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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

Arsenal winger Alex Hleb has played down suggestions of a rift with boss Arsene Wenger but still looks set to leave the club. ( 1536 BST)

Ajax insist they have not had any contact from Manchester United or Arsenal about Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. (PA Sport 1324 BST)

Zenit St Petersburg say no English clubs have tabled bids for Russian star Andrei Arshavin. (PA Sport 1311 BST)


Arsenal winger Alex Hleb says he has fallen out with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and would like to play for Barcelona next season. (Daily Mirror)

Inter Milan are prepared to pay up to 8m to sign Frank Lampard from Chelsea (Daily Mirror), 9m (The Sun) or 11m. (The Independent)

Chelsea insist they have not received an offer for Lampard and expect him to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)

New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari wants Lampard to stay and the England midfielder is also looking for a new deal with the Blues but is yet to be offered a new contract. (The Independent)

Scolari will allow Andriy Shevchenko, Florent Malouda, Claudio Pizarro, Steve Sidwell and Carlo Cudicini to leave Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are lining up a 5m move for Sidwell. (Daily Mirror)

But Sidwell is on the verge of a 5m move to Aston Villa to replace Liverpool-bound Gareth Barry. (Daily Star, The Times)

Martin O'Neill is considering accepting Liverpool's 15m bid for Barry now that Steve Finnan has been offered in addition in a part-exchange deal. (The Times)

Chelsea are demanding 24m for want-away striker Didier Drogba but are yet to receive any offers. (The Independent)

Fenerbahce's Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos, 35, claims Chelsea want to sign him. (Daily Star)

Blackburn are willing to sell England winger David Bentley but have told Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa that their asking price is 17m. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have offered an assortment of players, including striker Darren Bent, goalkeeper Paul Robinson and defender Anthony Gardner, in part-exchange for Bentley. (The Guardian)

Russian star Andrei Arshavin will cost any club wishing to sign him from Zenit St Petersburg a total of 41.5m in transfer fees and wages. (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid are still chasing Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo even though the Portuguese winger is out injured for the next six weeks. (The Sun)

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says United should be "proud" to let Ronaldo join them in what he says could be the "transfer of the century". (Daily Mirror)

Birmingham will sell Olivier Kapo to Wigan to fund a 3.5m move for Reading striker Dave Kitson. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa are lining up a season-long loan deal for Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster but are also eyeing Tottenham's Paul Robinson and United States international Brad Guzan. (The Sun)

Crewe are demanding 2m for striker Nicky Maynard after rejecting bids from Bristol City and Ipswich. (Daily Mirror)

Everton boss David Moyes hopes to persuade Manchester United to sell him Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher. (The Sun)

Sunderland are hoping to hijack Hull City's 2m bid for Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng. (The Sun)

Hull have agreed a 1m fee for Boateng but face competition from Celtic and Fulham. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland, Celtic and Rangers are all in the race to sign Watford centre-back Danny Shittu. (Daily Star)

Wigan are willing to pay up to 10m to sign Everton striker Andrew Johnson. (The Sun)

Sunderland are also closing in on a deal for Johnson after indicating they are prepared to match the Toffees' 10m asking price. (Daily Mail)

Auxerre defender Gabriel Tamas is keen on a 3.5m switch to Celtic after being transfer-listed by his French side. (Daily Record)

Crystal Palace have dropped their interest in Hearts striker Christian Nade after the Jambos rejected a 300,000 offer. (Daily Record)

Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje is poised to join Turkish side Galatasaray. (Daily Mail)

West Brom are lining up a 2.5m bid for Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi and also want 3m-rated Bolton defender Abdoulaye Meite. (The Sun)

Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi says he will turn down a move to Liverpool to fight for his place at Craven Cottage. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is keen on Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul. (Daily Telegraph)

Redknapp is also chasing Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, Reading defender Nicky Shorey and Lens left-back Nadir Belhadj. (The Guardian)

Linfield have rejected Kilmarnock's latest offer for striker Peter Thompson. (Daily Record)

Aston Villa are considering signing midfielder Steed Malbranque, who will be allowed to leave Tottenham, as well as Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek. (The Times)

Want-away Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde will join up with his team-mates on their pre-season tour of Sweden, despite saying he wants to join Derby County. (Western Mail)

Spartak Moscow have attempted to head off interest from Celtic by offering their 4million-rated Austrian defender Martin Stranzl a new three-year deal. (Various)


Arsenal have told Emmanuel Adebayor that they will pay him 3m per year to sign a new contract - less than half the money he is demanding. (The Sun)

New Newcastle chairman Derek Llambias insists the club's owner Mike Ashley has no plans to sell the Magpies. (The Independent)

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill could miss the start of the season with the broken metatarsal that ruled him out of the end of last campaign. (Daily Star)

Hearts' majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov has unveiled plans to increase his holding in the club from 81.5% to 95.1%. (Daily Record)

Motherwell have turned down a 300,000 offer to rename their Fir Park ground after a radio station. (Daily Record)

Bob Malcolm has turned down offers from England and will sign a 12-month deal with Motherwell this week. (Various)

Aberdeen's Alan Maybury could have blown his chance to stay at Pittodrie by delaying his decision on a new deal. (Sun)

Ex-England striker Robbie Fowler will head to Dubai to finish his career, after one final season with Cardiff City. (Western Mail)


Aston Villa had their training session disrupted by two giant Rottweilers on Monday. The dogs had escaped from a nearby farm and the club called a dog warden to collect them. (Daily Mirror)

New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was intrigued when he walked into the dressing room at the club's training ground on his first day in charge and found a game of darts going on - he had only ever seen the game being played on TV before. (The Sun)

Crystal Palace winger Ashley-Paul Robinson has been forced to apologise after posting details of a proposed move to Fulham on his Facebook page. (The Guardian)

see also
Monday's gossip column
07 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
07 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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