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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Billionaire businessman Sulaiman Al-Fahim, the front man of Manchester City's new owners Abu Dhabi United Group, says he is willing to spend 135m on Cristiano Ronaldo to bring the Manchester United winger. (The Guardian, 2147 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Everton manager David Moyes was turned down when he made a cheeky enquiry about taking Newcastle's former Liverpool striker Michael Owen back to Merseyside. (The Sun)

But the Toffees have agreed a record 12m deal for CSKA Moscow's Brazilian star Vagner Love - but he will not arrive until January as CSKA have demanded that the forward stays until the end of the Russian season. (Daily Mirror)

606: DEBATE
West Ham still want to sign Ghana skipper Steven Appiah, despite Monday's transfer deadline. The midfielder can move as a free agent from Turkish club Fenerbahce. (The Sun)

Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock wants to make Emile Mpenza the best-paid player in Argyle's history. The former Belgium striker can sign despite the closure of the transfer window because he is officially unemployed. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers rejected a deadline day approach from West Bromwich Albion for midfielder Kevin Thomson. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, the Ibrox club are still hoping to offload striker Jean-Claude Darcheville and Brahim Hemdani even though the transfer window has closed. Rangers want to take advantage of the 'wild card' system in France's Ligue 1 which allows each club to register one player between September and December. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Abu Dhabi United Group considered buying Arsenal, Liverpool or Newcastle before choosing Manchester City. (The Sun)

Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim, the front man for ADUG, is known as the 'Donald Trump of Abu Dhabi' as he is a larger-than-life businessman best known for his reality TV exploits. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is battling to be fit for England's World Cup qualifying match against Andorra on Saturday after injuring a thigh muscle. (The Sun)

Former Cambridge manager Jimmy Quinn is being lined up as the new boss of Bournemouth after Kevin Bond was sacked on Monday. (Daily Mirror)

Kevin Keegan's future as Newcastle United manager was back in the balance after a summit with the club's hierarchy. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane, who has recruited nine players this summer, has admitted the influx of new faces into his club has to stop. (The Telegraph)

Rangers manager Walter Smith first found out about Daniel Cousin's move from Ibrox to Hull City on television. Smith and his assistant Ally McCoist were under the impression the absent Cousin was in fact with the Gabon national squad. (The Mirror)

AND FINALLY

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed he wants to manage the Anfield club one day and knock Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson "off his perch". (Daily Mirror)




see also
Monday's gossip column
01 Sep 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - September 2008
02 Sep 08 |  Football
Deadline-day transfer deals
02 Sep 08 |  Football
Premier League ins and outs
02 Sep 08 |  Premier League
SPL ins and outs
02 Sep 08 |  Scottish Premier


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