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Thursday's gossip column

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1632: Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has told Radio La Red in Argentina that he wants the Anfield club to sign his national team-mate Carlos Tevez from Manchester United.

1545: The agent of striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who spent the second half of this season on loan at West Brom from Nancy, has told the Express & Star newspaper that both Wolves and Fulham are interested in signing him.
(Full story: The Express & Star)

1511: Marseille striker Djibril Cisse is free to go on loan to another Premier League club, having played for Sunderland this season, sporting director Jose Anigo tells La Provence newspaper.

0955: Bayern Munich tell BBC Sport there has been no approach for Franck Ribery and he wants to stay at the club. "He is contracted until 2011 and we want to extend his deal," said a spokesperson.


Chelsea are in talks to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery for £43m. Manchester United also want the 26-year-old French international as a potential replacement for winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
(Full story: The Sun)

Chelsea may be forced to pay a British transfer record of £45m if they are to land Ribery. (Daily Star)

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is planning an £8m move for Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Elano.
(Full story: The Sun)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has lined up Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez as a long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso. Bilbao want £10m for the 20-year-old.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa have inquired about midfielder David Bentley's future at Tottenham.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Wolves are lining up a £3m move for Red Star Belgrade's Serbia midfielder Nenad Milijas. The 26-year-old is also wanted by CSKA Moscow and Roma.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is considering a swoop for two Wigan players - midfielder Michael Brown and defender Emmerson Boyce.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune is weighing up an offer from Portsmouth after spending the end of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion. (The Sun)

Stoke will offer midfielder Liam Lawrence a bumper new contract to ward off interest from Portsmouth.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Bolton and Blackburn are fighting it out for Villarreal's Chile international Matias Fernandez. The 23-year-old midfielder will make a decision once the Spanish season ends at the weekend. (The Sun)

Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire has conceded he is ready to make his loan move to Olympiakos a permanent one. The Greek side are lining up a £3m bid for the 23-year-old. (Daily Star)

And Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is ready to raid Marseille for Argentine defender Renato Civelli.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Hull are weighing up a move for former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller, 28, after he was released by QPR.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Arsenal are set to sign Cheltenham's 15-year-old prodigy Jamie Edge for a basic fee of £100,000. Midfielder Edge chose Arsenal over Manchester United.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Middlesbrough have put winger Stewart Downing up for sale but only to a top-four club.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Derby have had a £400,000 bid rejected for Blackpool defender Shaun Barker. (The Sun)

Derby have even offered striker Liam Dickinson to Blackpool along with £400,000 to try to snare 26-year-old Barker. (Daily Star)

Rangers manager Walter Smith is planning a £3m move for West Bromwich Albion striker Chris Brunt. The 24-year-old is a boyhood fan of the Glasgow club. (Full story: Daily Record)

Inverness winger Filipe Morais will quit the relegated club. The 23-year-old is weighing up offers from the SPL and England. (Full story: Daily Record)


Wigan will look to Swansea boss Roberto Martinez if Sunderland agree to pay the £5m in compensation to take Latics manager Steve Bruce to the Stadium of Light.
(Full story: The Times)

Alan Shearer, who is set to become the permanent manager of Newcastle, is playing hardball with Magpies owner Mike Ashley over a £15m to £20m transfer pot for next season.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Arsenal forward Robin Van Persie is stalling on a contract extension at the Emirates.
(Daily Star)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez plans to shake up his backroom staff by replacing four coaches. Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish is tipped for an advisory role, while former Reds midfielder Gary McAllister could come in as a coach.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

AFC Wimbledon are planning a multi-million pound move back to Plough Lane. The club, who have been promoted to the Blue Square Premier, want to develop Wimbledon greyhound stadium.
(Full story: Daily Mail)


Bristol City's ground is set to become a Tesco store. The club will raise £20m from the sale of Ashton Gate to put towards the cost of a new 30,000 all-seater stadium at Ashton Vale. (The Sun)

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see also
Transfers - May 2009
24 May 09 |  Football
Thursday's Scottish gossip
28 May 09 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
27 May 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
26 May 09 |  Gossip

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