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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Marseille striker Djibril Cisse and Sunderland's David Healy are both on Weirside undergoing medicals at the club. (BBC Radio Newcastle, 1224 BST)
Cisse close to Sunderland switchSunderland closing in on Healy

Robinho's agent Wagner Ribeiro has not ruled out the possibility of the 24-year-old leaving Real Madrid, who he said will accept a bid of around 31.6m for the Brazilian. (Teletext, 1143 BST)


Chelsea are on the verge of signing Real Madrid forward Robinho for 25m after chief executive Peter Kenyon was seen in Madrid to finalise a deal for the 24-year-old Brazilian. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have given up hope of signing Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn and have instead switched their intentions to Real Zaragoza's Argentine striker Diego Milito. (The Guardian)

But Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is ready to test Rovers' resolve with a 16m bid for the 27-year-old Paraguay striker. (Various)

O'Neill is also set to up his bid for Newcastle's James Milner to 9m after already having a 7m bid rejected. (The Sun)

Liverpool will not be held to ransom by Espanyol for winger Albert Riera after the Spanish club said the 26-year-old is available for 16m, but the Anfield club are only willing to pay 10m. (The Times)

If the Reds fail to sign Riera, manager Rafael Benitez will turn his attentions towards Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. (The Times)

Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, who has scored just nine league goals in 47 appearances, is set to re-join AC Milan on a season-long loan deal, but his wages could prove to be a stumbling block. (Various)
Shevchenko on verge of Milan move

Zenit St Petersburg have pulled the plug on Andrei Arshavin's move to Tottenham after Spurs refused to match the Russian club's 20m valuation of the 27-year-old. (Various)
Arshavin's Spurs move hopes ended

Tottenham could also miss out on Arshavin's Russian team-mate Roman Pavlyuchenko, 26, who has said he does not want to leave Spartak Moscow. (Daily Star)

Everton will pay Juventus midfielder Tiago's 4m-a-year wages in order to take the 27-year-old on a season's loan. (Daily Mirror)

But David Moyes's side have missed out on signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho as they cannot afford the 20m asking price. (Daily Star)

Hull City have made a 1.5m bid for 6ft 8in Rapid Vienna striker Stefan Maierhofer. (The Times)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has turned his attentions to West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 24, after securing a loan deal for Marseille's Djibril Cisse. (The Sun)
Cisse close to Sunderland switch

Keane has also stepped up his pursuit of Blackburn's Benni McCarthy and David Healy from Fulham. (Daily Mail)

Bolton manager Gary Megson has made a 3m bid for Fulham's 29-year-old midfielder Jimmy Bullard. (Various)

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is still trying to sign Celtic defender Bobo Balde before the transfer window closes. (Daily Record)

MK Dons captain Keith Andrews looks set to join up with former boss Paul Ince at Blackburn after Rovers bid 1.3m for the 27-year-old Irish midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley will offer Derby 500,000 for defender Dean Leacock, who is also a target for Preston. (Daily Star)

Fulham striker Eddie Johnson is line for a loan switch to Cardiff after the Championship side failed in a similar bid to sign team-mate David Healy. (Daily Star)


Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, 20, will end speculation about his future by signing a new five-year deal at Eastlands on Thursday. (The Guardian)

"Same old story" is how most of the British press summed up England's lacklustre performance during the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic, with many papers contrasting England's failure to the success of British competitors at the Olympics in Beijing. (Various)


Dimitar Berbatov has provoked anger from Spurs fans after being photographed signing a Manchester United shirt. (The Sun)

Former Tottenham, Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham will appear on the next series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, along with the likes of model Jodie Kidd and chef Gary Rhodes. (The Sun)

Celtic have agreed a 1m fee for Shaun Maloney and have been given permission by Aston Villa to speak to him about a return to Parkhead. (The Scottish Sun)

see also
Wednesday's gossip column
21 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
19 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
15 Aug 08 |  Premier League
SPL ins and outs
21 Aug 08 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - August 2008
19 Aug 08 |  Gossip

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