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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Frank Lampard is keen to join Inter Milan, according to the Italian club's director Gabriele Oriali. (Mediaset TV, 2233 BST)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has said he is interested in signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane but has ruled out a move for Valencia's Spanish striker David Villa. (www.liverpoolfc.tv, 1447 BST)

Tottenham are closing in on the signings of Espanyol forward Luis Garcia and Blackburn midfielder David Bentley (BBC Sport, 1357 BST)
Tottenham target forward Garcia

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb has agreed a four-year-deal with Barcelona and is set to sign for 15m. (The Sun)

The Gunners are also poised to lose Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva to Greek side Panathinaikos. (Various)

But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will use the cash to complete a 11.5m deal for Marseille's Samir Nasri. (The Sun)

Arsenal are thought to have bid 19m for Andrei Arshavin but his club Zenit St Petersburg want 24m. But his agent hopes a deal can be struck. (Star)

606: DEBATE

The Gunners are also interested in 22-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who is rated at 8m by his club River Plate. (The Sun)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has personally blocked Inter Milan's attempts to buy midfielder Frank Lampard. (Various)

But Inter president Massimo Moratti will seek personal talks with Abramovich in the hope of ending the stalemate. (The Sun)

Lampard himself has told friends he is determined to leave Chelsea and says it is time for him to go. (Daily Express)

The Blues may need a replacement Didier Drogba, who insists he still wants to leave Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)

But Chelsea have been told by Real Madrid that it will cost 30m to sign Brazil forward Robinho. (Daily Star)

Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni has rejected a 4.5m move to Tottenham because the London club wanted a clause in his contract preventing him playing in the Africa Cup of Nations. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are interested in signing Valencia's Spanish international winger David Silva. (The Sun)

Reds manager Rafael Benitez has turned his attention to Silva after baulking at Valencia's 32m valuation of striker David Villa. (The Sun)

Benitez's transfer plans have taken a further knock after Juventus hinted they will not pay 15m for midfielder Xabi Alonso. That could affect Liverpool's chances of raising the cash to sign Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. (The Sun)

West Ham are set to miss out on Lazio's Switzerland international midfielder Valon Behrami, who instead wants to join Werder Bremen. (The Sun)

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is ready to offload a whole team of players - plus five substitutes. Sixteen players, including Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda, could be sold as Spurs look to raise 15m to sign Blackburn's David Bentley. (The Sun)

Sunderland have failed with a 4.5m bid for West Ham left-back George McCartney bur are set to return with an improved offer for their former player. (Star)

Andy Johnson is ready to tell Everton he wants to quit. Wigan's 10m bid for the striker will lead to a transfer scramble. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are closing in on Udinese's Swiss midfielder Gokham Inler after reaching the 5m buy-out clause in his contract. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn are interested in signing 6m-rated Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo. (Daily Mirror)

Ex-Chelsea full-back Celestine Babayaro is training with Portsmouth. (Various)

Fulham are poised to complete a 6m deal for West Ham striker Bobby Zamora on Thursday. (Various)

The Cottagers also want Birmingham full-back Stephen Kelly. (The Sun)

Ipswich are poised to sign Southampton midfielder Rudi Skacel for 1m. But they have ended their interest in Preston keeper Andy Lonergan. (Star)

Cardiff are closing in on a 1.5m deal for unsettled Charlton striker Marcus Bent. (The Sun)

The Bluebirds are chasing Crystal Palace winger Mark Kennedy. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley are lining up a club record bid for Manchester United winger Chris Eagles. (Daily Star)

Swindon have opened talks with defender Sol Davis about a possible return six years after he left for Luton. (Daily Star)

Hamburg left-back Tomothee Atouba's mooted move to Celtic hinges on Gordon Strachan's willingness to pay 2m for the Cameroon international plus wages of around 30,000-a-week. (Scottish Daily Express)

Algerian international Nadir Belhadj has sent a 'sign me' plea to Celtic boss Gordon Strachan after his countryman, Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani, sold the Lens wing-back on Parkhead. (Scottish Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has told Manchester United they should let winger Cristiano Ronaldo join Real Madrid. (Various)

Manchester United look to have lost another Portuguese in the form of assistant boss Carlos Queiroz, who took over as Portugal manager on Wednesday evening. (Daily Star)

Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has voiced his concerns that the club could be out of the title race by March. The Frenchman is worried that there could be a player exodus from the Emirates and believes that will damage the Gunners. (Various)

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate insists he can lead the club into the Champions League. (The Sun)

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has ordered his foreign stars to get fit quick in order to stave off another post-Christmas slump for the club. Hughes is putting them all through a gruelling boot camp in Germany. (Daily Star)

Reading boss Steve Coppell will tell Ibrahima Sonko he does have a future at the club. The defender refused to play in a reserve game last season, but Coppell insists the episode is now forgotten. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY

England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been signed up as the face of fish oil tablets in the United States. A spokesman admitted: "This new deal is a bit less glamorous than David is used to." (Daily Star)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has splashed out 250m on the world's most expensive house. The Russian billionaire paid the record price for a hilltop villa overlooking the French Riviera. (Daily Star)




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


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