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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Russian journalist Stefan Chaushyan says that Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin has agreed personal terms with Chelsea and will sign for the club this week. (BBC Radio 5 Live 2100 BST)

Raymond Domenech's fate as France manager following his team's calamitous showing at Euro 2008 will be determined on Thursday at a high level meeting of the French Football Federation. (AFP, 1500)

Spain striker David Villa insists he is happy to stay at Valencia despite the top-scoring Euro 2008 campaign which turned him one of the summer's top transfer market targets. (AP, 1330)

Germany striker Lukas Podolski, one of the stars of Euro 2008, is set to move from Bayern Munich to Cologne for 15 million euros. (Bild, 1305)

Aston Villa are poised to sign Celtic full-back Lee Naylor as cover for Dutch international Wilfred Bouma. (Birmingham Mail, 1300).

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told new boss Luiz Felipe Scolari that at least one Russian should be at the club.

The Brazilian now faces a choice between signing one or more of the country's Euro 2008 heroes from a choice of Andrei Arshavin, Yuriy Zhirkov, Akinfeyev Akinfeyev and Roman Pavlyuchenko. (Tvoi Den [Russian tabloid], 1300)

Inter boss Jose Mourinho has told President Massimo Moratti he wants to sign Barcelona superstar Xavi, while Manchester United and Liverpool are also considering making a move. (Marca, 1240)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Everton boss David Moyes may swoop for Real Zaragoza's 7m-rated Argentine star Pablo Aimar - once his summer spending budget is finally confirmed. (The Sun)

Inter Milan have privately claimed to have struck a 7m deal for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and say the deal will be officially announced once the England star returns from holiday in Sicily. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are tracking 15m-rated Columbian scoring sensation Falcao as an alternative to Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov. (Daily Mirror)

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Arsenal have signalled their intent to keep hold of striker Emmanuel Adebayor by rejecting a 24m bid from Barcelona. (The Times)

Juventus are ready to raise their offer to 16.5m for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso after missing out on Roma's Alberto Aquilani. (Daily Mail)

Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho has openly admitted he would love to join Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea from Barcelona. "If this opportunity to work with him again comes off it will be beautiful," he said. (The Sun)

Aston Villa see West Ham's Robert Green as their potential new goalkeeper but would have to pay around 6m for his services. (The Guardian)

Robbie Keane's future at White Hart Lane appears more secure after Tottenham discredited reports that the striker had filed a transfer request. Liverpool are interested in the 27-year-old Irishman. (Daily Telegraph)

Watford are set to sign former Leeds full-back Ian Harte from Sunderland. (The Sun)

Bolton boss Gary Megson is ready to offer Joey Barton an escape route from Newcastle by proposing a loan deal for the midfielder. (Daily Mail)

New Blackburn manager Paul Ince is ready to battle Wigan boss Steve Bruce for the signing of 1.5m-rated defender Fredrik Stoor from Rosenborg. (Daily Star)

Liverpool have launched a new bid of 17m for Gareth Barry and told Aston Villa that it is to be their final offer. (The Sun)

Fulham are hesitating over a bid for Josep Simunic as Hertha Berlin are demanding 5.5m for the Croatia defender. (Daily Star)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane is ready to make Darren Bent the highest paid player in the club's history as he prepares to launch a 10m bid for the Tottenham striker. (Various)

Premier League new boys Hull City aim to land midfielder Geovanni, who is a free agent after quitting Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Werder Bremen have confirmed the departure of Portugal Under-21 international Amaury Bischoff, clearing the way for a move to Arsenal. (Daily Express)

St Johnstone are lining up a move for freed Rotherham striker Derek Holmes after the ex-Hearts and Ross County front man impressed at the club's pre-season training camp. (Daily Record)

Midfielder Willo Flood is close to agreeing a permanent move from Cardiff to Dundee United after a successful loan spell at Tannadice last season. (Various)

Celtic midfielder Evander Sno will be given permission to speak to Osasuna, with the Spanish side hoping to tie up a 1.5m deal. (Daily Express/Daily Star)

Kilmarnock have had a 50,000 bid for Linfield striker Peter Thompson turned down. (Daily Express/Daily Star)

Celtic are interested in signing Roma duo Vitorino Antunes and Matteo Brighi. (Daily Mail)

Midfielder Mehdi Taouil is set to sign a new two-year deal at Kilmarnock. The Moroccan spent eight months with the Ayrshire club last season. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Striker Wayne Rooney has warned Premier League rivals he is determined to up his goal tally as Manchester United look to retain their title. (Daily Star)

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is struggling to hold on to his assistant after Carlos Queiroz was offered the chance to become Portugal coach on Tuesday. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY
The population of the village from which Manchester City's Uefa Cup opponents - EB/ Streymur - come from is under 400. And the entire Faroe Islands is made up of just 48,000 people, which is the capacity of the Blues' Eastlands stadium. (Daily Mirror)




see also
Tuesday's gossip column
01 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
30 Jun 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
01 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
30 Jun 08 |  Gossip


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