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Saturday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

2220 BST: David Beckham claims he will not be joining Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge should the AC Milan coach move to Chelsea in the summer.

However, the England midfielder didn't rule out the chance of a return to Real Madrid. (LA Times)

2025 BST: Former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini says he is "flattered" to be linked with the vacant Sunderland manager's job.

He said: "Having completed a year of media commitments I'm now ready to return to full-time management. Ideally I would like that to be in the Premier League. I want to test myself against the very best." (Sky Sports)

1135 BST: Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has put a price tag on winger Franck Ribery of "at least 100m euros (£87m)".

"If I hear that there was an offer for 125m euros for Kaka, then Ribery has a market value of at least 100m," said Hoeness.
(Bild newspaper)

1130 BST: Former Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood insists he has given no thought to the prospect of replacing Mixu Paatelainen as Hibernian manager.
(Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Everton manager David Moyes wants to offer Newcastle striker Michael Owen a chance to extend his Premier League career.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is set to undergo groin surgery, putting on hold his proposed £7.5m move to Italian side Fiorentina.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to overhaul his squad over the summer with utility player Emmanuel Eboue, striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender William Gallas the likely departures. (Daily Mirror)

Russia and CSKA Moscow left-back Yuri Zhirkov will join Chelsea this summer for a fee of £18.6m.
(Full story: The Sun)

West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green has turned down the offer of a new contract, which will alert London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Bolton want to give Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes one final season of first-team football.
(Full story: The Sun)

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is questioning his Old Trafford future after being left on the bench for Wednesday's Champions League final. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas will have worried his bosses in London with comments that it would be a dream to play for Champions League winners Barcelona.
(Full story: Daily Express)

Real Madrid presidential hopeful Florentino Perez has claimed "an agreement" is in place for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo to join the club. (Various)
(Full story: The Guardian)

Winger Stewart Downing has been told he can leave relegated Middlesbrough, as long as it is not for Tottenham.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has no intention of leaving the club over the summer, and according to his agent, he wants to honour the three years left on his contract.
(Full story: The Guardian)

New Ipswich boss Roy Keane could make a £500,000 bid for QPR defender Damien Delaney. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United boss Sir Alex, is wanted by Wigan to replace the Sunderland-bound Steve Bruce.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Darren Ferguson is also wanted by Reading but a row over his compensation fee could scupper a move to the Madejski Stadium.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Celtic could make a surprise move for West Ham number two Steve Clarke as they look to fill the managerial vacancy left by Gordon Strachan's departure. (The Sun)

Portsmouth could have problems if prospective new owner Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim wants to appoint a new manager, as Pompey have already agreed terms with caretaker boss Paul Hart.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

The consequences of Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League has been brought into stark reality with the news that 120 administrative and commercial staff are set to lose their jobs.
(Full story: The Times)

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner wants to sign a new contract with the club, even though his current deal does not expire until 2012.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

The Scottish Football Association has been lambasted over their decision to agree to allow England to field a British team at the London 2012 Olympics.
(Full story: Daily Record)

Former Hearts captain Steven Pressley will hang up his boots after playing Saturday's Scottish Cup Final for Falkirk. (Daily Record)
(Full story: Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Coverage of the FA Cup final always sees a hefty chunk of nostalgia and this year is no exception. It is 17 years since their popular ITV show came off our screens but 'Saint & Greavsie', former Liverpool forward Ian St John and ex-Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves, are back on Setanta for a one-off show as part of the build up to the clash between Chelsea and Everton.

The pair are as outspoken as ever and are not too impressed with the football programmes on offer today. "No way as good as ours," says Greaves.
(Full story: The Guardian)



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see also
Transfers - May 2009
24 May 09 |  Football
Saturday's Scottish gossip
30 May 09 |  Scottish Premier
Friday's gossip column
29 May 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
28 May 09 |  Gossip


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