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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Tottenham will use the money from the sale of Robbie Keane to pay Zenit St Petersburg 17m for Andrei Arshavin, the Russia forward. (mailonsunday.co.uk, 1508 BST)

The Wigan midfielder Michael Brown could be about to rejoin his former club Sheffield United in a deal worth 2m. (mailonsunday.co.uk, 1508 BST)

Inter Milan are set to end their attempts to sign Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard after their acquisition of Sulley Muntari from Portsmouth. (AFP, 1259)

Everton striker Andy Johnson is undergoing a medical at Fulham ahead of a proposed 12million transfer. (Press Association, 1216BST)

606: DEBATE

Liverpool should complete the 18m signing of Robbie Keane within the next 24 hours. (Press Association, 1153 BST)

West Brom are poised to increase their bid for Bolton centre-back Abdoulaye Meite after having a 1m-plus bid rejected and Bolton boss Gary Megson reportedly valuing the 27-year-old at around 3m. (expressandstar.com, 1129 BST)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has received a double transfer blow with winger Shaun Wright-Phillips insisting he is happy to remain at Chelsea and Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul tipped to turn down a move to Fratton Park. (portsmouth.co.uk, 0857 BST)

The versatile Israeli defender Tal Ben-Haim is expected to complete a 5m move from Chelsea to Manchester City by the middle of the week. (manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 0855 BST)

Middlesbrough midfielder Lee Cattermole will complete a 3.5m move to Wigan within the next 48 hours. (thenorthernecho.co.uk, 0854 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Having cooled his interest in Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a shock 15m bid for Barcelona's ex-Arsenal forward Thierry Henry. (Daily Star)

United, meanwhile, are ready to sell their injury-prone forward Louis Saha to Paris St Germain, freeing up funds for new arrivals. (Daily Mirror)

Saha is also wanted by Sunderland, whose manager Roy Keane has tabled a 10m bid for the Frenchman. (Daily Express)

Striker Robbie Keane is expected at Liverpool for a medical to seal his 20m move from Tottenham. (Daily Star)

Wantaway Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry, who has been targeted by Liverpool, is to be offered a new four-year contract at Villa Park that would result in him earning as much as a 50% pay rise. (Various)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hinted he may be interested in a move to Real Madrid but not this summer. (Various)

Newcastle are prepared to pay 7m for Real Madrid's former Arsenal forward Julio Baptista, although the Spanish club want closer to 12m. (Daily Telegraph)

Real themselves want a new striker and will turn to Valencia's David Villa in a 30m deal that will end their interest in Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Star)

Newcastle winger Damien Duff could be heading back to his former club Blackburn in a deal that would see Stephen Warnock go in the opposite direction. (Independent)

Sunderland will complete the signing of striker El-Hadji Diouf from Bolton for 2.5m on Monday. (Various)

After months of uncertainty about his future, Portsmouth striker Kanu will turn down a lucrative move to the United States and sign a rolling 12-month contract extension this week. (The Sun)

Tottenham have enquired about the availability of 27-year-old IF Elfsborg goalkeeper Johan Wiland. (Daily Telegraph)

Palermo have triggered a Premier League scramble to sign Mark Bresciano after confirming the Australia midfielder can leave for 5m, with Blackburn, West Ham and Fulham all in the hunt. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have entered the race to sign Marseille's Nigerian left-back Taye Taiwo for 6m. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom's attempts to sign Polish international midfielder Radoslaw Majewski appear to have stalled after the Premier League side and Groclin Dyskobolia failed to agree a fee. (Daily Telegraph)

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has made a last-ditch bid to sign Coventry's Michael Mifsud from under the noses of Bristol City. (The Sun)

The finance for that deal would come from Birmingham, who have lined up a 2m bid for Palace midfielder Ben Watson. (Daily Mirror)

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is ready to hijack a bid from Ipswich to land former Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher, who is now a free agent. (The Sun)

Bolton are to launch a new bid, thought to be in the region of 3m, for Reading midfielder James Harper now Middlesbrough appear to have lost interest. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid will this week make a 2m bid for Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher. (The Sun)

Celtic midfielder Evander Sno has had a change of heart and turned down a 2m move to Spanish side Osasuna. (Daily Record)

Aston Villa are the latest English club to be linked with Celtic left-back Lee Naylor. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Derby chairman Peter Gadsby has offered to buy the club back after accusing the new American board of failing to invest in the club since their 50m takeover. (Various)

Manchester United have moved quickly to finalise the details of Carlos Tevez's 32m British record transfer after Real Madrid were among those enquiring about his availability. (Daily Mail)

Walsall have signed former England striker Michael Ricketts for a third time. (Daily Mirror)

Thomas Gravesen's agent says the Dane will see out his contract at Celtic, despite the Scottish Premier League champions' manager Gordon Strachan insisting the midfielder has played his last game for the club. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Newcastle and Chelsea full-back Celestine Babayaro will be offered a one-year deal with Portsmouth after overcoming malaria. (Various)

AND FINALLY

In a bid end their seemingly endless tale of injury misery, West Ham have linked up with Roehampton University, which has assessed the club's set-up and recommended installing modern equipment, using yet more medical staff and moving the training ground. (The Times)

Six years after the collapse of his career in the Premier League following a failed drug test, Mark Bosnich, 36, saved a penalty and kept a clean sheet during a spectacular comeback to football on Sunday. The former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper starred in Central Coast's 3-0 win against Sydney in an Australian A-League pre-season cup match. (The Guardian)




see also
Sunday's gossip column
27 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
26 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
24 Jul 08 |  Gossip


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