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Sunday's gossip column

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Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko could join Sampdoria on-loan for next season if the Italian side can agree on the Ukrainian's wages. (Sky Sports, 1508 BST)

Real Madrid striker Robinho has said he does want to be used in a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu and has said he his happy in Spain, ruling out a move to the Premier League. (, 1345 BST)


Frank Lampard will sign a pre-contract agreement with Inter Milan on 1 January in a deal worth 160,000-a-week. (News of the World)

But the Italian side have not given up hope of securing Lampard's signature before the start of the new season and have offered Brazilian striker Adriano in a part exchange deal worth 15m. (The Observer)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to lose 16m to keep Lampard at Stamford Bridge next season. The Blues will lose out on a 10m transfer fee and will pay his 6.1m-a-year wages. (News of the World)

Manchester City have still not given up hope of signing Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho on a 200,000-a-week deal. (News of the World)

Manchester United have struck a 24m deal with Tottenham for striker Dimitar Berbatov but the transfer is on hold until the north London club can find a replacement. (News of the World)

Spurs have already rejected a 20m bid for the Bulgarian striker but would sell for 25m. (Various)

Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz has been lined up to replace Berbatov at White Hart Lane. (News of the World)

Tottenham have launched a bid to hijack Barcelona's move for Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin and will offer Zenit St Petersburg 18m for the player. (Mail on Sunday)

Spurs are also considering a move for Spartak Moscow's Roman Pavlyuchenko and Espanyol striker Luis Garcia. (Mail on Sunday)

Blackburn have targeted Valencia winger Joaquin as a replacement for David Bentley and will pay 16m for the Spanish international. (The People)

The bitter war of words between Liverpool and Aston Villa threatens to destroy Gareth Barry's move to Anfield. (News of the World)

Barry is also interesting Arsenal and the Gunners could hijack Liverpool's bid to sign the England midfielder. (Sunday Express)

Portsmouth midfielder Nico Kranjcar is another Arsene Wenger target and would cost the club in the region of 15m. (Sunday Express)

Sulley Muntari could also be on his way out of Fratton Park with Juventus keen to sign the midfielder for 12m. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are lining up a 10m bid for Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins if Emmanuel Adebayor leaves the club to join AC Milan. (Sunday Express)

Luiz Felipe Scolari is lining up Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho as a replacement for Lampard. (The People)

David Beckham is the latest person to come out and advise Cristiano Ronaldo that he should join Real Madrid. (News of the World)

Fulham have emerged as favourites to sign Everton striker Andrew Johnson for 10m after having a 5m bid rejected. (Various)

However, West Ham have bid 11m for the striker and look likely to beat Wigan and Fulham to his signature. (News of the World)

Portsmouth are hoping to complete a 10m deal for Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Sunday Telegraph)

Reading left-back Nicky Shorey has also been linked with a move to Pompey. (Sunday Telegraph)

Jermaine Pennant has been told he can leave Liverpool and Blackburn are ready to bid 3m for the winger. (The People)

Sunderland have made an approach for Tottenham's 4m-rated midfielder Steed Malbranque. (News of the World)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants to sign Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Freidel, despite agreeing a 2m deal to sign fellow American keeper Brad Guzan. (The People)

Manchester City will bid 1.6m to tempt West Ham full-back Lucas Neill to Eastlands. (News of the World)

City are also close to agreeing a 5m deal to sign Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim. (Sunday Telegraph)

David Moyes is hoping to persuade Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva to join Everton, even though the Brazilian is close to agreeing a move to Greek side Panathinaikos. (The People)

Michael Owen has been offered a new four-year deal worth 16m to stay at Newcastle. (The People)

Newcastle have offered a trial to 22-year-old Metz defender Sebastien Bassong who is also a target for Everton. (News of the World)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has bid 9m for Monaco playmaker Jeremy Menez but the French club are holding out for 12m. (News of the World)

Newcastle midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has said it would be a dream to play for Arsenal. (Sunday Telegraph)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants to sign Espanyol winger Alvert Riera who was on-loan at Manchester City two years ago. (Sunday Mirror)

Stoke look favourites to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson for 4m. (Sunday Mirror)

Celtic's Lee Naylor looks set to join Sunderland after Roy Keane had a 2m bid accepted by the Scottish club. (News of the World)

Fulham midfielder Lee Cook, who has not played for the club since his move from QPR because of injury, is a target for Wolves and Sheffield United. (News of the World)

The Cottagers are planning a 4m bid for Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara after failing to land him on loan. (Various)

Everton have taken Sporting Lisbon's Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic on trial with a view to signing him on loan. (The Sunday Times)

Slovakia left-back Marek Cech is close to signing for West Brom from Porto. (The People)

Stoke are close to signing Jamaican midfielder Rudolph Austin from Portmore for 1m. (News of the World)

New Blackburn boss Paul Ince wants to sign Wolves defender Kevin Foley and will pay 1.5m for his services. (News of the World)

Cardiff boss David Jones is hoping to sign Bolton striker Heidar Helguson on loan (The People)

Watford defender Danny Shittu is close to completing a 1.5m move to Rangers. (The Observer/Scotland on Sunday)

Coventry midfielder Jay Tabb is being tracked by QPR and Reading. (The People)

Doncaster are keen to sign Darren Byfield who has been released by Bristol City. (News of the World)

Winger Michael Barnes is on trial at Bristol City after he was released by Man Utd. (News of the World)

Celtic hope to sign Le Mans defender Marko Basa this week - if the French club agree to drop their 7.5m asking price. (Sunday Mail)

New Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo is keen to keep captain Christophe Berra and winger Andrew Driver at Tynecastle, with both players having been linked with moves away from Edinburgh. (News of the World/Sunday Mail)

Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras is expected to complete a 2m move to Celtic by the end of next week. (Sunday Mail)


Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson has pulled out of planned showdown talks with Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon and will instead push ahead with plans to sign Dimitar Berbatov. (Mail on Sunday)

QPR manager Iain Dowie will get sacked, even if he guides the club to Promotion. Dowie has agreed a 1m pay-off if the west London club reach the Premier League as billionaire owners Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone would want a high profile manager. (The People)

Ferguson is targeting Tottenham coach Gus Poyet as his new assistant manager after Carlos Queiroz left the club to take over as the new manager of Portugal. (The People)

New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted he was scared when he arrived at the club's training ground for the first time. (News of the World)

Everton manager David Moyes has started talks on a new contract at Goodison Park thought to be worth around 3m-a-year. (News of the World)

Uefa president Michel Platini wants to ban all transfers involving players under 18 years of age to stop Premier League clubs poaching players from academies. (Various)

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd is close to finalising a 20m takeover of Spanish side Real Mallorca. (Sunday Mirror)


Wayne Rooney and new wife Colleen have upset family and friends by scrapping plans for a second wedding in the UK after getting married in Italy last month. (News of the World)

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has proposed to his girlfriend Olalla and the pair will wed next summer. (News of the World)

see also
Saturday's gossip column
12 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
11 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
12 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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