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Tuesday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1938 BST: Real Madrid are interested in signing David Villa but are yet to reach an agreement to buy the Valencia striker, Real president Florentino Perez said on Spanish TV station Telemadrid.

1507 BST: Birmingham will sign Ecuador international defender Giovanny Espinoza from Sporting Club Barcelona in his homeland.
(Full story: Birmingham Mail)

1319 BST: Lazio striker Goran Pandev has told the club he wants to leave, which may alert Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham as well as Italian club Juventus.
(Full story: Sporting Life)

1241 BST: Argentine Javier Mascherano's agent says the combative Liverpool midfielder would welcome a move to Barcelona.
(Full story: The Sun)

1134 BST: Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora wants talks about his future with manager Harry Redknapp after being linked with a move to Sevilla.
(Full story: The Premier League)

1121: Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has backed the club's possible signing of Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen. "It's a good thing. There's nothing wrong with the qualities of Vermaelen. He can play as left-back and central defender and we need this type of player," Van Persie told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

1029 BST: AC Milan's Alexandre Pato wants talks with former manager and new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti ahead of sorting out his future. "Before deciding my future I want to talk with him. At the end of June, after the Confederations Cup in South Africa, I will talk with the Milan directors," he told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

0955 BST: Real Madrid are close to the signing of Valencia striker David Villa. (Spanish newspaper Marca)

0938 BST: Sunderland are being linked to £6m-rated Rennes midfielder Stephane M'bia.
(Full story: The Northern Echo)

0937 BST: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will switch his attentions to signing Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo after capturing Kaka. "Ronaldo is a great player who we would like to bring to the club but first we have to speak to Manchester United because the important thing is for us to maintain a good rapport with everyone," he told Sky Italia.

0843 BST: Aston Villa have denied making Newcastle striker Michael Owen a two-year contract offer. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Valencia striker David Villa will decide on a move to either Real Madrid or Chelsea this week.
(Full story: The Sun)

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has backed boss Martin O'Neill's attempts to outgun Everton and Roma in the battle for Newcastle striker Michael Owen.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Villa will also compete with Liverpool in trying to sign Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, meanwhile, says he is not interested in signing striker Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

AC Milan may have lost Kaka but they have overtaken Arsenal and Manchester City in the race to sign Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Blackburn could move for Austria striker Marc Janko if they sell Roque Santa Cruz, who is again a target for Manchester City.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Rovers are ready to sell defender Zurab Khizanishvili to Turkish outfit Galatasaray.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

West Ham's takeover will result in manager Gianfranco Zola renewing his attempt to sign Inter Milan's £15m-rated attacking midfielder Luis Jimenez.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

The Hammers also want Rennes right-back Rod Fanni and Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

But defender Matthew Upson could be sold by Zola after he was told by the club's new owners that he would have to generate his own transfer funds by selling players.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov and defender Nemanja Vidic will not be leaving the club, according to their agents.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Tottenham could make a £4.8m loss by offloading striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to Italian side Roma for £9m.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Birmingham will have to battle it out with Bolton for the signing of defender Danny Shittu, while the Midlands club have also set their sights on Newcastle defender David Edgar. (Daily Star)

Wolves are to sign centre-back Ronald Zubar from Marseille for £2.5m.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Marc-Antoine Fortune's agent says the Nancy striker would consider joining Tony Mowbray at Celtic after being on loan to West Brom. (Daily Record)

Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher would relish the chance to join former Easter Road boss Tony Mowbray at Celtic. (The Scotsman)

Rangers hope Barnsley will double their original offer and meet the £500,000 asking price for midfielder Charlie Adam. (Daily Mail)

Rangers are tracking Partick Thistle's Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey. (The Sun)

Rangers' Cypriot midfielder Georgios Efrem has joined Hearts' Bruno Aguiar and Christos Karapidis by signing for Omonia Nicosia. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock could offer a contract to free Rangers goalkeeper Lee Robinson. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andorra coach David Rodrigo believes his side can frustrate England in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday and get the fans booing rival boss Fabio Capello.
(Full story: Daily Star)

Former Liverpool team-mates John Barnes and Jason McAteer are rivals to become the next Tranmere boss but could end up working together.
(Full story: The Sun)

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo will have tests to see whether he needs a hernia operation after pulling out of Portugal's friendly against Estonia.
(Full story: Times)

Watford are to appoint former defender Malky Mackay as their new manager. (Daily Star)

Celtic will have to pay West Brom £2m in compensation if they want Baggies boss Tony Mowbray.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

West Brom will hold out for £2.5m in compensation if they lose their management team to Celtic. (The Times)

West Brom want £1.5m for Tony Mowbray should they lose their manager to Celtic. (The Scotsman)

Celtic have told West Brom they will not pay £2m in compensation for manager Tony Mowbray. (The Sun)

St Johnstone have vowed to hold on to manager Derek McInnes after the former West Brom midfielder was linked with his former club. (Daily Record)

Watford have failed in an approach for St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes after a failure to agree compensation. (The Sun)

Ian McCall will tell Partick Thistle today whether he will accept a new contract, with Motherwell having made an approach for the manager and Falkirk also interested. (Daily Record)

Retiring defending Steven Pressley is expected to be among the candidates for the Falkirk manager's job, with seniors players Jackie McNamara and Neil McCann as assistants. (The Scotsman)

Steven Pressley is favourite to succeed John Hughes as Falkirk manager ahead of Ian McCall, Alex Rae and John Robertson. (Daily Express)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee is expected to confirm his departure for Aberdeen this morning. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen expect to unveil Mark McGhee as their new manager by the end of this week. (Daily Express)

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo is heading for showdown talks in Lithuania about player funds with owner Vladimir Romanov. (Daily Express)

AND FINALLY

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has had offers of £10, Oasis tickets and a Curly Wurly after inviting offers for the Tyneside outfit by e-mail. The Magpies have been given a £100m price tag.
(Full story: The Sun)



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


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