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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has denied claims he made a deadline day bid to sign Newcastle United's Joey Barton. (Portsmouth News 1101 BST)

LATEST KEEGAN GOSSIP

Kevin Keegan's row with the Newcastle hierarchy centred on owner Mike Ashley trying to sell striker Michael Owen and midfielder Joey Barton without the manager's consent. (Various)

Keegan is being forced out of Newcastle after a bitter rift over transfers with executive director Dennis Wise. (Various)

Keegan is consulting his legal team and could launch a claim for constructive dismissal against Newcastle owner Ashley. (Daily Mail)

606: DEBATE

Keegan is facing the end of his Newcastle reign and a multi-million pound compensation battle with the club's hierarchy.(Various)

Wise and his former assistant at Leeds, Gus Poyet, who is now first-team coach at Tottenham, are in line to take over at St James' Park if Keegan's departure is confirmed. (Various)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester City's new owners will follow up a 135m bid for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo with offers for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Arsenal midfield man Cesc Fabregas. (The Times)

Everton pulled out of a deal for Newcastle striker Alan Smith on deadline day after discovering his price tag had increased from 2.8m. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has demanded significant funds to strengthen his squad in January after losing out on Robinho to Manchester City. (The Times)

Scolari is feeling "angry and let down" by Chelsea's failure to sign Robinho. (The Sun)

Wigan are poised to sign Richard Kingson - the keeper branded "a complete waste of space" by Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Everton boss David Moyes is ready to sign a new contract after landing 15m record signing Marouane Fellaini. (The Guardian)

Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett could be ready to sell to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed. (The Times)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley's future is in doubt after he was unhappy at the deadline day sale of defender George McCartney to Sunderland. (Various)

Curbishley's problems have increased after a dressing-room row with club captain Lucas Neill after the 4-1 win against Blackburn Rovers. (The Independent)

AND FINALLY

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher's book reveals how Sven-Goran Eriksson offered dating advice to England's players when he said: "There's no need to have girls in the team hotel. If you see someone you like, just get her phone number and arrange to go to her house after the game. Then we will have no problems."




see also
Tuesday's gossip column
02 Sep 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - September 2008
02 Sep 08 |  Football


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