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Friday's gossip column

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Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti claims Frank Lampard has given his "approval" to join the Italian champions if they agree a fee with Chelsea. (, 1535 BST)

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul "wouldn't join Sunderland even if there was an earthquake", according to his agent. (AFP news agency, 1342 BST)

Dutch clubs Feyenoord and Heerenveen want to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul. (De Telegraaf, 1230 BST)

Real Madrid are set to reject offers for Brazil star Robinho from Barcelona and Chelsea. (El Mundo Deportivo, 1210 BST)


Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has met United winger Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in almost two months in a bid to stop the player joining Real Madrid. (The Guardian)

Barcelona are poised to make a 24m bid for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov after missing out on Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have rejected Barcelona's offer of a swap deal involving Samuel Eto'o and Blues forward Didier Drogba. (The Sun)

Liverpool will sell Andrei Voronin to a German club for around 3m to help finance the signing of Gareth Barry from Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)

Reading striker Dave Kitson is set to complete a 5m move to Stoke. (The Sun, Daily Mirror)

England goalkeeper Scott Carson will join West Brom from Liverpool after rejecting a move to Stoke. (Daily Mirror, Daily Star)

Sunderland are closing in on the signing of Croatia striker Mladen Petric from Borussia Dortmund for around 5m. (The Sun)

Wigan plan to make Everton an improved offer for Andrew Johnson after having a 9m bid for the England striker rejected. (The Guardian)

Niko Kranjar will stay at Portsmouth after snubbing a 12m move to Monaco. (The Sun)

Pompey rejected Monaco's offer for the Croatia midfielder. (The Independent)

Portsmouth defender Noe Pamarot has snubbed a move to Hull City. (Daily Mail)

Slavia Prague defender Marek Suchy says he is interested in a move to Ibrox. (The Sun)

Auxerre defender Gabriel Tamas says he expects to join Celtic by the end of the week. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle and Everton are locked in a 4m tug of war for Tottenham's Pascal Chimbonda. (The Sun)

Newcastle are looking at other targets after losing out to Benfica in the race to sign Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar from Real Zaragoza. (The Independent)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince hopes to pull off the 3.5m signing of Chilean midfielder Carlos Villanueva from Audax Italiano. (Daily Mirror)

Russian star Andrei Arshavin is worried his dream move to Barcelona from Zenit St Petersburg is on the brink of collapse. (The Sun)

Frank Lampard has told Inter Milan he will look elsewhere if his move to the Italian club from Chelsea is not completed soon. (Daily Mirror)

Leeds are set to sign Wolves' Jay Bothroyd in a 300,000 deal. (Daily Star)

Sheffield Wednesday have rejected a 1.75m bid from Wolves for defender Mark Beevers. (Daily Star)

Newcastle have had a 2m bid for England left-back Stephen Warnock rejected by Blackburn. (Daily Mirror)

Plymouth are keen to sign Crystal Palace striker Shefki Kuqi. (Daily Star)

Rangers boss Walter Smith will offer Daniel Cousin to Cardiff in exchange for the Bluebirds' Dutch defender Glenn Loovens. (Daily Record)

Ipswich want to sign former Manchester United wide man Quinton Fortune. (Daily Express)

Claude Makelele will be the first big-name player to leave Chelsea under new boss Phil Scolari. (The Sun)

Sebastian Larsson will demand showdown talks with Birmingham City chairman David Gold to engineer a move away from St Andrews. (The Sun)


Goalkeeper Robert Green has revealed he feels "completely under-valued" at West Ham and is now considering his future at the club. (The Sun, Daily Mail)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has told chairman Niall Quinn he wants money to spend on top players. (Daily Mirror)

Owen Hargreaves' long-term fitness is worrying Manchester United after the England midfielder pulled out of a pre-season trip to South Africa with a knee problem. (Various)

Kyle Lafferty and Steven Smith have been added to Rangers manager Walter Smith's growing injury list ahead of the Champions League qualifiers. (Daily Express)


Cristiano Ronaldo hobbled into a nightclub on crutches and partied with stars including Paris Hilton. (The Sun, Daily Mirror)

West Ham stars are fuming at their tour from hell after a travel firm went bust. The Hammers squad are being flown economy class to their pre-season matches in Canada in two separate planes after being led to believe they were flying business class. (The Sun)

see also
Thursday's gossip column
17 Jul 08 |  Gossip
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
16 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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