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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Manchester City are in pole position to sign Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito, who is available for 8m. (Manchester Evening News, 1456 BST)

Arsenal have entered the race to sign Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon according to his agent. Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus have also been linked with a move for the midfielder. (Press Association, 1342 BST)

Slavia Prague's Marek Suchy has admitted he is keen to play abroad, with Rangers in the hunt for the 20-year-old defender. (Sport newspaper 1235 BST)

Zenit St Petersburg have confirmed Barcelona have made a formal approach for Russia midfielder Andrei Arshavin. (Setanta Sports, 1006 BST)

Lilian Thuram is expected to join Paris St Germain from Barcelona after agreeing a one-year deal with the French club. (L'Equipe, 1001 BST)

CRISTIANO RONALDO LATEST

Ronaldo has told Manchester United that he will return to pre-season training after his holiday. (The Sun)

Manchester United chief executive David Gill and Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon will come face to face when they meet in Nyon, Switzerland on 7 July when the new European Club Association is convened. (Various)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal are lining up a move for Liverpool striker Peter Crouch as a replacement for Barcelona target Emmanuel Adebayor. (Daily Mirror)

606: DEBATE
Crouch is also a target for Tottenham who want to sign the England striker along with team-mate Yossi Benayoun for a combined fee of 15m. (Daily Mail)

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is also watching Germany striker Mario Gomez and Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror)

A deal to bring Adebayor to AC Milan is "70-80%" likely according to Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito. (Various)

However, the Gunners striker will stay at the Emirates Stadium if Arsenal treble his wages to 120,000. (The Sun)

Tottenham will offer Blackburn Aaron Lennon in a 15m player-plus-cash offer for midfielder David Bentley. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan are planning an 8m move for Everton striker Andrew Johnson. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland have already made a 10m offer for the England striker. (Daily Mail)

Reading striker Dave Kitson is a 2.5m target for Fulham. (Various)

Harry Redknapp is preparing a 3m deal to bring Reading left-back Nicky Shorey to Portsmouth. (Daily Mirror)

Pompey have agreed a 1.2m deal to sign 18-year-old Strasbourg midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. (Various)

Wigan are close to signing Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas, who is the current South American Player of the Year. (Various)

Stoke are set to complete the 2m signing of Tottenham defender Anthony Gardner. (The Sun)

Luton midfielder David Bell could be on his way to Reading for 400,000 as a replacement for James Harper, who is set to join Middlesbrough for 3.5m. (Daily Mirror)

Nottingham Forest will offer 1.5m to Bolton for striker Heidar Helguson. (Daily Star)

Ipswich are hoping to sign goalkeeper Richard Wright from West Ham, a player they sold to Arsenal in 2001. (Various)

Hearts caretaker manager Stephen Frail has been told his services are no longer required. (Various)

Celtic are weighing up a move for Montenegrin international striker Radomir Dalovic. (Scottish Sun)

Burnley are set to sign up Norwegian left-back Christian Kalvenes, who was with Dundee United last season. (Various)

Livingston say captain James McPake is not for sale after a failed bid from St Mirren. (Daily Record)

FA Cup finalists Cardiff City are chasing Dutch midfielder Remco van der Schaaf, 29, from Vitesse Arnhem. (South Wales Echo)

Swansea City are close to signing 24-year-old Argentine defender Fede Bessone, who was on loan at Gimnastic de Tarragona last season, from Espanyol. (Western Mail)

Welsh international midfielder Gavin Williams is set to sign for Bristol City from Championship rivals Ipswich Town in a 100,000 deal. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sacked Chelsea boss Avram Grant has been offered the coaching job of the Georgian national side. (Daily Mail)

Hearts caretaker manager Steve Frail's future is in the balance after he was banned from pre-season training. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Southampton defender Claus Lundekvam is paying 100,000 of his own money to re-lay the pitch at the St Mary's Stadium in time for his testimonial. The pitch needs replacing after the stadium hosted a Bon Jovi concert. (Various)

LA Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham wants to launch a range of healthy eating products, including water. (Daily Mirror)

Russia's players have been promised two gorgeous girls for every goal they score against Spain in tonight's Euro 2008 semi-final by socialite Pyotr Listerman. (The Sun)

New Blackburn boss Paul Ince has said his first trip to West Ham as manager is the game of the season for him. (Various)





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


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