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Thursday's gossip column

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Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is travelling to Uzbekistan to talk to the country's leading club, with Kuruvchi reportedly ready to put together a $40m deal. "I'm planning to return to Barcelona and starting from Saturday, I will consider all my options, including the one from Kuruvchi," said Eto'o. (Reuters, 1827 BST)

Portsmouth have rejected a bid of 12m from Monaco for Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar. (AFP. 1825)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said the club are trying to sign one more player ahead of the new Premier League season. United have been heavily linked with Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov and Ferguson said: "We have made a bid for one player who would enhance us a great deal." (Press Association, 1527 BST)

Andrei Arshavin has said he will leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer and, with a move to Barcelona looking unlikely, the 27-year-old Russian has not ruled out a move to London. He has also distanced himself with reports linking him with Real Madrid. (AFP, 1126 BST)

The agent of former Manchester United and Bolton midfielder Quinton Fortune has said Portsmouth, Ipswich and Blackburn are all interested in signing the South African. (Sky Sports, 1119 BST)

Barcelona's dialogue with Arsenal over Emmanuel Adebayor appears "broken" so the Catalan giants are turning their attention to Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov. (Marca, 1045 BST)

Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster wants to sign Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburg. (Marca, 1043 BST)

Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to sign Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips for Portsmouth. (Sky Sports, 1039 BST)

Newcastle target Pablo Aimar is poised to complete move from Real Zaragoza to Benfica, subject to a medical, after the two clubs agreed a fee. (Real Zaragoza and Benfica official websites, 1030 BST)


Real Madrid and Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder has said the Spanish champions do not need Cristiano Ronaldo as he will "disrupt" the squad. He also accused the Portuguese winger of going missing in big games and said his wages will cause a dressing room revolt at the Bernabeu. (Various)

Frank Lampard will be allowed to leave Chelsea if Inter Milan stump up 20m for the England midfielder. (Daily Star)

Inter boss Jose Mourinho has said he is prepared to wait until the final day of the transfer window to secure Lampard's signature. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are edging closer to signing Robbie Keane and will submit an improved bid for the Tottenham striker after making him their top priority ahead of signing Gareth Barry. (Various)

Newcastle and Everton are battling for Tottenham full-back Pascal Chimbonda who will cost about 4m. (The Sun)

Claude Makelele will be the first high profile name to leave Chelsea this summer as he eyes a move to Paris St Germain. (The Sun)

Sevilla winger Diego Capel has admitted he would consider leaving the Spanish club to join Tottenham who have been linked with a 12.5m bid for 20-year-old. (Various)

Newcastle have missed out on signing Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar, who has opted to join Benfica. (Various)

Magpies boss Kevin Keegan has also had a 3m bid for Blackburn full-back Stephen Warnock rejected. (The Times)

Keegan will now turn his attentions to Steaua Bucharest's 2.5m-rated full-back Dorin Goian. (Daily Star)

Cameroon midfielder Stephane M'Bia is set to become Everton's first signing of the summer in a 4m deal from Rennes. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan have completed a 1m loan deal for Egyptian striker Amr Zaki with a view to a permanent move. (Daily Mail)

Latics manager Steve Bruce has also lodged a 3m bid for Middlesbrough midfielder Lee Cattermole. (Daily Mail)

Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel has been linked with a move to Manchester City. (The Times)

Blackburn have taken Red Star Belgrade and Ecuador midfielder Segundo Castillo on trial and he may feature on the club's tour to Germany. (Daily Mirror)

Rovers boss Paul Ince is also keen to take Keith Andrews, his captain while at MK Dons, to Ewood Park. (Daily Mirror)

Ince has made a late bid to hijack Scott Carson's move to Stoke as Brad Friedel looks set to complete a move to Aston Villa. (Daily Mail)

Robbie Savage's Derby career looks to be over after just six months at Pride Park as Paul Jewell looks to get the Welshman off the wage bill. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are ready to spend 3.5m to land Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young. (The Sun)

Rangers have rebuffed a last-ditch attempt by Danny Shittu to revive his 1.5m move from Watford. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian striker Abdessalam Benjelloun is a target for Belgian clubs Anderlecht and Westerlo. (Daily Record)

Birmingham are in talks with Derby County for Scotland midfielder Stephen Pearson. (The Times)

Wolves have made a 1.75m bid for Sheffield Wednesday defender Mark Beevers. (Daily Mirror)

Luton Town, who will start life in League Two with a 30-point deduction, have put their entire playing staff up for sale. (Daily Mirror)


England manager Fabio Capello has said he aims to meet all Premier League managers for a post-match drink in order to build good relationships. (Daily Express)

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes insists the 25m the club planned to spend on Ronaldinho will not go to waste. (Daily Star)

The Premier League has appointed the Metropolitan Police's Commander charged with reducing violent crime, Barry Norman. His job will be to deflect youngsters into sport and football and away from knife, gun and gang crime. (Daily Express)


Manchester City are turning to feng shui in a bid to help them become successful on the pitch. Magic crystals have been buried under the Eastlands turf and reception areas, offices and the club shop have been filled with lucky fortune trees, three-legged monkey toads and buddhas. (Daily Mirror)

A group of Man City fans who hired a trawler to take them to watch their side's Uefa Cup qualifying game in the Faroe Islands had to abandon their trip due to stormy seas. After an eight-hour drive to Aberdeen, followed by an overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands, the group were forced to turn around as the eight-foot Atlantic waves got the better of them. (Various)

West Ham's players are said to be angry after being forced to fly economy class in two separate planes for a friendly in Canada against MLS team Columbus Crew. The MLS had told West Ham they would be flown business class but the travel firm they were using went bust. (The Sun)

Portsmouth have been granted permission for a new 15m training ground - as long as they help pay for the upkeep of local badgers. (Daily Star)

see also
Wednesday's gossip column
16 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
15 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
14 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
17 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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