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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Chelsea are preparing a huge bid for Valencia striker David Villa. (Press Association, 2243 BST)


AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has told Chelsea he is ready to take over from interim manager Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge this summer. (The Sun)
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However, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has insisted that neither Ancelotti nor their Brazilian playmaker Kaka will be leaving the Italian club. (The Times)
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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is planning a £5m swoop for highly rated Porto left-back Aly Cissokho, who impressed in the Portuguese side's 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Tuesday. (The Sun)
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Another Porto player who could be heading to Tottenham is striker Wason Renteria, who says that the London club have contacted him about a possible summer transfer. (Setanta)
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Manchester City have set their sights on cash-strapped Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. (The Sun)
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Everton right-back Lars Jacobsen could be leaving the club in the summer to join Bayern Munich after making only one appearance for the Blues, in last month's 2-1 defeat to Portsmouth. (The Sun)
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Zenit St Peterburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is keen on a move to England, so long as it is to "one of the strongest teams". (Daily Mail)
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West Brom midfielder James Morrison says he would have to weigh up his options should an offer from another Premier League team should West Brom be relegated. (Guardian)
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Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink says he would like to go back to Holland and rejoin his old club PSV Eindhoven, but he's not in a hurry to do so. (Daily Record)
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Hearts winger Deividas Cesnauskis has instructed his agent to find him a new club outside the UK for next season. (Daily Express)

Watford's Hungarian international striker Tamas Priskin is attracting interest from Premier League clubs according to his agent. (Sky Sports)
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Former Tottenham manager and current Hamburg boss Martin Jol has put Premier League clubs on alert by stating he would like to return to England. (Various)

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor says the spectacular overhead kick he executed against Villarreal on Tuesday night is the best goal he has scored. (Various)

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock says he has no intention of quitting this summer, despite the club's poor season. (The Sun)
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QPR boss Paulo Sousa is on the verge of being sacked after his position at the club was weakened by the termination of assistant manager Bruno Oliveira's contract on Monday. (Various)

Former England manager Steve McClaren, who is currently at the helm of FC Twente, has backed his former club Middlesbrough to escape relegation this season. (Daily Express)
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West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has insisted he was right to splash out £5.5m on winger Savio and has backed the 19-year-old to come good. (The Sun)
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Former Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe has refused to rule out a return to the Saints if it would help the club. (Guardian)
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Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has blasted the Scottish Football Association over a rule which sees midfielder Scott Brown banned for two matches, one of which has yet to be scheduled. (Daily Mail)
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Rangers manager Walter Smith will let Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor save their careers if they apologise for their part in the 'Boozegate' incident, which saw them involved in a drinking session while on Scotland duty. (Daily Record)
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Clyde will be unable to switch grounds unless the Scottish Football League give them permission to do so as the Broadwood club face eviction from their current home. (Daily Record)
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Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has revealed that his players have transferred their desire to win go-karting races during the team's trip to Malta last month into a drive to succeed in their chase for an automatic promotion spot. (The Sun)
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Manchester City's £10m striker Craig Bellamy says he is ready to get back in touch with his trainee roots and in order to prove his worth to the club he would gladly clean the boots of any big-name signings who force him out of the team. (Various)

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see also
Transfers - April 2009
02 Apr 09 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
08 Apr 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
07 Apr 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
09 Apr 09 |  Scottish Premier

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