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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Reggina are keen to sign Manchester City outcast Bernardo Corradi, according to the striker's agent Moreno Roggi. (Radio Kiss Kiss 2139 BST)

Tottenham are being linked with Real Mallorca winger Juan Arango, who has admitted he wants to move to England this summer. (Clubcall, 1515 BST)

Liverpool are expected to complete the 3m signing of Palmeiras goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri after sources in Brazil confirmed the player completed his medical on Tuesday and a work permit has been acquired. (Press Association, 1121 BST)

Birmingham have signed veteran striker Kevin Phillips on a free transfer from West Brom. (Various, 1107 BST)

Portsmouth are expected to tie up the signing of Peter Crouch from Liverpool in the next two days after the Liverpool striker agreed personal terms with the club. (BBC Sport, 1025 BST)

Former QPR, Leicester and Plymouth manager Ian Holloway is in the running to take over the vacant coaching post at Scottish Premier League side Hearts. (Scottish Daily Express)


Frank Lampard is furious Luiz Felipe Scolari said at his unveiling as Chelsea boss that the England midfielder would be staying at the club. (Various)

Lampard looks to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has refused to sanction the new five-year deal the midfielder is demanding. (The Sun)

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has boasted to Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal that Cristiano Ronaldo has already signed for the Spanish club. (Various)

AC Milan claim Arsenal have written to them to discuss selling Emmanuel Adebayor, but the fee could still be a stumbling point as the Gunners want 35m for the striker. (The Sun)

Manchester United and Arsenal target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has ruled out signing a new contract with Ajax as the Amsterdam club want to include a 20m release clause in the new deal. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has demanded 17m plus defender Steve Finnan for Gareth Barry and wants the money to be paid in two instalments over two years. (Daily Mirror)

O'Neill will use the money from the Barry sale to buy Portugal right-back Miguel from Valencia for 11m. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are tracking Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito as David Moyes considers potential replacements for wantaway striker Andy Johnson. (Various)

Wigan are confident of capturing Johnson, who is believed to be unwilling to uproot his family from the north west, for a club record fee of about 11m. (Daily Telegraph)

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has admitted he is resigned to losing Kevin Phillips after the striker rejected Albion's final offer of a new one-year contract. (Various)

Villa and Blackburn are on alert after talks to increase goalkeeper Robert Green's salary at West Ham stalled on Tuesday night. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United will allow Chris Eagles to leave Old Trafford as Burnley boss Owen Coyle wants to sign the midfielder in a 1m-plus deal. (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich are closing in on Greece striker Angelos Charisteas after agreeing a 2.25m fee with the striker's club Nuremburg. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is trying to do a cut-price 6m deal for Real Zaragoza's Argentine forward Pablo Aimar. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn manager Paul Ince hopes to land Birmingham's Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson, 23, as a 4.5m replacement for wantaway winger David Bentley. (Various)

Arsenal and Tottenham will battle it out to sign Real Madrid's 15m-rated midfielder Ruben de la Red. (The Sun)

Stoke and Hull are ready to pay Portsmouth 3m for their striker David Nugent. (The Sun)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce will offer Kevin Kilbane to Birmingham City in a player-plus-cash deal for midfielder Olivier Kapo. (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester striker DJ Campbell is a 1.5m target for Championship rivals Watford and Cardiff with Charlton also waiting in the wings. (Daily Star)

Charlton are set to sell Madjid Bougherra to Real Betis after the Spanish side offered 2.3m for the Algeria defender. (The Times)

West Brom want to sign West Ham and Wales defender James Collins on loan. (Daily Star)

Aberdeen have opened talks with Darlington as they target striker Tommy Wright. (Press & Journal)

Rangers are expected to sign Watford defender Danny Shittu before the weekend. (Daily Express)

Hamilton Accies are lining up a loan deal for Reading teenager Tom Hateley - son of former Rangers and AC Milan striker Mark. (Daily Record)


Luiz Felipe Scolari claimed he would have become England coach two years ago had the Football Association been willing to wait until after Portugal were eliminated from the 2006 World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool No2 Pako Ayesteran is a candidate to become Alex Ferguson's new assistant manager at Manchester United, while Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc is also in the frame. (The Sun)

Phil Brown is in line for a 100% pay rise at Hull after the Tigers offered him a new three-year deal worth an annual 500,000. (Daily Mirror)

Paul Ince's transfer kitty has received a 3m boost after Jack Walker's family, who still own the club, renewed their backing. (Daily Mirror)

Billionaire businessman Peter Cullum is in talks with Norwich owner Delia Smith to buy the club for 20m. (Daily Star)

The former Sunderland and Manchester City manager Peter Reid is to be appointed the new coach of Thailand at the end of July on a four-year deal, according to reports in Bangkok. (The Guardian)

Blackburn Rovers could be the next Premier League club to come under American ownership after a consortium from the United States registered its interest in buying the club. (The Times)


Middlesbrough striker Mido is determined to make his critics eat their words. The striker has lost two stone thanks to a gruelling summer fitness regime in a bid to be in tip-top shape for the start of the new season. (Various)

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

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