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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1527 BST: Sevilla have confirmed they are interested in signing Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora. (Spanish newspaper AS)

1412 BST: AC Milan star Kaka is set to sign for Real Madrid after undergoing a medical in Brazil on Monday. (Various Spanish newspaper reports)

1232 BST: Ezequiel Lavezzi's advisors have urged Napoli not to deny him a move to Liverpool, who have enquired about the Argentina striker. (Press Association)

1110 BST: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is ready to offer Newcastle striker Michael Owen a two-year deal worth £55,000 a week.
Full story: Birmingham Mail

1022 BST: Villa striker John Carew has played down speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City. (Press Association)

0953 BST: Ajax's Belgian centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, 23, claims he is on the verge of sealing a £10m move to Arsenal. (Press Association)

0937 BST: Barcelona have rejected a proposition from Inter Milan to do a swap deal involving Barca's Andres Iniesta and Inter's Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Full story: Goal.com

0909 BST: Manchester City will make a £15m bid for Everton defender Joleon Lescott when he returns from England international duty.
Full story: Manchester Evening News

0854 BST: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed he wants to sign Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso from Liverpool.
Full story: This is Anfield

0849 BST: Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has called for the future of French forward Franck Ribery - a supposed target of Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid - to be decided one way or the other. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Brazil will allow Kaka to have a medical on Monday as the playmaker moves closer to completing a £56m move from AC Milan to Real Madrid.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Barcelona will make a last-ditch attempt to keep striker Samuel Eto'o this week as Manchester City prepare a £25m bid for the Cameroonian.
(Full story: The Sun)

Liverpool are determined to hold on to midfielder Xabi Alonso and sources at Anfield say it would take a "mind-blowing offer" from Real Madrid to take him back to Spain.
(Full story: The Times)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed a £10m deal for Ajax's 23-year-old Belgian central defender Thomas Vermaelen but they may lose Kolo Toure to Manchester City.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Everton are preparing a £7m swoop for two players from Reading - winger Stephen Hunt and striker Kevin Doyle. (Daily Star)

Everton boss David Moyes faces a fight with Espanyol for Rennes midfielder Stephane M'Bia and the Toffees also want Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are ready to battle with Real Madrid for the signature of Wigan winger Antonio Valencia but they are reluctant to pay the £16m wanted by the Latics.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Actually, United are more than willing and will wrap up the signing of Valencia for about £17m this week.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have accepted a £6m bid from Hull City for 21-year-old striker Fraizer Campbell.
Hull's bid for Campbell accepted

Atletico Madrid are trailing Everton's in-form 27-year-old South African midfielder Steven Pienaar.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Stoke City are set to sign Swedish Under-21 midfielder Andres Vasquez on a free transfer after he left FC Zurich.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Birmingham are set to sign ex-Newcastle loanee Oguchi Onyewu from Standard Liege and have made a new £5m bid for Cardiff centre-back Roger Johnson.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Spanish side Espanyol are hoping to sign Chelsea's 19-year-old Israeli striker Ben Sahar for about £800,000.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

FC Basel are hoping to convince Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell, 34, that he should sign for them this week after he rejected an approach from Trabzonspor.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies will make an improved £2m bid for Doncaster centre-back Matthew Mills this week. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

West Brom have drawn up a shortlist of managers, including Peterborough's Darren Ferguson, as they prepare for boss Tony Mowbray to leave for Celtic. (Daily Mirror)

Mowbray will start work as the new manager at Celtic Park this week - as long as the Scottish giants bite the bullet and pay about £2m compensation to the Baggies. (Daily Telegraph)

Burnley boss Owen Coyle will sign a new contract at Turf Moor this week for three times his old salary but less than he could have earned at Celtic. (Daily Mirror)

England striker Wayne Rooney has admitted he is dreaming of winning the World Cup in South Africa next year.
Full story: The Sun

England defender Matthew Upson believes West Ham team-mate Robert Green is good enough to make the number one jersey his own at international level.
Full story: Daily Express

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce will defy Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to ensure Theo Walcott plays in the European Championship, which starts next week, as well as for the senior side against Andorra on Wednesday. (Daily Express)

Alan Shearer is hoping a north-east buyer will take over Newcastle and keep alive his hopes of being named permanent Magpies boss - as current owner Mike Ashley does not think he should get the job.
Full story: The Sun

AND FINALLY

Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has revealed that leaving Stamford Bridge to join Portsmouth helped him fall back in love with football.
Full story: The Sun



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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Monday's Scottish gossip
08 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
07 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
07 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's gossip column
06 Jun 09 |  Gossip


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