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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Newcastle have a deal in place to sign 27-year-old Juventus and former Chelsea midfielder Tiago Mendes. The Portuguese international will join on an initial one-year loan deal with a view to an 8m permanent move. (www.premiershiplatest.com, 1406 BST)

Blackburn full-back Stephen Warnock has said reports saying he has handed in a transfer request are "rubbish". (Sky Sports News, 1226 BST)

Hull City have pulled out of a potential deal to sign Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro, 29, with manager Phil Brown admitting they were priced out of a move. (The Sun, 1038 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov after tabling a bid believed to be about 28m. (Various)

United have even delayed having their official team photo so they can include the Bulgarian. (Daily Mirror)

606: DEBATE
Blackburn left-back Stephen Warnock, 26, has handed in a transfer request to push through a 4m move to Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)

Rovers have told Manchester City that striker Roque Santa Cruz, 26, is not for sale. (The Sun)

Hamburg boss Martin Jol has vowed to land Celtic's Dutch international striker Jan Vennegoor of Heeselink to lead his side's assault on the Bundesliga. (Scottish Sun)

Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski wants to move to Liverpool in an 8m deal, but the 22-year-old's club Borussia Dortmund are refusing to sell. (The Times)

Rangers are ready to lift the gloom over Ibrox with a 4m swoop for Palermo's Australian international midfielder Mark Bresciano. (Scottish Sun)

French side Lille have turned down the opportunity to sign Rangers outcast Gabon striker Daniel Cousin. (Scottish Daily Express)

Rangers are moving quickly to spend 5m of the Carlos Cuellar transfer fee on long-term targets Steve Davis and Glenn Loovens. (Scottish Daily Mirror)

Walter Smith has been handed a 10m warchest to strengthen Rangers - and Cardiff City's Dutch defender, Glenn Loovens, is top of the wanted list as a replacement for Carlos Cuellar. (Scottish Daily Express)

Fulham and Hull are tracking Osasuna's 32-year-old Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani who played for Birmingham in the Premier League in 2005. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa have renewed their interest in Newcastle midfielder James Milner who is valued at 6m. (Daily Mail)

Middlesbrough have submitted a bid for 23-year-old Arsenal full-back Justin Hoyte. (The Independent)

Stoke City have tabled a 2m bid for Newcastle midfielder Abdoulaye Faye, 30. (Daily Mail)

Former Real Madrid winger Jordi Lopez, 27, is on trial at Portsmouth after he was released by Real Mallorca. (Various)

Racing Santander are hoping to hijack Arsenal's move for Ghana international midfielder Anthony Anan, 22, after offering 2m to his club IK Start. (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff are trying to signing 29-year-old Fulham striker David Healy for 1.2m. (Daily Mirror)

QPR are preparing a bid for 26-year-old Italian striker Davide Succiwho, who currently plays for Ravenna in the Italian third division. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace have bid 550,000 for 29-year-old Irish Ipswich striker Alan Lee. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea captain John Terry has hit back at Man Utd claiming that the Premier League champions have reached their peak and that his side are capable of overtaking them this season. (Various)

Man City manager Mark Hughes has reassured fans that he is not thinking about quitting the club, despite the controversy surrounding owner Thaksin Shinawatra. (Various)

Anton Ferdinand has turned down a new 2m-a-year contract at West Ham - a deal that would have trebled his wages. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley has said Kevin Keegan can keep spending despite the club owing 27m from past transfer deals. (The Sun)

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has accused former Man City boss Sven Goran-Eriksson of duping him into signing a new contract at City. Schmeichel has slipped behind Joe Hart in the pecking order at Eastlands and said he only signed a new contract after starting last season as the club's number one. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

New Birmingham signing Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has revealed he is a dab-hand with a microphone, as well as a football, and can give his cousin - rapper Sway DaSafo - a run for his money. "My cousin Sway is a rapper. I like rapping myself as well. It's a bit of a hobby, I love rapping, singing songs and listening to music.

"I've recorded a few things just when I've been at home with friends, I pop into the studio once in a while. It's just a bit of fun." (Sunday Mercury)

Blackburn have installed a prayer room at Ewood Park, becoming the first Premier League club to do so. The room replaces a toilet block and includes prayer mats and religious texts so supporters can worship. (The Sun)




see also
Tuesday's gossip column
12 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
12 Aug 08 |  Premier League
SPL ins and outs
10 Aug 08 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - August 2008
12 Aug 08 |  Gossip


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