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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Ecuador international midfielder Alejandro Castillo claims he is in talks over a move from Red Star Belgrade to Blackburn. (La Red radio, Ecuador)

Sunderland are understood to have made an enquiry about 27-year-old Romania international defender Dorin Goian. They have been quoted a price of around 3.85m. (Press Association)

Espanyol president Daniel Sanchez Llibre says no bid has been received for striker Luis Garcia, who has been linked with Spurs. (Clubcall, 1410 BST)

Liverpool have accepted an offer for midfielder Danny Guthrie from Newcastle, while the Reds have two offers on the table from top-flight clubs for keeper Scott Carson. (Liverpool Echo, 1215 BST)

Newcastle winger Charles N'Zogbia will have talks about his future with boss Kevin Keegan but is keen on a move to either Arsenal or Tottenham. (France Football, 1115 BST)


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to sign Ajax striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar to replace exit-bound Emmanuel Adebayor. (Daily Star)

AC Milan midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is being used as bait to finance part of the cost of Adebayor. (Daily Express)

Frank Lampard has left Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich stunned by rejecting a 140,000-a-week deal over four years. (Daily Star)

And ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho has stirred things up by claiming Lampard is "the best professional" he has worked with as he tries to lure the midfielder to Inter Milan. (Various)


The Stamford Bridge club are considering making bids for Real Madrid forward Robinho and Valencia striker David Villa. (Independent)

Andrei Arshavin fears he has priced himself out of a move from Zenit St Petersburg after his impressive showing at Euro 2008. (Daily Telegraph)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince is ready to offer ex-Liverpool team-mate Robbie Fowler a deal if the striker, who has been offered a new one-year deal by Cardiff, can prove his fitness. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes and Aston Villa counterpart Martin O'Neill will battle it out to try to sign Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel. (Daily Mail)

West Ham left-back George McCartney says he wants to stay at Upton Park and not rejoin Sunderland. (Various)

Rangers are closing in on Watford centre-back Danny Shittu after having an increased bid accepted by the Hornets. (Various)

Reading have put a 4.5m price tag on midfielder James Harper, who is interesting Bolton and Middlesbrough. (Daily Mirror)

Coventry will rescue striker Freddy Eastwood by ending his unhappy spell at Wolves in a 1m deal. (Various)

Everton are keen on Sporting Lisbon keeper Vladimir Stojkovic as back up for first choice Tim Howard. (Various)

Turkish side Galatasaray want to help West Ham reduce their wage bill by buying Lucas Neill and teaming him up with fellow Australian Harry Kewell. (Daily Mail)

Rangers will intensify efforts to sign Steven Davis from Fulham following news that Barry Ferguson needs an operation. (Various)

Celtic have persuaded Manchester City to knock 1m off their 3m valuation of striker Georgios Samaras. (Daily Mail)

Celtic will today hold talks with the agent for Romania defender Gabriel Tamas. (Daily Mail)

Lecce and Racing Santander are vying with Celtic for the signature of Roma defender Vitorino Gabriel Antunes. (Daily Mail)

Winger Andrew Driver's agent will have talks with Hearts today following interest from Burnley and Sheffield United. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen have made a 100,000 bid for Darlington striker Tommy Wright. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen have missed out on defender Tim Bakens, who has signed for FC Volendam. (Daily Express)

Millwall goalkeeper Lenny Pidgley is to join Motherwell on trial. (the Herald)


England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is shocked that former Manchester United team-mates Paul Ince and Mark Hughes have become managers. (The Sun)

Manchester United coach Mike Phelan is one of the favourites to replace Carlos Queiroz as assistant manager at the club. (Daily Mail)

Uganda coach Laszlo Csaba is expected to be appointed manager of Hearts next week. (The Scotsman)

Poland goalkeeping coach Franz Hoek has advised Artur Boruc to leave Celtic to enhance his career. (Various)


Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon says players look forward to five-a-sides as boss Roy Keane joins in and the squad see it as a "chance to kick the manager". (Daily Mirror)

see also
Thursday's gossip column
10 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
09 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
11 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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