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Saturday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Brazil forward Robinho is set to repeat his desire to leave Real Madrid for Chelsea at a news conference he has called for Sunday (1100 BST), Spanish media have reported. (PA)

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says Robinho would be staying with the Spanish side, despite the player saying he is still in talks with English club Chelsea. 'He's going to stay here, I'm saying that, he's a good boy, just badly advised,' Calderon said. (Spanish daily ABC).


Manchester United face late competition from German giants Bayern Munich to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham.(Various)

The Bulgarian striker's move from White Hart Lane is likely to be confirmed as soon as Spurs have wrapped up the purchase of Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. (Various)

But Pavlyuchenko's international team-mate Andrei Arshavin is unlikely to join him at Spurs as Zenit St Petersburg says the London club have failed to meet their asking price of 22m. (Various)

Tottenham are in the market for tough-tackling Portuguese defender Miguel Veloso, currently at Sporting Lisbon. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea's 32m deal for Robinho is in danger of collapse after he was ordered to train by Real Madrid when he was supposed to be in London sealing his transfer to the Blues. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is poised to make an audacious move for West Ham's England striker Dean Ashton after missing out on Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror)


West Ham could make a late swoop for former Birmingham striker Walter Pandiani, who is at Spanish side Osasuna. (Daily Mirror)

Pablo Zabaleta claims he turned down Juventus to join Manchester City and his arrival could allow Croatia right-back Vedran Corluka to complete a switch to Tottenham. (Times)

Striker Louis Saha is likely to finalise a switch to Everton after being allowed to leave Manchester United on a free. (Times)

Bolton are to sign Racing Santander striker Ebi Smolarek on a 12-month loan with a view to a permanent move. (Times)

Liverpool are closing in on signing 8m Espanyol midfielder Albert Riera, who was linked with rivals Everton. (Sun)

Tottenham are interested in Anderlecht defender Nicolas Pareja, who has just won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina. (Daily Mail)

Tyrone Mears' Derby career looks finished after he jetted off for a trial at Marsaille without bothering to tell Rams manager Paul Jewell. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is a target of Blackburn boss Paul Ince, who may try and seal a deal before Monday's deadline. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa could make a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Peguy Luyindula. (Times)

Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani has turned down the chance to join Turkish side Kocaelispor. (Daily Mail/The Herald)

AEK Athens have targeted Rangers striker Jean-Claude Darcheville for a move to Greece. (Various).

Celtic want to sign Tottenham Hotspur's German midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move. (Daily Express)


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has asked Gunners fans to stop booing Emmanuel Adebayor because of his demand to leave the club earlier in the summer. (Various)

Shaun Wright-Phillips says he has no hard feelings after he ended his spell at Chelsea and re-signed for Manchester City, insisting he never felt unwanted at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)

Rafa Benitez has told Fabio Capello that Liverpool came before England, and that any decisions taken over Steven Gerrard's medical treatment were exclusively Liverpool's concern. (Daily Telegraph).


Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate admits he is having to fend off disgruntled players who are unable to make his starting line-up. "A few of them have been knocking on my door," he said. "I've created an issue for myself because I always like to explain why they're not included." (Daily Star)

see also
Thursday's gossip column
28 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
29 Aug 08 |  Gossip

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