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Thursday's gossip column

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Tottenham and Everton have both been linked with a move for 36-year-old former Celtic and Manchester United striker Henrik Larsson, whose Helsingborg contract is due to expire in November. (Daily Mail, 2356 BST)

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insists that Robinho's move to Chelsea will not go ahead unless the Spanish giants can secure an adequate replacement. Reports suggest a deal to bring the Brazilian forward to Stamford Bridge is all but completed, but after Real missed out on signing Valencia striker David Villa, Calderon is now keen to hang onto the 24-year-old. (, 2316 BST)

Arsenal target Jonathan de Guzman is unlikely to leave Feyenoord before the transfer window closes, says his agent. "I don't expect a transfer of Jonathan this summer," Jan de Visser told Sportweek . "The price that Feyenoord ask for him is too much for the interested clubs." (Press Association, 1624 BST)

Osasuna striker Walter Pandiani is in talks with Premier League clubs, according to his agent Eugenio Botas. Fulham and West Ham have been linked with the Uruguay international. (Setanta, 1130 BST)

New Inter striker Victor Obinna Nsofor will be immediately loaned out to Everton. The 21-year-old Nigeria international striker made his name in Serie A with Chievo. (, 1020 BST)


Brazil striker Robinho is so close to completing his 28m move to Chelsea he could make his home debut against Tottenham on Sunday. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips could undergo a medical with Manchester City on Thursday as he nears a 9m return to Eastlands. (The Sun, Guardian)

And City could make a move for Brazil striker Ronaldo, who is currently without a club after being released by Italian giants AC Milan. Boss Mark Hughes is also eyeing Espanyol's 5m-rated right-back Pablo Zabaleta. (Daily Mail)

The Argentine could well be a replacement for Croatia defender Vedran Corluka, who is still an 8m target for Tottenham. (The Times)

Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing Espanyol's Albert Riera in an 8m deal - and the midfielder could feature in Sunday's match against Aston Villa. (Daily Express)


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is chasing Feyenoord's tough-tackling Jonathan de Guzman as the ideal midfield foil for playmaker Cesc Fabregas. However, the Canadian-born 20-year-old will cost up to 12m. (The Sun)

Blackburn are checking out Sparta Prague full-back Michal Kadlec, who has also been linked with a move to Celtic. Rovers boss Paul Ince has seen a 1m bid for Bolton keeper Ali Al-Habsi turned down. (Mirror)

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has told unsettled striker Mido he is not leaving the Riverside, despite rumours linking the Egyptian striker with moves to Wigan and German side Hamburg. (Mirror)

Southgate has also revived his interest in US international midfielder Michael Bradley, who plays for Dutch side Heerenveen. (Daily Mail)

West Ham have offered Benfica's Ivory Coast centre-back Marco Zoro a trial. (The Times)

Celtic striker Derek Riordan could return to former club Hibernian, if the Edinburgh are willing to pay 250,000. Hibs want the player on loan but Celtic are not interested in a temporary transfer. (Daily Record)

However, Hibs' Edinburgh rivals Hearts are also keen to sign Riordan, with the player believed to be interested in a move to Tynecastle. (The Sun)

West Bromwich Albion are hoping to beat Midlands rivals Birmingham City to the signature of Celtic defender Bobo Balde. (The Sun)

Motherwell are keen to bring defender Maros Klimpi to Fir Park on loan after the Slovakian international impressed during a trial from Danish club Midtjylland. (Daily Express/Daily Express)

Turkish side Kocaelispor are interested in signing Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani. (Daily Mail)


Tottenham could recall wantaway striker Dimitar Berbatov for their London derby against Chelsea on Sunday. (Telegraph)

Spurs 12m target Roman Pavlyuchenko would not be able to play in the north London club's Uefa Cup campaign having already played for Spartak Moscow in a third-round Champions League qualifier, a 4-1 defeat by Dynamo Kiev. (Guardian)

Although they have revived their interest in Zenit St Petersburg's Andrei Arshavin, Spurs had explored the possibility of signing Wigan striker Emile Heskey, as well as Juventus' Italy international Vincenzo Iaquinta. (Independent)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan could seek showdown talks with executive director Dennis Wise if midfielder James Milner is sold to Aston Villa. (The Sun)

Hull manager Phil Brown admits the search for a striker is his main priority after his side were dumped out of the Carling Cup by Championship side Swansea. (Mirror)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley insists he has the backing of the club's board of directors, despite speculation about his future at Upton Park. (Various)

Wigan winger Antonio Valencia could be in trouble with Fifa after missing Ecuador's friendly with Colombia last week. (The Sun)


It seems Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is not too happy with taxes in Britain. Asked what he would do if he became Prime Minister, the Togo international said: "I would try to keep down the tax. In London I would like to change the congestion charge." (The Sun)

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

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