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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Rafael Benitez has confirmed he must sell again to bring Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry to Liverpool, but the Reds manager has no intention of selling defender Alvaro Arbeloa to Sevilla. (Press Association, 1510 BST)

Blackburn Rovers have confirmed they are in negotiations with Tottenham over the possible sale of winger David Bentley. (BBC Sport, 1259 BST)
Rovers and Spurs in Bentley talks

Newcastle target Fabricio Coloccini could walk out on Deportivo La Coruna if they refuse to allow him to complete a switch to St James' Park. The Magpies are believed to have met the Spanish club's original 9.5m asking price, but Depor have now said they want over 1m more. (Press Association, 1224 BST)

Coventry City hope to finally complete the signing of former Sunderland defender Stephen Wright this week. (Coventry Telegraph, 1100 BST)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane will turn his attention to closing deals for Tottenham duo Steed Malbranque and Younes Kaboul after El-Hadji Diouf's arrival. (BBC Sport, 0800 BST)
Sunderland hopeful over Spurs duo


Tottenham want striker Roman Pavlyuchenko but have had a 10m bid rejected by Spartak Moscow. The London side is also confident of signing Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito, who would cost around 8m. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan is close to tying up a 7m deal for Argentina defender Fabricio Coloccini from Deportivo La Coruna. (Daily Star)

Aston Villa are poised to make a 4.5m bid for Reading's England international left-back Nicky Shorey as manager Martin O'Neill sets about bringing in at least five new players before the new season starts. (Daily Star)

Chelsea are cooling their interest in the Brazilian forward Robinho because Real Madrid keep changing their asking price, and are now considering giving Shaun Wright-Phillips another chance to prove himself. (The Independent)

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is closing on a 5m swoop for Chelsea's Tal Ben Haim and will offer the defender a four-year deal worth around 60,000 a week. (The Sun)

Striker Andy Johnson's expected move to Fulham will allow Everton boss David Moyes to make an increased club-record 15m offer for Sporting Lisbon's Joao Moutinho. (The Guardian)

However, Everton are poised to test Tottenham's nerve with a move for Darren Bent funded by the 10.75m they will bank from Johnson's transfer. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have moved ahead of Newcastle United in the race to sign Udinese midfielder Goekhan Inier by tabling a 5m bid. (Daily Mail)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is set for a double boost - by signing Middlesbrough's Lee Cattermole and agreeing a new contract with Paul Scharner to stay. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United winger Chris Eagles will join Burnley in the next 48 hours in a 1m-plus deal. (Daily Mirror)

Birmingham are close to bringing former Arsenal youngster Quincy Owusu-Abeyie back to England in a 3.5m switch from Spartak Moscow. (Daily Mirror)

Marc Janko, 25, is a 1m target for Bristol City and the Austria striker has held talks with boss Gary Johnson. (Daily Star)

Spurs boss Juande Ramos is looking at Sweden goalkeeper Johan Wiland and Bosnian international Sead Ramovic as he searches for an understudy to 10m goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. (The Sun)

Hull City are posed to sign Wigan defender Ryan Taylor in a 700,000 deal. (Daily Express)

Cardiff, Preston and Watford are eyeing Crystal Palace's 500,000-rated striker James Scowcroft. (The Sun)

But FA Cup finalists Cardiff have a battle to keep hold of Dutch defender Glenn Loovens who is wanted by Ajax, Fulham and Rangers. (Scottish Herald)

Ulises de la Cruz, 34, is expected to complete a move from Reading to Watford after impressing Hornets manager Aidy Boothroyd during a trial spell. (Daily Star)


Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been told by owner Roman Abramovich that he not only has to win but do so in style - like rivals Manchester United. (Various)

Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona has told winger Cristiano Ronaldo he would be stupid to quit Old Trafford for Real Madrid. (Various)

Manchester United are eyeing Eric Steele as their new goalkeeping coach - less than three weeks after he landed a similar role at Blackburn. (The Sun)

William Gallas has admitted he made "mistakes" in his first season as captain and promised to change his approach if he leads Arsenal again in the new campaign. (Various)

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has insisted the onus is on clubs outside the top four to "get their houses in order" if the perceived lack of competition in the Premier League is to be addressed. (Various)


Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has admitted Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment still leaves him quaking in his boots - but says he is still more scared of his mum. (The Sun)

see also
Monday's gossip column
28 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
27 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
29 Jul 08 |  Gossip

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