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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says he is confident Chelsea target Robinho will be staying at the Bernabeu and has ruled out making any more signing this summer. (Spanish newspaper Marca, 1029 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has pleaded with the club to let him join Manchester United. (Various)

Everton have sent a delegation to Portugal to try to clinch the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho. (Daily Mail)

Toffees boss David Moyes is also close to agreeing a loan move for Juventus midfielder Tiago and has not given up on Newcastle's Alan Smith. (Daily Mail)

606: DEBATE
Sunderland are ready to raise their bid for Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy to nearer the 9m Rovers are demanding. (Daily Mail)

The Black Cats could also complete a 6m (Daily Mirror) or 8m (Independent) deal for West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand this week.

Striker Robbie Fowler has been offered a six-month pay-as-you-play deal by Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Ince. (Various)

West Brom are on the verge of splashing out 7m - 5m on Real Mallorca midfielder Borja Valero and 2m on Charlton's Zheng Zhi. (Various)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is targeting Argentine left-back Juan Pablo Sorin, who has been released by Hamburg. (The Sun)

Actually, Redknapp is in talks with French side Lens to take Algeria left-back Nadir Belhadj on a season-long loan. (Daily Mirror)

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is set to swoop for Southampton defender Andrew Davies for 1.5m. (The Sun)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince will make a new bid for his old captain at MK Dons, Keith Andrews, this week - and may even bid for their keeper Willie Gueret. (Daily Mirror)

Rumours abound that Norwich are going to sign veteran Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace will try to push through a 600,000 deal for Colchester winger Mark Yeates this week. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal left-back Kieron Gibbs, 18, is ready to join Championship Reading on a season-long loan. (The Sun)

Derby are set to offer Lens midfielder Julien Sable, 27, a second chance in England after Blackburn stalled on offering him a contract. (Daily Mirror)

Former Watford striker Gifton Noel-Williams, 28, will end a two-year spell in Spain to join Azerbaijan outfit Neftchi Baku. (Various)

Celtic are closing in on the signing of their former forward Shaun Maloney from Aston Villa. (Daily Record)

FA Cup finalists Cardiff City are preparing a bid for Fulham striking duo American international Eddie Johnson and Northern Ireland goal hero David Healy. (Various)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has dismissed speculation that he is bidding to attract Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre and Inter Milan striker Hernan Crespo to Glasgow. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

England coach Fabio Capello will assess his squad on Monday and is set to name Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand as his captain. (Daily Telegraph)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince claims attempts were made to wreck his managerial career at Ewood Park, amid rumours of unrest in the camp. (The Sun)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has reaffirmed his desire to stay with the club, despite being linked with a move back to West Ham. (Daily Telegraph)

Wigan's Paul Scharner has been included in the Austria squad for the friendly with Italy, his first call-up in two years. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

West Ham striker Dean Ashton says he will cut down on eating pizza in a bid to win back a place in the England squad. (Daily Express)

Luiz Felipe Scolari hailed his first game in charge of Chelsea as the "perfect day" after his side thumped Portsmouth 4-0. (The Sun)




see also
Sunday's gossip column
17 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
15 Aug 08 |  Premier League
SPL ins and outs
16 Aug 08 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - August 2008
18 Aug 08 |  Gossip


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