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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Several Italian clubs have shown an interest in Freddie Ljungberg, who was released by West Ham on Wednesday. (Il Romanista, 1802 BST)

The battle for ownership of Liverpool could threaten the Reds' 18m deal for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. (PA, 1630 BST)

Former Tottenham target Andrei Arshavin says he wants to play abroad but Zenit St Petersburg's valuation of him is making his departure difficult. (Russian newspaper Sport Express, 1600 BST)

Roma could use their trip to London this weekend - when they play Tottenham - to try to negotiate a deal for Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda. (Channel 4 Football Italia, 0950 BST)

Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia claims he is the subject of an offer of "more than 8m euros" from Everton. (L'Equipe, 0930 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Liverpool's owners have failed to raise the cash to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa and now the move could be off - again. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is set to incur the wrath of boss Kevin Keegan by demanding forward Alan Smith be sold to Everton. (Various)

Everton boss David Moyes will up his bid to 13m for Joao Moutinho as he spends the money generated by the sale of striker Andy Johnson. (The Sun)

Tottenham will switch their attentions away from Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin if his club do not lower their 19m asking price. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill will beat Portsmouth to the signature of Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul. (Daily Star)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is interested in bringing Reading striker Kevin Doyle to the club. (Daily Mail)

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan wants to sign midfielder Sean Davis from Portsmouth for 2.5m. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal right-back Just Hoyte is a 3m target for Middlesbrough after the Teessiders sold Luke Young to Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn will wrap up a deal for Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Annan after he impressed on trial from IK Start but they will miss out on a move for MK Dons captain Keith Andrews. (Daily Mirror)

Premier League newcomers Stoke will bring in Charlton midfielder Amdy Faye for 1m. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says that the number of foreigners in the Premier League is not to blame for England's problems on the international front. (Various)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes he has the best squad at his disposal in his time at the club. (Daily Mirror)

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says current Stamford Bridge manager Luiz Felipe Scolari only talks about him to get "free publicity".

Magpies supremo Mike Ashley insists he has no intention of selling the Tyneside outfit. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney seems to have had a quick recovery from his virus as he is pictured smiling and cheering during the filming of a commercial for a computer game. (Various)




see also
Friday's gossip column
08 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
06 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Transfers - August 2008
06 Aug 08 |  Gossip


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