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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Derby boss Paul Jewell has revealed goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is close to moving to Tottenham. (Derby Evening Telegraph, 1400 BST)

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko will not return to the San Siro this summer. (Press Association, 1356 BST)

QPR are understood to have signed striker Dani Parejo from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal. (various, 1330 BST)

Cristiano Ronaldo intends to tell Manchester United next week he wants to leave the club and join Real Madrid. (AS, 1225 BST)

Zenit St Petersburg claim they still have not been contacted by Tottenham regarding a possible deal to take Andrei Arshavin to White Hart Lane. (BBC Sport, 0835 BST)


Blackburn boss Paul Ince will try to complete a deal for 6m-rated Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant. (Daily Mail)

Gareth Barry will demand that Aston Villa sell him to Liverpool after Villa last night said the Merseyside club had missed a deadline to sign the midfielder. (Various)

Arsenal could also renew their interest in Gareth Barry in a player-exchange deal with Villa. (The Sun)

Tottenham are poised to complete a 50m double swoop for Russian strike duo Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin. (Various)

Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is wanted by Paris St Germain but is holding out for his testimonial at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)


Celtic defender Bobo Balde hopes to sign a one-year deal at Sunderland and move to Wearside on a free transfer. (Various)

West Ham and Manchester City are chasing highly-rated Nancy defender Michael Chretien. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle have been told by Deportivo La Coruna to cough up 10m if they want defender Fabricio Coloccini while Spurs are also said to be chasing the Argentine. (Various)

Portsmouth and Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Espanyol's 5m-rated goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. (Daily Mail)

West Brom are closing in on Charlton defender Madrid Bougherra after having a 2.3m-bid accepted, while boss Tony Mowbray has also made an offer for Bolton centre-back Abdoulaye Meite. (Various)

Younes Kaboul is set for a late 5m switch from Tottenham to Portsmouth after the defender previously agreed terms with Sunderland. (Various)

Hull boss Phil Brown wants to re-sign Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell. (Daily Express)

Celtic have opened talks with Barcelona about signing midfielder Marc Crosas in a permanent deal but will have to stump up 2.5m to sign him. (Daily Record)

Chelsea are unlikely to allow Andriy Shevechko to rejoin AC Milan on a free transfer. (The Times)

Swindon are set to swoop for midfielder Lilian Nalis and Nigerian left-back Yinka Casal. (The Sun)

Bristol City are close to signing Crewe striker Nicky Maynard after having a 2m bid accepted. (The Sun)

Celtic target Gabriel Tamas says he hasn't given up hope of sealing a move to the SPL from Auxerre. (Daily Express)

Tamas' agent says Celtic have revived their interest in the central defender and he expects a deal to be finalised in the coming days. (The Herald)

Rangers are ready to use striker Daniel Cousin as a makeweight in their efforts to sign Cardiff's Dutch defender Glenn Loovens. (The Sun)


Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is being targeted by CSKA Moscow to become their new manager. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are close to securing manager David Moyes on a new contract worth 60,000 a week. (Various)

Arsenal stand to pocket up to 7m from David Bentley's move from Blackburn to Tottenham as part of the terms of his transfer to Ewood Park in 2006. (Various)


Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to stay at Manchester United after arranging for two giant whirlpool hot tubs to be installed in his house in Cheshire. (Daily Star)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley says he's not a gambling man after finding himself as the favourite to be the first Premier League boss to be sacked this season. (Various)

Man City gaffer Mark Hughes has banned mobile phones, iPods, agents and unscheduled visitors at his team's Carrington training base. (Various)

Robbie Savage's career at Derby looks dicey after the former Blackburn and Leicester midfielder was left out of the pre-season matches with chairman Adam Pearson insisting he has to "fight hard" to win his place back. (Guardian)

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

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