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Tuesday's gossip column

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1416 BST: Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is resigned to losing player of the season Tuncay Sanli in the summer, following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

"We have to be realistic," said Southgate. "Tuncay is an international player who is captain of his country. He has given everything right to the end, he's a very special person and he's been a pleasure to work with. It's obviously going to be very hard to keep him." (AFP)

1330 BST: Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin says his future at Fratton Park is in doubt while the club decide who will be the next manager. (Press Association)

1303 BST: Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly is not convinced that Carlo Ancelotti wants to leave AC Milan for Stamford Bridge. Desailly also believes that Chelsea are using speculation over Ancelotti to cover their attempts to land another manager. (Press Association)

1302 BST: FC Twente coach Steve McClaren says it would be in 20-year-old Marko Arnautovic's best interests to stay at the club, amid reports that the striker will be leaving for Chelsea or Inter Milan. (Dutch newspaper AD Sportwereld)

1229 BST: Former Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will take charge of the club again on 1 June because the only other candidate still in the race will be unable to lodge the required bank guarantee of £50.3m. (Spanish newspaper AS)

1223 BST: West Brom skipper Jonathan Greening says he would welcome the signing of Barry Ferguson should the midfielder leave Rangers over the summer.

Greening said: "Barry Ferguson is the the kind of player who would make a big statement. He has played at the top level for a long, long time. The gaffer likes him a lot and, if he came to Albion, then it would be a real coup." (Press Association)

1158 BST: Inter Milan's Ricardo Quaresma is set for a summer move to Genoa following his loan spell at Chelsea.

"There is an agreement with Quaresma and we will get him in joint ownership with Inter for 10m euros (£8.8m)," said Genoa president Enrico Preziosi. (Press Association)

1148 BST: Bundesliga side Hamburg are poised to lose coach Martin Jol to Dutch giants Ajax as a replacement for Marco van Basten. (German newspaper Bild)


Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra is trying to persuade Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery to come to Old Trafford.
(Full story: The Sun)

Manchester City and Tottenham are battling it out for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.
(Full story: Daily Star)

West Brom defender Paul Robinson says he will leave the relegated club as he wants to play in the Premier League.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have made an £8m bid for Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are ready to make another bid for Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov, who is currently playing for Manchester City.
(Full story: The Sun)

Chelsea are confident they have beaten Inter Milan in the race to sign FC Twente striker Marko Arnautovic.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Defender Michael Turner has disappointed Liverpool by pledging his future to Hull. (Various)

Wolves have abandoned plans to sign Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone after being quoted £8m for the 22-year-old.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Rangers manager Walter Smith is set to offload midfielder Barry Ferguson this summer rather than risk him going on a free next year.
(Full story: Daily Record)

Tottenham are ready to listen to offers for Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko and are set to step up their chase for Djibril Cisse.
(Full story: The Guardian)


Newcastle are ready to offer Alan Shearer a four-year contract as they look to bounce back into the Premier League.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Shearer has been told that £30m must be slashed from Newcastle's wage budget following their relegation to the Championship.
(Full story: Daily Star)

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray is the favourite to succeed Gordon Strachan at Celtic.
(Full story: The Sun)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has been strongly linked with the vacant manager's position at Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)

However, Strachan is not a target for Sunderland.
(Full story: The Independent)

Strachan told family and friends last week that he would be standing down as Celtic manager.
(Full story: Daily Record)

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says following his FA Cup semi-final miss, he will not want to step up should the Champions League final go to a penalty shoot-out.
(Full story: The Sun)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate says the club needs to be in the Championship promotion hunt by Christmas if he is to remain in his job.
(Full story: The Sun)

Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd is hoping to beat Jim Magilton to the QPR manager's job. (Daily Star)


One person that is revelling in Burnley's promotion to the Premier League is former Labour press chief Alastair Campbell. He says Burnley's achievement was "even better than playing football in a charity match with Diego Maradona in front of 72,000 people".
(Full story: The Sun)

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see also
Transfers - May 2009
24 May 09 |  Football
Monday's gossip column
25 May 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
25 May 09 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
24 May 09 |  Gossip

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