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Wednesday's gossip column

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Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has denied criticising Manchester in an interview with Russian football magazine Football Weekly (see below).

The Serbian told the club website: "I did not make these particular remarks. I enjoy my football here very much, am happy to be here, and have far too much respect for the people of Manchester, and England, to criticise them in this way." ( 1312)

Kaka claims he has no intention of joining Chelsea and has pledged his future to AC Milan. "Me going to Chelsea? I'm staying as a Rossoneri player," he said. (La Gazzetta dello Sport 0915)


Chelsea will make a final 80m bid for AC Milan's Kaka, with the Brazil star reportedly keen on a move after the arrival of compatriot Ronaldinho at the San Siro, whose lifestyle does not meet with Kaka's approval. (Daily Mail)

The 26-year-old is being lured with a 200,000-a-week offer to join Luis Felipe Scolari's team. (Daily Mirror)

One Brazilian who looks certain to move to Stamford Bridge is Robinho after Chelsea agreed a 28.6m deal with Real Madrid. The Spanish club are preparing to replace the striker with Valencia's David Villa or Villareal's Santi Cazorla. (The Guardian)

Meanwhile Blues winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been told to choose between a move to former club Manchester City or Everton, with Portsmouth deterred by the 10m price tag. (The Guardian)

Espanyol midfielder Albert Riera moved a step closer to becoming a Liverpool player in an 8m switch, with Liverpool set to recoup that money should they qualify for the Champions League group stage. (The Times)

Everton will discover whether their bid for Cameroon international midfielder Stephane M'Bia has been accepted by Rennes. The French club are holding out for 10m. (Daily Express)

Newcastle and Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Standard Liege midfielder Marouane Felliani, although they could be put off by the Belgian club's 10m price tag. (Daily Mail)

Stoke and Blackburn lead the contenders for Lens midfielder Kanga Akale. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa will press ahead with plans to sign James Milner for 9m from Newcastle. (Guardian)

Four Championship clubs - Charlton, Ipswich, Bristol City and Norwich - are chasing Bolton's 1m-rated Iceland international striker Heidar Helguson. (Daily Star)

South Africa international midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi claims he is close to joining Fulham from Golden Arrows. (The Times)

Celtic defender Bobo Balde is close to joining Birmingham City on a two-year deal. (The Sun)

Should Balde be taken off Celtic's wage bill, manager Gordon Strachan may make a 3m bid for Hartlepool striker James Brown. (Daily Record)

However, one man who is unlikely to join the Glasgow club is Czech left-back Michal Kadlec, with Sparta Prague demanding 1m for a one-year loan. (Daily Mail)


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could drop striker Emmanuel Adebayor for the Champions League second leg qualifier against FC Twente after his indifferent display in the 1-0 defeat by Fulham. (Daily Star)

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan will discuss his transfer plans as well as a new contract for striker Michael Owen in a meeting with owner Mike Ashley on Wednesday. (The Independent)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has urged the club to spend money on new players before the end of the transfer window. (Daily Express)

Midfielder David Dunn could be in line for a new Blackburn Rovers contract after impressing manager Paul Ince. (The Independent)


Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic is not too impressed with the weather in the north west. "In England they say that Manchester is the city of rain. Its main attraction is considered to be the timetable at the railway station where trains leave for other, less rainy cities." The Serbia defender also believes Britons are too busy to "feel the joy of life". (The Guardian)

Vidic's team-mate Anderson has been the butt of jokes at United's Carrington training ground - because of the state of his hair. The Brazilian could not find a braider in Beijing during the Olympics, which has left his barnet in a state of disarray, much to the amusement of his club colleagues. (Daily Express)

see also
Tuesday's gossip column
26 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
25 Aug 08 |  Gossip
Premier League ins and outs
22 Aug 08 |  Premier League
SPL ins and outs
21 Aug 08 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - August 2008
22 Aug 08 |  Gossip

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