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Saturday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Reading boss Steve Coppell is resigned to losing England full-back Nicky Shorey, with an unnamed Premier League club set to return with an improved bid in the next few days. (Press Association, 1850 BST)

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster says his club have still not given up hope of signing Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo. "I think the club is working hard to get a solution to this matter. We will have to see," said Schuster. (AFP 1631 BST)

The other Ronaldo's agent has denied reports the former Brazil forward has been approached by Japanese side Kashima Antlers. (Press Association, 1535 BST).

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says he is "certain" Frank Lampard wants to leave Chelsea, but he understands the player's decision not to move yet, for family reasons (Sky Sport Italia, 1530 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Zenit St Petersburg still expect Tottenham to return with another bid for Russia striker Andrei Arshavin, despite the London side initially being put off by a 24m price tag. (The Times)

Fulham are trying to renegotiate the transfer of Andrew Johnson after complications with the Everton striker's medical. (The Times)

Jimmy Bullard's Fulham future is in doubt after the club refused to discuss a contact extension. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United midfielder Lee Martin, a former loan signing at Bramall Lane, is still being tracked by Sheffield United. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal could be ready to hijack Liverpool's quest for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. (Various)

Newcastle look poised to sign Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabrizio Coloccini this weekend. (Various)

606: DEBATE

Blackburn boss Paul Ince will ask his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson if he can sign full-back Danny Simpson. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton defender Jaroslaw Fojut is a shock target of Serie A club Napoli. (Daily Mirror).

Premier League new boys Hull are in talks with French defender Philippe Christanval, who was released by Fulham last season. (The Sun)

Bolton manager Gary Megson is planning a swoop for 3m-rated West Brom winger Jonathan Greening. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace are keen to sign Austrian striker Roman Kienast from Norwegian club Ham Kam. (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich will be reviving their interest in Portsmouth midfit striker David Nugent, who cost 6m last summer. (Independent)

Celtic defender Bobo Balde is believed to be close to completing a free transfer to Sunderland. (Guardian)

Stoke City are interested in re-signing defender Danny Higginbotham and Dean Whithead from Sunderland. (Guardian)

Rangers manager Walter Smith is still keen to bring Fulham midfielder Steven Davis to Ibrox but fears wages may be the stumbling block to a deal being struck. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Tottenham, who reported Liverpool and Manchester United over the alleged tapping up of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, have been branded "hypocrites" by Sevilla for the way they lured boss Juande Ramos. (Various).

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo they need to emulate Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes if they want to be judged real Manchester United legends. (Various)

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri claims Roman Abramovich refused to let Frank Lampard join Inter Milan because the Russian has never forgiven Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mirror)

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo is hoping former Hibernian and Kilmarnock boss Bobby Williamson accepts the offer to become the new boss of the Uganadan national team, whom Laszlo coached coming to Tynecastle.

AND FINALLY

Former Tottenham midfielder Teemu Tanio insists he was happy to swap London for Sunderland, insisting it's lovely compared to his native Lapland. (Daily Mirror)

Everton boss David Moyes is the bookies' favourite to be the first Premier League boss to be sacked this season. (Independent)


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


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