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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Portuguese newspaper that he will continue to play for Manchester United, but still wants to join Real Madrid. (Portugal's Publico newspaper, 2145 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Striker Robinho is desperate for Real Madrid to let him join Chelsea. (The Sun)

Aston Villa have targeted Arsenal's Justin Hoyte, Luke Young of Middlesbrough and Chelsea's Paulo Ferreira to fill their full-back berth. (The Times)

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, who has been in Spain since 2004, is the latest target for Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

But Tottenham hopes of signing Dean Ashton have been dashed after West Ham put an 18m price tag on the striker. Spurs were apparently only ready to pay 14m or 15m - depending on which paper you read. (Various)

West Ham are the latest club linked with Manchester United striker Louis Saha, but they are delaying any approach after the former Fulham forward aggravated a knee injury. (Daily Mail)

606: DEBATE

However, Saha has expressed an interest in joining Sunderland. (The Independent)

Bolton want West Brom full-back Paul Robinson in exchange for central defender Abdoulaye Meite. (The Sun)

West Ham have decided to release winger Freddie Ljungberg after just 12 months, a move which will cost them 6m. (Daily Mail)

Everton are chasing Newcastle striker Alan Smith, who is likely to cost around 3m. (The Sun, Daily Mirror)

Fulham have finally landed Everton's Andy Johnson for a cut-price fee of 8m after manager Roy Hodgson threatened to end the deal because of concerns over the striker's injury record. (The Sun)

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is still hopeful of signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho. (The Independent)

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun has been linked with a summer move to Roma, where he will meet up with former Anfield team-mate John Arne Riise. (Daily Telegraph)

Bolton are closing in on the signing of Watford defender Danny Shittu for 2m. (Various)

Celtic have pulled out of negotiations to sign Auxerre central defender Gabriel Tamas. (Daily Record)

Wigan are set to make a 3m bid for Ipswich striker Danny Haynes. (The Sun)

Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy is wanted by Galatasaray. (Daily Mail)


OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has explored the possibility of selling up, putting the long-term future of the club in doubt. (Daily Mail)

QPR manager Iain Dowie is on the verge of being sacked after a row with owner Flavio Briatore over the proposed transfer of an unnamed player from the Middle East. (The Times)

Outspoken Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock says Manchester United and Tottenham are hypocrites for complaining that rivals tap up their stars. (Various)

AND FINALLY

New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has hit out at Jose Mourinho. Scolari says Mourinho was not that special and claims the former Chelsea boss should not have blamed his players when things went wrong. (Various)

Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez says he needs to sharpen up his image off the pitch in order to be a true superstar like team-mate Ronaldo. (The Sun)




see also
Tuesday's gossip column
05 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
04 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
03 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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