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Saturday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon and Manchester United chief executive David Gill will hold talks in Switzerland next week over Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. (Spanish sports daily AS)

Roma left-back Vitorino Gabriel Antunes has welcomed the prospect of a move to Celtic, insisting: 'If something happens that allows me to come to Glasgow I would be playing for a massive club in the Champions League. (Daily Record)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Celtic are ready to slug it out with Rangers for Watford's 2m-rated Nigerian defender Danny Shittu. (The Scottish Sun)

England striker Peter Crouch will move to Portsmouth after the south coast club relented over his valuation and had a 10m bid accepted by Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth expect to complete an 11m deal for Crouch on Monday. (The Sun)

Crouch will join Pompey for 8.75m. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid are set to offer Manchester United 70m for Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United believe they have won the battle to keep Ronaldo at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona are the favourites to land Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor for about 30m. (The Independent)

606: DEBATE
Zenit St Petersburg have told Chelsea and Barcelona they want 20m for Andrei Arshavin, not the 12m the two clubs have offered. (Daily Express)

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is targeting a move to Arsenal this summer. (The Sun)

Atletico Madrid are poised to move in for Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta. (The Sun)

Manchester City have emerged as favourites to land Turkey's 4m-rated Euro 2008 star Colin Kazam-Richards. (The Sun)

Fulham are expected to launch a 1.5m bid for Sweden defender Fredrik Stoor next week. (The Sun)

Chelsea are set to sell defender Branislav Ivanovic to Juventus. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan is closing in on a 4m deal for Switzerland midfielder Gokhan Inler. (Daily Mirror)

Everton rejected Fulham's 5m bid for Andy Johnson, who is also attracting Wigan boss Steve Bruce. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City's hopes of signing Ronaldinho are fading fast as he is 90% certain of joining AC Milan. (Daily Express)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is set to buy Olivier Kapo from his old club Birmingham in a deal worth 3.5m. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan are close to finalising a deal for Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)

FA Cup hero Kanu is close to agreeing a one-year contract with Portsmouth after going back on his demands for a second year. (Daily Mirror)

Galatasaray are interested in West Ham defender Lucas Neil. (Daily Mail)

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray expects to find out over the weekend whether veteran striker Kevin Phillips will stay with the club or join Birmingham. (The Independent)

West Brom have made an inquiry about Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson. (The Guardian)

Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock is ready to sign goalkeeper Graham Stack, who has been freed by Reading. (Daily Mail)

Hull boss Phil Brown is weighing up a move for Manchester City reject Emile Mpenza. (Daily Mirror)

Brown is also keen on Plymouth winger Peter Halmosi and Manchester City midfielder Geovanni. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is trying to push through a 1.5m deal for Ipswich striker Jon Walters. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn have attempted to sabotage Steven Davis' move to Rangers by tabling a 3m bid for the Fulham midfielder (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United have been contacted by several leading European clubs, including Barcelona, to make a stand against Real Madrid and resist selling Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid's players will revolt in protest if the club signs Ronaldo, saying his arrival could have a negative impact on team spirit. (Daily Express).

AND FINALLY

Notts County midfielder Neil MacKenzie is currently proving a hit on Channel 4 quiz show Countdown. The 32-year-old midfielder is currently unbeaten in five episodes after being encouraged to enter by his mother, who is a regular viewer of the show. (BBC Sport Website)
MacKenzie claims TV quiz honours




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


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