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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1950 BST: Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong wants to leave the club following their relegation to the Championship. Tottenham and Arsenal are thought to be interested in the 22-year-old. (PA news wire)

1856 BST: Robinho has played down reports that he wants to move to Barcelona and insisted he is happy at Manchester City. He told O Globo: "At the moment, I am not thinking about going back to Real Madrid. I am happy at my club and I want to stay." (PA news wire)

1648 BST: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said he intends to talk to Manchester United in an attempt to convince the club to let Cristiano Ronaldo join them. "I have not yet spoken to them but I will do it in the coming days," he told Spanish public radio RNE late on Tuesday. (PA news wire)

However, Real Madrid general director Jorge Valdano has claimed the club are already in negotiations with United. (AFP news wire)

1430 BST: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has poured doubt on the Spanish clubs chances of signing French international midfielder Frank Ribery - also a reported target of Chelsea and Manchester United - from Bayern Munich, saying "Bayern do not want to sell, therefore I have to be respectful to the club."
(Full story: Daily Telegraph)

1124 BST: New Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is targetting big-name players to bring to the Stadium of Light, claiming that recruiting for his new club, is "like shopping in Harrods, not Tesco."
(Full story: The Sun)

1115 BST: Arsenal and Tottenham are set to start a bidding war for Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong, with the Magpies looking for a fee of £12m for the player.
(Full story: The Metro)

1113 BST: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou - the younger brother of former Liverpool midfielder Bruno - to replace Gareth Barry.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

0944 BST: CSKA Moscow star Yuri Zhirkov says he is dreaming of a transfer to Barcelona or Milan - but has not ruled out a move to Chelsea.
(Full story: Setanta)

0941 BST: West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury has revealed that the club are close to making three major signings.
(Full story: Daily Telegraph)

0921 BST: Brazilian centre-back Luisao has admitted that he has talked with international colleague Robinho about the prospect of moving to Manchester City.
(Full story: Sky Sports)

0905 BST: Brazilian forward Robinho has again cast doubt over his Manchester City future by revealing his desire to play for Barcelona. (Setanta)
(Full story: Setanta)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

AC Milan's 19-year-old Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato has opened the door to a £40m switch to join former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea by asking for permission to talk terms with the Blues.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Alternatively, Chelsea have earmarked that £40m to fund a move for Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.
(Full story: Daily Star)

The agent of Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, Walter Tamer, says the player would like to join Champions League winners Barcelona, saying "if a club like Barcelona want you, obviously a player will say he wants to play there".
(Full story: The Sun)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he will now "do everything possible" to get Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo at the club after sealing the world record £56m transfer of Kaka.
(Full story: Daily Express)

The Old Trafford outfit though have been given a clear run to sign Wigan winger Antonio Valencia after Real's interest in the player has cooled.
(Full story: Independent)

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is preparing to trawl Europe's bargain basement for new players after his ambitious summer spending plans were hit by the club's financial crisis.
(Full story: The Sun)

Arsenal are ready to offload defender William Gallas once they complete the signing of £11m Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

West Ham and England defender Matthew Upson could be on his way out of Upton Park after putting his house up for sale.
(Full story: The Sun)

Tottenham have lined up summer moves for Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez and Galatasaray winger Arda Turan.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Tottenham are also aiming to beat West Ham to the signing of Inter Milan's £10million-rated Chilean forward Luis Jimenez.
(Full story: The Sun)

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will also kick off a shake-up of his playing staff by selling Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Manchester City will expect any club looking to sign out-of-contract striker Daniel Sturridge to pay a £10m 'development fee' to the Blues.
(Full story: Independent)

Full-back Glen Johnson will quit Portsmouth for a club playing Champions League football next season in order to guarantee his World Cup place.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has refused to rule out a loan move away from Stamford Bridge next season in order to guarantee him first-team football. (Daily Star)

West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury has revealed that the club are close to making three major signings.
(Full story: Daily Telegraph)

Premier League new boys Wolves hope to conclude the signing of Red Star Belgrade's Serbian international midfielder Nenad Milijas for £2.6m.
(Full story: The Sun)

Wolves are also in the hunt for Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt.
(Full story: Daily Mail) Blackburn want the future of Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz sorted out by the end of this month, with Manchester City still leading the chase for the player.
(Full story: The Sun)

Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt is being chased by Everton and Sunderland after admitting he needs a "fresh start".
(Full story: The Sun)

Everton are set to win the race to sign Leeds' highly rated England Under-21 midfielder Fabian Delph.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have made a move for Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant after agreeing to let Joe Hart join Birmingham on loan.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

Cardiff have told Birmingham that they must pay £5m up front if they want to sign centre-back Roger Johnson.
(Full story: The Sun)

Middlesbrough want Marlon Harewood this summer after Aston Villa put a £1.5million price tag on the striker.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

England may play their World Cup qualifier against Andorra at a half-empty Wembley as thousands of fans face being left stranded by the tube strike. It could end up costing the Football Association £1m in ticket refunds.
(Full story: The Sun)

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is set to start his first competitive game for England in two years against Andorra tonight.
(Full story: The Times)

Sources close to Newcastle say there is no substance to the reported takeover bid for the club from Singapore-based investment company the Profitable Group.
(Full story: Daily Express)

Alternatively, the £100m Profitable Group proposal for Newcastle is very much alive and they could install former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon - a commercial director with the group - as manager at St James' Park. (Daily Mirror)
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

West Brom have targeted St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes - a former Baggies midfielder - as their new manager with Tony Mowbray poised to take the reins at Celtic.
(Full story: Daily Mirror)

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, is "very interested" in holding talks with Portsmouth over the club's vacant managerial position.
(Full story: The Guardian)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made three attempts to stop Gunners winger Theo Walcott joining England for the European Under-21 Championship, fearing burn-out for the player, before accepting defeat.
(Full story: Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

England coach Fabio Capello has revealed the simple secret behind unleashing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's goalscoring potential for the national side - "I told him to stand in front of the goal!" revealed the Italian coach.
(Full story: The Sun)

Peterborough director of football Barry Fry says he "nearly had a third heart attack" after Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis was brought on to play up front during England Under-21s' 7-0 win over Azerbaijan on Monday.
(Full story: The Sun)



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


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