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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Spurs duo Pascal Chimbonda and Teemu Tainio were both heading back to Sunderland on Wednesday afternoon to undergo medicals. (Press Association, 1540 BST)

Real Madrid's German coach Bernd Schuster wants to sign Cameroonian international striker Samuel Eto'o from Barcelona. (AFP, 1349 BST)

Everton deny receiving or accepting a 10.5m bid from Fulham for Andrew Johnson, with chief executive Keith Wyness saying: "Contrary to some media reports, the club can confirm that no offer has been received nor has any deal been agreed for Andrew Johnson with Fulham Football Club." (Everton official website, 1317 BST)

Middlesbrough are considering a revised 3.5m offer from Wigan for 20-year-old midfielder Lee Cattermole. (BBC Sport, 1130 BST)

Everton have accepted a 10.5m bid from Fulham for striker Andrew Johnson. (Liverpool Echo, 1124 BST)

Coventry confirm striker Michael Mifsud is in talks with Championship rivals Bristol City after the clubs agreed a fee for the player. (BBC Sport, 1039 BST)
Mifsud set for Bristol City talks


Robinho and Didier Drogba are poised for a 40m swap between La Liga and the Premier League, with 25m-rated Brazilian forward Robinho moving to Chelsea and Blues striker Drogba on his way to Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

England midfielder Frank Lampard has been offered a record-breaking 39m, five-year deal by Chelsea which will make him Britain's highest-paid footballer. (Various)

Manchester City are considering making a bid for West Ham's Craig Bellamy after Benjani Mwaruwari ruptured a thigh muscle which means the Zimbawean striker will miss the first month of the season. (Independent)

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is set to make a shock bid to bring former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse, now at Marseille, back to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

However, others say Hughes will make a 15m move for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Various)

West Ham, who are also interested in Cisse, have been warned by Marseille they have 10 days to sign the 8m-rated France striker. (Daily Star)

West Ham will on Wednesday complete their first major signing of the summer with the 5m acquisition of versatile Lazio midfielder Valon Behrami. (The Independent)

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is set to shatter his signing record with a 10.75m bid for Everton striker Andrew Johnson. (Various)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan has offered 5m plus Charles N'Zogbia for Celtic winger Aiden McGeady. (The Sun)

Aston Villa have made a late bid to hijack Younes Kaboul's 5m move to Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is to offer Fulham 3m to bring back old favourite Jimmy Bullard to the JJB Stadium. (Daily Mirror)

Paul Ince is poised to make Chile midfielder Carlos Villenueva his first signing as Blackburn boss. (The Sun)

Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop is the subject of a 6m bid by Stoke City. (Daily Express)

Birmingham have told QPR to forget about signing Martin Taylor after assuring the defender he will play a key role in their bid for promotion. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has told Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho that midfielder Sulley Muntari is not for sale. (The Sun)

Celtic are in advanced talks with Auxerre for the Romanian defender Gabriel Tamas, who is available for 3.5m. (The Guardian)

However, Tamas wants 20,000 per week from Celtic, while the Glasgow club have offered 14,000. (The Sun)

Coventry boss Chris Coleman has launched a bid to raid Portsmouth for defender Martin Cranie. (Daily Star)

Cardiff are ready to hijack Leeds' 300,000 move for Wolves outcast Jay Bothroyd. (Daily Star)

Coventry striker Michael Mifsud has asked for a transfer, with Crystal Palace, Norwich and Bristol City all showing interest. (Daily Mail)

Celtic are poised to move for Le Mans's Serbian defender Marko Basa after his price dropped by 3m to 4.5m. (Various)

Rangers assistant boss Ally McCoist travelled to Portugal to watch Ibrox target Glenn Loovens in Cardiff City's 2-1 win over Vitoria Guimaraes in the Algarve Cup (Western Mail)

But Rangers have been told by Cardiff City they must up their bid for defender Loovens. (Various)

Dundee United are considering an increased bid of 600,000 from Reading for striker Noel Hunt. (Daily Record/Sun)

Hassan Wasswa's agent says the Uganda defender will be signing for Cape Town Ajax rather than Hearts. (Various)

Norwich City are poised to persuade Celtic's John Kennedy to head to Carrow Road on loan instead of Motherwell. (Various)

Peru winger Nolberto Solano is in talks to join Los Angeles Galaxy after being released by West Ham. (The Times)


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has taunted new Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari by telling him he has no chance of matching Jose Mourinho's efforts at the Stamford Bridge helm. (Daily Mirror)
Ferguson doubts Chelsea challenge

Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has been trying to persuade Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo to join the Spanish club after the pair became friends while holidaying on the Italian island of Capri. (The Sun)

Midfielder Gareth Barry, who has been targeted by Liverpool, was relentlessly booed by Aston Villa fans as he pulled on their colours for what is likely to be the last time in a friendly win against League One side Walsall. (Various)
Villa fans jeer unsettled Barry

Arsenal defender Kolo Toure is a doubt for the start of the Premier League campaign after he contracted Malaria while at home in the Ivory Coast. (The Sun)

Gunners striker Eduardo has suffered a setback from the double leg break he sustained in February, ruling him out of the first two months of the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Goalkeeper Shay Given has reminded Newcastle United's board that Kevin Keegan's side requires significant strengthening. (The Guardian)

Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura could require surgery on a groin problem. (Daily Record)

Hearts say there have been no talks with Uganda coach Jackson Mayanja about becoming assistant to Csaba Laszlo. (The Scotsman)

Macedonia have switched the kick-off of their World Cup qualifier against Scotland to 3pm - when temperatures could reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (Daily Express)


New San Jose Earthquakes signing Darren Huckerby's dinner might have been with the dog when he returned from an interview on American TV.

When asked: "Do you have a famous girlfriend - anybody we can help promote?" The former Norwich and Coventry striker replied: "I am married but is a bit late for her - she is too old." (Daily Mail)

see also
Tuesday's gossip column
22 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
21 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
23 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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