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Thursday's gossip column

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Premier League newcomers Hull City are set to sign Tottenham defender Anthony Gardner on loan until the end of January. (BBC Humberside, 1350 BST)
Gardner set for Hull City switch

Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari is expected to complete a 12.7m move to Inter Milan on Thursday. (BBC Sport, 1214 BST) Muntari set for 12.7m Inter move

Blackburn manager Paul Ince will not be making an offer for Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo after running the rule over the South American at the club's pre-season trip in Germany. (Lancashire Telegraph, 1030 BST)


Rangers manager Walter Smith has opened talks with Portsmouth over a possible swoop for their Portugese playmaker Pedro Mendes. (Daily Record)

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee fears Norwich will hijack his bid to lure John Kennedy on loan from Celtic. (Daily Express)

Fulham could be willing to lower their 4m asking price for Northern Irish midfielder Steven Davis as his on-off transfer saga to Rangers continues. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are ready to let striker Dimitar Berbatov join AC Milan for a cut-price 25m to stop the Bulgarian going to Manchester United. (The Sun)

Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel is in limbo over his 2.5m switch to Aston Villa. The American's transfer hinges on Rovers getting the green light to sign Spurs' Paul Robinson. (The Sun)

However, Robinson is closing in on a move to Ewood Park and Blackburn boss Paul Ince expects to be able to announce a deal for the England goalkeeper by the weekend. (The Times)

Emmanuel Adebayor fears he has blown his move to Barcelona as the Spanish club are unimpressed by the Arsenal striker's attitude and will not pay the 37.5m asking price. (The Sun)

Furious Everton boss David Moyes will delay Andy Johnson's 10m move to Fulham until he finds a replacement after the striker pulled out of a pre-season friendly at the last minute. (Daily Star)

But Moyes is already planning to spend the money from the Johnson sale on 20m-rated CSKA striker Vagner Love. (The Sun)

Liverpool and Aston Villa remain at loggerheads over the transfer of Gareth Barry, with Villa boss Martin O'Neill maintaining that he still wants 18m straight cash for the England midfielder. (Daily Express)

Manchester City expect to hold talks with Tal Ben-Haim over the next 48 hours after offering Chelsea a package worth 4m for the Israel defender. (The Times)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is making a 6m move for Celtic's Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate will make a 5m swoop for Reading's James Harper this weekend after selling Lee Cattermole to Wigan. (Various)

Hull have agreed a 2.5m fee with Tottenham for centre-back Anthony Gardner. (Daily Mirror)

The Premier League newcomers are also poised to sign Nigerian international Seyi Olofinjana after agreeing a 2m fee with Wolves for the midfielder. (Daily Star)

And Hull boss Phil Brown has claimed a deal for Wigan striker Marlon King is "almost 90% done". (The Guardian)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince is ready to make a 6m bid for Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, but he may have to increase the bid. (The Sun)

West Ham plan to offer teenage striker Freddie Sears a long-term deal in a bid to stave off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (The Sun)

Nottingham Forest have joined QPR in the race to sign Crystal Palace's 2m midfielder Ben Watson. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom are ready to make an improved bid of 2m for Bolton defender Abdoulaye Meite. (Daily Star)

Wolves are leading the chase to sign freed Celtic defender Bobo Balde. (Daily Record)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has opened the door for Rangers to take England Under-21 midfielder Adam Johnson on loan. (Daily Record)

Premier League new boys West Brom have failed in their bid to sign defender James Collins from West Ham as the Welsh international does not want to leave. (Birmingham Mail)

Daniel Nardiello expects to leave QPR and the Welsh international striker could move to Championship rivals Blackpool. (Blackpool Gazette)


Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has claimed the Premier League champions should grant team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo his wish and let him join Real Madrid. (The Times)

Midfielder Paul Scholes, who has one year remaining on his Manchester United contract, plans to retire in two years' time. (Various)

Real Madrid stars Raul and Guti have said they would welcome Manchester United winger Ronaldo with open arms. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are bracing themselves for another huge increase in player salaries that could take their annual wage bill close to 150m as the recent round of contract renegotiations is set to continue. (The Times)

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has pleaded with Spurs striker Robbie Keane to move to Anfield. (Daily Star)

Manchester United and Portsmouth, who play each other in a friendly in Nigeria on Sunday, must cover up at night and take malaria tablets after Arsenal defender Kolo Toure contracted the disease while in his native Ivory Coast. (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday's proposed takeover has edged a step closer after Wednesdayite, the supporters' group, urged members to vote in favour of selling their shares. (The Times)

Great Britain must field a football team in the London 2012 Games, says the chairman of the British Olympic Association Lord Moynihan. (Daily Express)

Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb says "political differences" are undermining boss Arsene Wenger's plans for the new season. (Daily Telegraph)


Help The Aged has hit out at Sir Alex Ferguson for branding Chelsea a bunch of old-timers.

The charity's spokesperson Kate Joplin said: "In 2008, age is no longer an acceptable yardstick to measure a person's worth or potential. There's a lot to be said for experience." (The Sun)

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

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