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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo are to hold contract talks next week, according to Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon. Ronaldo's current deal expires in 2012. (Spanish sports daily AS, 1345 BST)

England winger David Bentley takes part in a medical at Tottenham to move a step closer to a proposed 18m-move to White Hart Lane. (Various, 1130 BST)
Bentley closes in on Spurs switch

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Tottenham will splash out 36m to bring Blackburn's David Bentley and Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg to White Hart Lane. (Various)

Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid is fading fast as Real say the 70m transfer is "non-viable". (Various)

Manchester City have made a 6m offer for Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun and are considering a swoop for Fulham keeper Antti Niemi. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane has set 13m Spurs duo Steed Malbranque and Younes Kaboul a 24-hour deadline to join his club. (Daily Star)

Blackburn are chasing Palermo's Australian midfielder Mark Bresciano. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has made Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz his number one transfer target. (Daily Mirror)

606: DEBATE

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is chasing Stuttgart forward Mario Gomez and is set to agree a 15m fee. (The Sun)

Stoke City are due to complete the signing of former Aston Villa keeper Thomas Sorenson but Hull are set to hijack their bid for Greece striker Angelos Charisteas. (The Sun)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane may rekindle his interest in Manchester United striker Louis Saha but will want them to reduce their 10m asking price. (The Guardian)

Chelsea have accepted a 5m bid from Manchester City for Israel defender Tal Ben-Haim, who has been offered a four-year deal. (The Times)

Celtic target, Barcelona midfielder Marc Crosas, says he would jump at the chance of a season-loan with the Scottish club. (Daily Record)

Reading defender Andre Bikey wants to quit the club and move to France. (Daily Star)

Midfielder Keith Andrews is set to complete his 2m transfer from MK Dons to Blackburn. (Daily Express)

West Brom hope to complete the signing of Madjid Bougherra from Charlton despite interest from Real Betis. (Various)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is giving a trial to New Zealand defender Tony Lochhead (Daily Star).

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will meet former club Cardiff in a bid to resolve his contract dispute after he was turned away from pre-season training. (Various)

Wolves want to hijack Ipswich's bid to sign former Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher, who has been training with Ipswich after leaving Charlton. (Daily Star)

Argentina defender Fabricio Coloccini has threatened to walk out on Deportivo La Coruna if they refuse to allow him to move to Newcastle. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is set to sign a new 80,000-a-week deal with the club after impressing new boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. (The Sun)

Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson has been offered a new five-year deal to stay at the club until 2013. (The Sun)

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has settled his differences with owner Roman Abramovich after accepting a 3.5m pay-off. (Daily Mail)

New Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson says it is a relief to have left Tottenham. (Various)

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has his boot sponsorship deal with Nike, worth an estimated 40,000, terminated after being released from jail. (Various)

Paul Gascoigne is said to be considering a coaching job with Newcastle. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

The Euro 2008 tournament made a record net profit of 197m (Daily Star)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will stick with William Gallas as his captain. (Daily Mail)

Forfar have been fined 3,000 by the Scottish Football Association for their poor disciplinary record after receiving 11 red cards and 82 yellows last season. (Daily Record)




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


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