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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to return to England for talks with Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson over his desire to join Real Madrid. (Spanish newspaper Marca, 1320 BST)

Everton expect the transfer of striker Andy Johnson to Fulham to be completed in the next 24 hours. (Press Association, 1251)

Derby boss Paul Jewell has confirmed he received a phone call to say that keeper Stephen Bywater's move to Tottenham had fallen through. (BBC Derby, 1215 BST)


Manchester United will try to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to stay one more season by promising to then let him go for 65m. (The Sun)

But sources close to Ronaldo say he is refusing to return to Manchester United to discuss his future with Sir Alex Ferguson. (The Mirror)

Tottenham are ready to smash the British transfer record in a 32m swoop for Valencia's David Villa - and will sell Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United to fund the move. (The Sun)

Liverpool are expected to raise 18m to buy Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry by the end of the week. (The Mirror)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane is on the verge of completing an 8.5m swoop for Manchester United striker Louis Saha. (Various)

Newly-promoted West Brom will try and land midfielder Michael Tonge from Sheffield United with a 2m offer. (The Sun)

Everton are sizing up a cut-price 1.5m deal for Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth plan to sign Nicky Shorey from Reading and Tottenham's Younes Kaboul. (The Mirror)

Tottenham look set to splash more cash as they are on the verge of a shock 9.5m move for Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka. (Various)

Hull are set to make a bid for Benfica's Portuguese striker Ariza Makukula. (The Mirror)

Everton are ready to agree a compromise deal to ease through Andy Johnson's move to Fulham after the London club refused to meet the 13m asking price. (The Mirror)

Aston Villa are targeting Middlesbrough defender Luke Young. (The Guardian)

Arsenal are set to increase their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red. (Telegraph)

Ipswich and Hull are both chasing the signature of former Bolton midfielder Ivan Campo. (The Mirror)

Tottenham set their sights on Real Zaragoza keeper Cesar Sanchez, who is available for a nominal fee. (Daily Mail)

Robinho, the Real Madrid and Brazil forward, says he is mulling over offers from several clubs, including Chelsea. (The Times)

Zenit St Petersburg will open talks with Andrei Arshavin's agent to try and resolve the striker's proposed move to Tottenham. (Various)

Spanish outfit Real Zaragoza are lining up a bid for Celtic outcast Thomas Gravesen. (Scottish Sun)


Eduardo hopes to play for Arsenal before Christmas as he continues his recovery from a horror leg break last February. (The Sun)

FA chiefs are set for another showdown with the Premier League over plans for an international round of matches during a winter break starting in January 2011. (The Mirror)

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has cooled speculation that the club could be sold after revealing he has received no firm offers. (Daily Express)

Indian mobile phone company Reliance Communications denied claims that owner Anil Ambani was planning to buy Newcastle. (The Guardian)

But experts on the sub-continent say Ambani could make an investment using his personal wealth. (Daily Telegraph)

QPR chairman says he will use his links at Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and "other top clubs" to bring the best players to the London club. (Various)

The FA will crack down on player misbehaviour launching its campaign of 'Respect' for officials. (The Independent)


Liverpool fans have been voted the most attractive in football with Portsmouth's blue army taking the dubious honour of worst looking. (The Mirror)

Sir Alex Ferguson prevailed in the father-son battle as his Manchester United side beat son Darren's Peterborough team 2-0. (Various)

West Ham say they will retire the number six shirt worn by former England captain, the late Bobby Moore. (Daily Express)

see also
Monday's gossip column
04 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
03 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
02 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
01 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
01 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Transfers - August 2008
04 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
01 Aug 08 |  Gossip

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