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Sunday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City are set to launch a sensational summer swoop for ex-Arsenal and current Barcelona striker Thierry Henry, after asking super-agent Pini Zahavi to set up a deal. (News of the World)

Gareth Barry has reopened the way for an £18m move to Liverpool in the summer after rejecting the chance to negotiate a new contract with Aston Villa. (Sunday Express)

Villa boss Martin O'Neill may soften the blow of possibly losing Barry by luring Wes Brown from Manchester United in a £3.5m deal. (The People)

Another player looking to resurrect a long-mooted move is Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing who remains keen on a £15m move to Tottenham. (Sunday Express)

French international Yohan Cabaye could be set for a move to Arsenal after the 23-year-old admitted he was "flattered" by reported interest from the Gunners. (News of the World)

Everton have lined up PSV wonderkid Dirk Marcellis, who replaced Alex after the centre-back moved to Chelsea. (News of the World)

Nemanja Vidic has told both Milan clubs to forget about pursuing his signature as he is staying with Manchester United. (Daily Star Sunday)

Leeds are set to take Manchester City's Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss on loan to help their push for promotion. (Observer)

West Ham defender Lucas Neill is keen to move back to Australia and end his career in his home country's A-League. (Independent on Sunday)

Bayern Munich have asked Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni to give his assessment of Celtic winger Aiden McGeady, who could become a target for the German club. (Daily Mail)

Rangers could make moves for Manchester United youngsters Federico Macheda and Rodrigo Possebon. (News of the World)

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish will renew his attempts to sign Rangers striker Kris Boyd in the summer. (News of the World)

Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani is attracting interest from clubs in Dubai. (Sunday Mail)

Lokomotiv Moscow could make a move for Hibernian striker Derek Riordan. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea will appoint Frank Rijkaard as their new manager in the summer after the former Barcelona boss was given a glowing endorsement from fellow Dutchman and interim Blues coach Guus Hiddink. (Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday)

Hull boss Phil Brown says he will continue to get under opponents skin if it means helping the Tigers avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Daily Star Sunday)

Louis van Gaal, Roberto Mancini and Gerard Houllier are being considered as options to take over at Sunderland next season. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United's second string keeper Ben Foster is set to earn an England call-up after his heroics in helping his side win the Carling Cup. (Various)

Liverpool will offer captain Steven Gerrard a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2013, while Fernando Torres, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt will also be get new deals. (News of the World)

Johnny Evans and Park Ji-Sung will also be offered new deals by Manchester United. (News of the World)

Scotland manager George Burley is set to pick Craig Gordon for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands, despite the Sunderland goalkeeper's lack of first-team action. (News of the World, Sunday Times)

Partick Thistle are considering selling their stadium in order to clear debts. The Jags would then become tenants of the Firhill ground. (Sunday Times)

Dundee United boss Craig Levein admits he harbours ambitions to once again manage in England, having previously been in charge of Leicester City. (Sunday Times)

Celtic defender Darren O'Dea believes he may have to become a utility player like Manchester United's John O'Shea in order to become a first-team regular in Gordon Strachan's side. (Sunday Mail/Sunday Times)

Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson admits recent criticism of his performances may make him re-consider his long-term ambition of becoming a manager. (Sunday Herald/Sunday Mail)

Ayr United claim they have not received their fair share of gate receipts from the recent Homecoming Scottish Cup defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and have sought the help of the Scottish Football Association to resolve the issue. (Sunday Mail)

AND FINALLY

Liverpool's Fabio Aurelio has credited his free-kick prowess to tutoring from Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who has scored 47 set-pieces for Aurelio's former Brazilian club. (The Times)

Real Madrid have snapped up one of Arsenal's top men - award-winning groundsman Paul Burgess, who will put his skills to good use on the playing surface at the Bernabeau from now on. (Sunday Express)



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see also
Saturday's gossip column
21 Mar 09 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
20 Mar 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
19 Mar 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
18 Mar 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
17 Mar 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - March 2009
21 Mar 09 |  Football


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