sign Switzerland striker Eren Derdiyok from FC Basel for £6m. (Daily Mirror)

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan

Sunderland could launch a bid for Sheffield United's £5m-rated striker James Beattie (Daily Mirror)

Lukas Podolski has asked Bayern Munich if he has a future at the club. Tottenham are said to be interested in the striker. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough have tabled a £3.5m bid for Reading midfielder James Harper. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have identified Real Mallorca striker Daniel Guiza as a replacement for Barcelona target Emmanuel Adebayor. (Daily Mail)

Mallorca themselves are keen on Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes. (Daily Mail)

Bordeaux have conceded defeat in their attempts to sign Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre. (The Independent)

Tottenham are closing in on PSV Eindhoven keeper Heurelho Gomes. (The Independent)

Chelsea striker Ben Sahar is set to join Portsmouth on loan. (The Times)

Derby will launch a £500,000 raid on Cardiff for defender Darren Purse. (The Mirror)

Highly rated Chelsea midfielder Jimmy Smith could join Sheffield Wednesday on loan. (The Mirror)

Wigan forward Antoine Sibierski has been told he can leave the club on a free transfer. (The Sun)

Stoke are closing in on Jamaican midfielder Rudolph Austin who is currently at Portmore United. (Daily Express)

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray is closing in on a £5m double deal for Newcastle's Shola Ameobi and Swansea's Ferrie Bodde. (Daily Express)

Bolton hope to secure the record signing of Toulouse's Johan Elmander before the end of the week. (Daily Mirror)

Paul Ince has warned interested clubs that striker Roque Santa Cruz is not for sale. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth are preparing a bid for Reading defender Nicky Shorey. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers have accepted a £300,000 offer from Norwich for midfielder Alan Gow. (Daily Star)

Lazio and Lecce are trying to pinch Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras from under the nose of Celtic. (Daily Record)

Rangers are not prepared to meet Fulham's £4m asking price for midfielder Steven Davis. (Scottish Sun)

Malmo have cleared the way for ex-Rangers forward Jonathan Johansson to leave Sweden and join Hibernian. (Scottish Sun)

Darlington and Oldham are interested in Hibs striker Clayton Donaldson. (Scottish Sun)

Huddersfield may win the race for out-of-contract Dundee United midfielder Mark Kerr. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has not ruled out replacing Luis Felipe Scolari as Portugal's national boss. (The Independent)

AND FINALLY

The Premier League will have its youngest referee with 25-year-old Stuart Attwell set to take charge of games next season. (Daily Mail)

Work has finally begun on Liverpool's new stadium in Stanley Park. (The Times)
Liverpool start work on stadium

Germany keeper Jens Lehmann says he would 'give his life' to reach the final of Euro 2008. (The Sun)
Lehmann still to decide on future




see also
Tuesday's gossip column
24 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
23 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
23 Jun 08 |  Gossip


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