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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Middlesbrough striker Mido claims he is mulling over the chance to join Wigan. (www.FilGoal.com 1629 BST)

Everton are set to hold talks with giant Serbian striker Nikola Zigic, who is no longer wanted by Valencia. (Liverpool Echo 1208 BST)

Liverpool reject a 2.5m bid from Stoke City for defender Sami Hyypia. (Liverpool Echo 1158 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand will complete an 8m move to Sunderland on Friday. (The Sun)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. (Daily Mirror)

606: DEBATE

Juventus midfield man Tiago is the latest player to reject Everton after insisting he will not make a loan move to Goodison Park. (The Sun)

Chelsea have increased their bid for Real Madrid forward Robinho to 28.4m in an attempt to finally clinch a deal. (The Sun)

Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka could finally make his move to Tottenham after the Eastlands club agreed to sign Hamburg's Vincent Kompany. (Daily Mail)

Everton will make a 7m bid for Switzerland midfield man Goekhan Inler in an attempt to finally clinch their first signing of the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan have warned Liverpool off a move for midfielder Wilson Palacios by insisting he is worth as much as 18m-rated Gareth Barry. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are investigating the possibility of making Barcelona's Thierry Henry a "box office" signing in January. (The Guardian)

Blackburn are looking at former Real Madrid winger Jordi Lopez to fill the gap left by David Bentley's move to Tottenham. (Various)

Midfielder Shaun Maloney will complete his return to Celtic from Aston Villa in time to make his debut against Falkirk on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Bolton are ready to make an official 4m for Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard after scrapping a move for Reading's James Harper. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is ready to raid former club Sheffield United to sign Derek Geary and Danny Webber in a 1m deal. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has called on England to play Wayne Rooney in a wide right role in place of David Beckham. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Javier Mascherano has vowed to dedicate his Olympic gold medal to Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez - if Argentina beat Nigeria in the final, saying: "He is a very important person in my life." (The Sun)




see also
Thursday's gossip column
21 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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