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Friday's gossip column

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Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor remains a target for Barcelona according to the Spanish club's sporting director, Txiki Bergiristain. (PA, 1646 BST)

Udinese have dismissed reports that Gokhan Inler is set for a move to Emirates Stadium, declaring that the Switzerland international is not for sale. (, 1608 BST)

Barcelona's Begiristain has also revealed that Samuel Eto'o is attracting interest from "four or five big clubs", but insists there are no official offers as yet. (PA, 1330 BST)

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon says he was "amazed" to read newspaper reports linking his side with a move for Werder Bremen playmaker Diego. (Press Association, 1310 BST)

Spanish champions Real Madrid have completed the signing of Dutch international midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from German side Hamburg for 7.1m. A potential blow for Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps? (Spanish radio Cadena Ser, 1031 BST)


Tottenham's bid for Andrei Arshavin has stalled as Russian side Zenit St Petersburg want 24m, not the 16m Spurs are offering. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Spurs have pulled out of a move for Real Zaragoza's Argentine striker Diego Milito. (The Times)


Chelsea are preparing a 25m swoop for Werder Bremen's Brazilian midfielder Diego. (Daily Star, Daily Express)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill wants to take Manchester United's French defender Mikael Silvestre on a year's loan. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are closing in on a 10m deal for Udinese's Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler. (Daily Star)

Cristiano Ronaldo will tell Sir Alex Ferguson in person next week that he wants to join Real Madrid. (Various)

Everton boss David Moyes wants to get rid of left-back Leighton Baines just a year after signing him for 6m. Moyes wants to trade him for Blackburn's Stephen Warnock. (The Sun)

Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is on the brink of joining Spurs. (Daily Star)

Bolton have rejected a 1.75m bid for defender Abdoulaye Meite. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dismissed rumours linking the Catalan club with a move for Juventus' French hitman David Trezeguet. (Independent)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince reckons the signing of Chilean midfielder Carlos Villaneuva, 22, will help fans forget about the sale of David Bentley to Tottenham. (Various)

Everton have enquired about the availability of Club America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, according to the player's agent. (The Times)

Real Madrid are set to offer forward Robinho a 16m tax-free five-year deal which he will sign, disappointing admirers Chelsea. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth flop David Nugent is a 5m target for ambitious Ipswich (Various)

Gareth Barry believes his protracted 19m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool will be finalised over the weekend once Villa accept a restructured offer. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth hope to conclude a deal for Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul in the next few days. (The Times)

Andy Johnson's 12m move from Everton to Fulham has hit a snag after problems with the England striker's medical. (Daily Star)

West Ham are close to signing Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka. (The Sun)

Wolves have taken former Manchester City left-back Ben Thatcher on trial. (Daily Mail)

Bolton have rejected an ambitious 1.5m offer for striker Kevin Davies from Hull, who are also in talks with Ivan Campo. (Various)

Jimmy Bullard has dashed Wigan's hopes fo re-signing him by saying he is happy at Fulham. (The Sun)

Rangers boss Walter Smith is set to sign Cardiff's Dutch defender Glenn Loovens in a 2m deal. (Daily Mirror)


Furious organisers of Feyenoord's Jubilee Tournament have blasted Celtic after manager Gordon Strachan and one of his players failed to show at a press conference they were contractually obliged to attend. (Various)

Joey Barton could be hit with a 15-match ban by the Football Association after he was charged with violent conduct for his training ground attack on Ousmane Dabo last year. (Various)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp will not be moving to Russia to become the new boss of CSKA Moscow, according to the Fratton Park club. (Daily Telegraph)

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko will not return to the San Siro. (Independent)

Jens Lehmann has warned Emmanuel Adebayor he would be making a huge mistake if he left Arsenal this summer. (Various)

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari insists owner Roman Abramovich has not ordered him to make the Blues play sexy football. (The Sun)

Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies will stun doctors by being fit for the new season after an Achilles operation in March. (The Sun)


New Spurs signing David Bentley says he wants to entertain the White Hart Lane faithful just like Paul Gascoigne used to. (Various)

Sunderland new boy El Hadji Diouf reckons he is just like his new gaffer: "Everybody knows Roy Keane as a temperamental man and they know me like that as well," said the Senegalese. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace are lining up a shock move for striker Jerson Dos Santos, who has just quit Sutton United after scoring 30 goals in his first season. He started playing football two years ago - there's hope for all of us. (Daily Star)

see also
Thursday's gossip column
31 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
30 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
29 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
28 Jul 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
01 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Transfers - July 2008
01 Aug 08 |  Gossip

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