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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Nottingham Forest striker Junior Agogo has completed a 565,000 move to Egyptian top-flight side El Zamalek. ( 2228 BST)

The agent of Barcelona star Ronaldinho, Roberto de Assis says he is 90% certain the Brazilian will secure a transfer to AC Milan. (Telelombardia 2210 BST)

Liverpool are set to rekindle plans to sign Espanyol winger Albert Riera. (Clubcall, 1430 BST)

Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is on the verge of agreeing a four-year deal with Portugal. (AFP)

Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov may stay at the club for one more season in return for Spurs lowering his 30m price tag. (Daily Mail online, 1300 BST)

Striker Kevin Phillips is set to leave West Brom to join Midlands rivals Birmingham. (Express & Star)


Barcelona are set to increase their offer for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor. (The Guardian)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is leading the chase for Russia and Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin. (The Sun)

But Arshavin is actually on his way to Chelsea, who have had a bid accepted by Zenit and the player is now London-bound to hold personal talks. (Daily Mirror)


Chelsea have offered Frank Lampard 140,000 a week to try to persuade the midfielder to reject Inter Milan's advances and sign a new deal. (Daily Express)

It's a typically busy summer at Stamford Bridge with the club's board being told to sell striker Didier Drogba by new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. (The Sun)

Scolari also wants to offer Florent Malouda to Barcelona as part of a deal to sign striker Samuel Eto'o from the Nou Camp outfit. (The Sun)

Fulham have stepped up their interest in signing Reading's Dave Kitson after striker Diomansy Kamara's long-term injury setback. (The Sun)

Switzerland forward Hakin Yakin is also in the frame to join Fulham and could again link up with Craven Cottage boss Roy Hodgson after they previously worked together at Grasshoppers. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth will make a final 10m bid for Liverpool striker Peter Crouch. (Daily Mirror)

After missing out on midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, Pompey have now switched their attention to luring Shaun Wright-Phillips from Chelsea. (Daily Star)

Premier League new boys Hull want to take striker Georgios Samaras on loan from Manchester City for the season. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn midfielder David Bentley still wants to leave the club after new boss Paul Ince failed to convince him to stay. (Daily Mirror)

Ince also faces a tough task keeping hold of giant centre-back Christopher Samba, who is a target for Manchester City boss Mark Hughes. (Daily Star)

Bolton are waiting on an answer as they attempt to sign midfielder Simon Vukcevic from Sporting Lisbon. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have offered assistant manager Carlos Queiroz a pay rise to turn down the job of Portugal national team coach. (Various)

But Queiroz is inclined to accept the post in a move which could damage United's hopes of keeping Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo. (Various)

Ronaldo's possible switch to Real Madrid could be scuppered if he needs to undergo ankle surgery. (Various)

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says Tottenham striker Robbie Keane would benefit from joining Liverpool. (Various)

Sunderland's desire to sign Spurs striker Darren Bent are not as advanced as believed with the clubs wide apart in their valuation of the player. (The Independent)

Celtic defender Bobo Balde has turned down a move to newly-promoted Premier League side Hull City. (Daily Mail)

Cardiff City are lining up a 2.5m bid for Rangers striker Daniel Cousin. (Daily Mail/The Sun)

Aston Villa midfielder Shaun Maloney could be set for a return to former club Celtic. (Various)

However, Celtic's Old Firm rivals Rangers and Sunderland are also keen on securing Maloney's services. (The Sun)

Should Maloney rejoin Celtic, left-back Lee Naylor may head in the opposite direction to join Villa. (Various)

Hamburg left-back Timothee Atouba has expressed interest in a move to Celtic. (Daily Express/Daily Star)

Kenny Milne is set to leave Falkirk with St Mirren and several English clubs expressing interest in the defender. (Various)

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies has ended his interest in free agent Craig Rocastle. (Various)


Manchester City boss Mark Hughes believes he can reignite Ronaldinho's career if the Brazilian star signs for the club. (Various)

Former FBK Kaunas boss Anton Joore wants to become the new manager of Hearts. The Dutchman has previously been in charge of Den Haag. (Daily Star)


Spain and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres sent his English club team-mates, who were not at Euro 2008 after the national team failed to qualify, bottles of Spanish wine as he rubbed in his country's victory at the tournament. (Daily Star)

see also
Wednesday's gossip column
02 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
02 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - June 2008
30 Jun 08 |  Gossip

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