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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Motherwell boss Mark McGhee is the new favourite to take over Celtic boss, with the odds tumbling on him succeeding Gordon Strachan. (Various, 1830 BST)

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has denied reports he said he wants to leave the club, saying he was misquoted in an interview with a Swedish newspaper.
Full story: Express and Star, 1503 BST)

Rennes midfielder Stephane M'Bia has agreed to join Everton, according to reports in France.
(Full story: Setanta Sports, (1419 BST)

Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena seems set for a return to Italy after asking manager Rafael Benitez for a move away from Anfield. (Tuttosport, 1352 BST)

Valencia winger David Silva says he is flattered by reported interest from Real Madrid, but says he knows nothing about a proposed move to the Bernabeu. (Press Association, 1349 BST)

Udinese's 22-year-old defender Cristian Zapata has claimed Arsenal are among the clubs interested in acquiring his services this summer (Press Association, 1111 BST)

Real Madrid want to sign Bayern Munich's French winger Franck Ribery and will begin talks with the German giants. (Reuters, 1106 BST)

Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would welcome a move to Barcelona, his agent said on Friday following reports the clubs were discussing a deal. (Press Association 0847 BST)


Manchester United will sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid if the Spanish giants stump up a stunning £75m.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

If Real do not sign the Portugal international winger by the end of the month they will have to pay him £26m as a result of a promise made to him by the club's former president Ramon Calderon.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Real's vice-president Fernando Tapias appeared to confirm on Spanish radio that the club does indeed have such a penalty clause written into an alleged pre-contract agreement made between Calderon and Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes.
(Full story: The Independent)

Meanwhile, new Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said he believes Ronaldo has a £75m get-out clause in his United contract and said he is "working to bring Ronaldo to Real Madrid". Perez also all but confirmed that AC Milan's Brazilian superstar Kaka will join the club for £62m.
(Full story: The Sun)

Yet another seemingly Madrid-bound star is Valencia's David Silva. Liverpool are also keen on the midfielder but look as though they will miss out on him after he had talks at the Bernabeu.
(Full story: The Times)

Chelsea are set to offer Ashley Cole a £27m four-year deal in order to fend off interest in him from Barcelona, who are believed to be ready to bid £20m for the left-back.
(Full story: The Sun)

As well as hanging on to their best players, Blues midfielder Frank Lampard has urged the club to sign "someone to do something special", identifying a need for a creative midfielder or a striker.
(Full story: The Independent)

The players Lampard has in mind are Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Valencia's David Villa.
(Full story: The Guardian)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure, brother of Gunners defender Kolo, to the club and is set to bid £12m for him.
(Full story: The Sun)

The Gunners are favourites to beat Manchester City to the signature of £8m-rated Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, who they see as a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

But Arsenal face competition for the Bosnian from Manchester City, who are also looking at Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz, Portsmouth's Peter Crouch and Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o.
(Full story: The Guardian)

Adebayor's future, meanwhile, could be in Italy as AC Milan are believed to be poised to make a £15m bid for the Togo striker.
(Full story: The Sun)

Aston Villa are bracing themselves for a battle to hold on to Ashley Young, with Chelsea and Real Madrid set to be interested in the £20m-rated winger.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Villa have targeted Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone as a replacement for Gareth Barry and will bid £6m for him. (Mirror)
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

David Bentley could also make the switch from White Hart Lane to Villa Park, but only if Spurs are prepared to accept £5m less than the £15m they paid Blackburn for him.
(Full story: Daily Star)

The clear-out at Spurs could also see Didier Zokora join Sevilla - but the Spaniards are thought to want to pay £2m less than the Londoners' £8m valuation of their man.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Manchester City want to sign Liverpool's Xabi Alonso as they want him to form a midfield partnership with their new £12m signing Barry.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Sunderland want to sign 6ft 8in Serbian striker Nikola Zigic. New boss Steve Bruce is set to sanction a club record £10m bid for the Valencia player.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Bruce also wants to raid former club Wigan to sign midfielder Lee Cattermole. (The Sun)

Bolton and Birmingham are competing to sign Anderlecht's Argentine playmaker Lucas Biglia, who would cost about £6m. The pair are also battling to snap up ex-Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davies.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Birmingham are also eager to capture Cardiff defender Roger Johnson and are set to increase their offer for him from £3.5m to £5m. (The Sun)

Everton have warned Manchester City that defender Joleon Lescott is not for sale. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham want to hijack Everton's £6m swoop for Rennes full-back Rod Fanni. (Various)

The Hammers are set to send teenage striker Freddie Sears out on a season-long loan to Sheffield Wednesday. (The Sun)

Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire could be priced out of a move to Greek side Olympiakos as Rovers are holding out for £2m more than the £3m bid they have received.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is lining up a bid for Marseille striker Djibril Cisse, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland. But the Frenchman is believed to prefer a move to Tottenham.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Roberto Martinez's first step as Wigan manager could be to sign Hamilton's teenage midfielder James McCarthy. (The Herald)

New Wigan boss Roberto Martinez could also make a move for Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher. (Daily Mail)

Red Bull Salzburg defender Ronald Gercaliu says PAOK Salonika are vying with Celtic for his signature. (Daily Express)

Celtic, Bolton and Genoa are interested in Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes. (Daily Express)

Wellington Phoenix want to take out-of-favour Celtic striker Chris Killen back to New Zealand. (Various)

Dundee United are poised to make a summer approach for Rangers defender Andy Webster. (Daily Record)

Newcastle's controversial midfielder Joey Barton has insisted he will not be forced out of the club and does not want a transfer despite his bust-up with interim boss Alan Shearer.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Sheffield United will pay Watford £400,000 for versatile defender Leigh Bromby. (Daily Star)

New QPR boss Jim Magilton is set to raid former club Ipswich for striker Jon Walters and midfielder David Norris. (Daily Star)

Shrewsbury want to sign striker Jake Robinson, who has been released by Brighton. (Daily Star)


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been demanding a central striker's role for next season, as he is fed up of being played out on the left flank.
(Full story: Daily Express)

Falkirk's John Hughes has emerged as a candidate to replace Roberto Martinez as Swansea manager. (Daily Record)

West Brom are resigned to losing Tony Mowbray, who is poised to become Celtic manager. (The Sun)

Motherwell's Mark McGhee expects to be informed today whether his application to be Celtic manager has been successful. (The Herald)

If Mark McGhee is not given the Celtic job, the Motherwell manager is likely to become Aberdeen boss. (Various)

Former Nottingham Forest boss Colin Calderwood has emerged as a candidate for the vacancies at both Aberdeen and Hibernian. (Daily Record)

Former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan has urged the club not to ignore his application to be manager. (Various)

New Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says he is 50 times better as a boss now than in his early days when he was a "hothead" and used to sulk.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Bury manager Alan Knill is in talks with the club about a contract extension as he enters the final year of his current deal. (Daily Star)

New Reading manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he was advised to take the job by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
(Full story: The Sun)

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is on his way to Sporting Lisbon after being snubbed by Portsmouth. (The Sun)

Former Cowdenbeath chairman Gordon McDougall has been in talks with Livingston owner Angelo Massone about taking over the First Division club. (Daily Record)


Chris Waddle and fellow commentator Jon Champion will be fined £100 for each football cliche they come out with during England's game against Kazakhstan, with the money being donated by Setanta to the Bobby Moore fund. (Daily Star)

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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Thursday's gossip column
04 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
03 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
03 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
02 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
26 May 09 |  Scottish Premier

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