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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Tottenham expect to seal the 17m signing of midfielder David Bentley from Blackburn, with keeper Paul Robinson going the other way. (Daily Mail, 2151 BST)

Striker Roque Santa Cruz has played down reports he is seeking a move away from Blackburn by saying he is happy to continue his career at Ewood Park. (1530 BST, Press Association)

Premier League newcomers Stoke have agreed a 4m fee with Liverpool for goalkeeper Scott Carson. (1438 BST, BBC Sport)

Atletico Madrid have stated they do not want to sell forward and reported Manchester United target Sergio Aguero and that there has been no offer made by any Premier League team. (1215 BST, BBC Sport)

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is in Barcelona to discuss a possible deal to bring Manchester City target Ronaldinho to the San Siro. (1200 BST, BBC Sport)

Zenit St Petersburg are asking for more than 16m for Andrei Arshavin. (1020 BST, BBC Sport)


Tottenham aim to clinch the 17m signing of Blackburn midfielder David Bentley and send goalkeeper Paul Robinson to Ewood Park as part of the deal. (Daily Mirror)

Bentley's move will spark a transfer merry-go-round, with Aston Villa ready to sign veteran Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have put a 25m limit on their pursuit of striker Dimitar Berbatov and told Spurs they can take it or leave it after the Londoners rejected an initial offer of 20m. (Various)

Manchester City are ready to beat AC Milan to the signature of Ronaldinho after making a 22m bid for the Barcelona playmaker on Sunday night. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona will this week offer Samuel Eto'o plus 15m to Arsenal in a final attempt to lure Emmanuel Adebayor to the Nou Camp. (Daily Star)

Winger Alex Hleb will be unveiled by Barcelona on Monday after completing his 15m move from Arsenal. (The Sun)

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez's hopes of signing Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry and Spurs striker Robbie Keane have suffered a setback with the news that midfielder Xabi Alonso looks set to stay on Merseyside. (Various)

Everton have been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Darren Bent, with Fulham emerging as the latest club to be interested in signing Andy Johnson. (The Independent)

The Merseysiders are also interested in Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who would available from French club Lille for about 700,000. (Daily Mirror)

El-Hadji Diouf may still be playing at the Reebok Stadium next season as Bolton have yet to receive any bids for the wantaway Senegal striker and he still has a year left on his Trotters contract. (The Sun)

Reading manager Steve Coppell is ready to sell half his squad, including defender Nicky Shorey and midfielder Stephen Hunt, for the right price. (The Sun)

But James Harper's hopes of making a swift return to the Premier League are in doubt as the Royals are demanding 5.5m for the Middlesbrough and Bolton target because Arsenal would net 40% of the deal for their former midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton boss Gary Megson has rejected West Brom's offer of 1.25m plus Paul Robinson for defender Abdoulaye Meite. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp will make a 6m bid for Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will step up his attempts to sign Hearts defender Christophe Berra this week with a final 1.75m offer. (Daily Star)

But the Championship side could face competition from Feyenoord for the Scotland defender's signature. (The Herald/The Sun)

Celtic may make a move for former Chelsea midfielder Samuele Dalla Bona, who is currently with Napoli. (Various)

Hull City are in talks with Tottenham about signing defender Ricardo Rocha and are also interested in signing Portsmouth defender Djimi Traore. (The Times)

Lille want to sign Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi. (The Times)

Egypt striker Amr Zaki is expected to join Wigan on a season-long loan despite signing a contract extension at El Zamalek until 2012. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle believe they can strike a deal with Real Zaragoza for 7m-rated Argentina midfielder Pablo Aimar. (Daily Mail)

West Ham are lining up a 1m bid for Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander as first choice keeper Robert Green is attracting a number of clubs. (Daily Record/Daily Mirror)

Motherwell are set to clinch loan deals for Celtic pair John Kennedy and Jim O'Brien. (Various)

However, the Fir Park side may face competition for defender Kennedy from Championship clubs while Well boss Mark McGhee is keen to strike a permanent deal for winger O'Brien. (The Sun)

AC Milan have ruled out a move for Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers target Anderson Polga will not be moving to Ibrox after signing a new three-year deal with Sporting Lisbon. (Daily Mirror)


Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Old Trafford has been thrown into further doubt after Manchester United fans demonstrated against the Portugal winger at a reserve friendly match against Burscough at the weekend. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has told Ronaldo he should honour his contract and stay at United. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth fans have handed in a 2,000-name petition to 10 Downing Street calling for manager Harry Redknapp to be awarded a knighthood. (Various)

Everton will hope for good news on their plans to move to a 55,000-seat stadium in Kirkby this week when they will discover whether or not the 400m project will be called in for a public inquiry. (The Times)


England defender Micah Richards has been banned from having a girlfriend by his mum as she thinks that wannabe WAGs are just after the Manchester City player's money. (Daily Star)

see also
Sunday's gossip column
13 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
12 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
14 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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