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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says Yossi Benayoun and Dirk Kuyt will not be leaving Anfield but he could look to sell Jermaine Pennant and Andriy Voronin. (PA, 1729 BST)

Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon, now commercial director of an investment company called Profitable Group, denies that he wants to buy Newcastle United. (AFP, 1648 BST)

Valencia are hopeful of securing David Villa, who has been linked to Tottenham, and David Silva on new improved contracts. (El Mundo)

Striker Djibril Cisse has been linked with several English sides but will be staying at Marseille. (Press Association, 1223 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Former Tottenham winger Chris Waddle is not happy at striker Dimitar Berbatov apparently wanting to leave the club and fears Spurs could become a feeder club. (Various)

Liverpool could have raised some of the cash to finance a move for Gareth Barry with the sale of Dirk Kuyt - but the Reds scared off Hamburg with their 16m valuation of the Dutch striker. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is set to test Blackburn boss Paul Ince's resolve with a 7m bid for Ewood Park striker Benni McCarthy. (Various)

Aston Villa are close to securing the signature of Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young for about 5m and Reading left-back Nicky Shorey for 4m. (Various)

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan insists Alan Smith still has a future at the club, despite reports linking the striker with a move to Everton. (Daily Star)

Deportivo La Coruna claim they have agreed to sell centre-back Fabricio Coloccini to the Magpies. (The Times)

Tottenham are lining up a bid for Rangers' 12m-rated defender Carlos Cuellar. (Scottish Sun)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has been told he needs to sell players to raise the funds to buy Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul. (Daily Mail)

West Ham will bring in defender Gael Givet from Marseille for 1.75m. (Various)

Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson will hold showdown talks over his future with the club next week. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace are weighing up whether to sign midfielder John Oster after his summer release by Reading. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes wants talks about the situation at the club following reports that owner Thaksin Shinawatra wants to sell the Eastlands outfit. (The Sun)

However, Hughes is not worried by the speculation and insists that if any investors come in they will not have an impact on his transfer plans. (Guardian)

Chelsea captain John Terry says winning the Premier League is the club's priority for the upcoming season. (Various)

AND FINALLY

John Terry, who missed the penalty that would have won Chelsea last season's Champions League, believes the Blues will face former Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in this season's competition. (The Sun)




see also
Wednesday's gossip column
06 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
05 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
06 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Transfers - August 2008
06 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - July 2008
01 Aug 08 |  Gossip


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