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Tuesday's gossip column

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2238 BST: Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has revealed there will be a number of comings and goings at the north-west club. He told The National, an Abu Dhabi English-language paper: "We will shrink our squad and add four to six players."

1916 BST: Everton's offer for promising Sheffield United full-back Kyle Naughton has been rejected by the Yorkshire club. (Press Association)

1851 BST: Lyon's Brazilian playmaker Juninho has arrived in Qatar for talks about a transfer to Al-Garrafa, the Doha club said on their website.

1715 BST: Former Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he took a less high-profile coaching role in Uzbekistan because contractual clauses involved in his departure from Stamford Bridge prevent him from working in England for a year. (Brazilian media)

1709 BST: Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has upped the stakes in what could become a tug-of-war with Real Madrid for Franck Ribery by saying the France midfielder is not for sale. (German newspaper Bild)

1322 BST: Manchester City are closing in on the signature of Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz.
(Full story: Manchester Evening News)

1319 BST: Tottenham Hotspur are ready to switch their attentions away from Ruud van Nistelrooy to his Real Madrid and Holland striking partner Klass-Jan Huntelaar. (

1311 BST: Turkish side Besiktas are reported to be preparing a bid of £1.7m for Everton striker Louis Saha. (Sky Sports)

1259 BST: Thomas Vermaelen's agent is confident a deal to take the Ajax defender to Barclays Premier League giants Arsenal will soon take place. (Dutch website

1151 BST: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hinted that he will retire when his current contract runs out in 2013. The midfielder will be 33 by then.
Full story: Official Liverpool website

1132 BST: Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna says he would be open to a move to Real Madrid with the Spanish side weighing up a £20m bid for the Gunners star.
Full story: The Sun

0954 BST: Real Madrid director-general Jorge Valdano admits any bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is likely to be doomed to failure. (Marca)
Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

0951 BST: Wolves' bid to sign Serbian player of the year Nenad Milijas has hit a snag with the news that he does not automatically qualify for a work permit. (Sky Sports)
Full story: Sky Sports

0946 BST: Real Madrid director of sport Jorge Valdano has revealed the club may end their interest in Valencia striker David Villa as the asking price is too high. (Press Association)


Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has laughed off reports linking him with a move to Manchester United, saying he would never swap Anfield for Old Trafford.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has launched a dramatic late bid to sign Carlos Tevez from under the noses of Manchester United and Manchester City in a £25m deal.
Full story: The Sun

Ancelotti made the last-gasp approach personally after getting Tevez's phone number from fellow Argentina striker Hernan Crespo, who worked with Ancelotti at AC Milan four years ago.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, Manchester City remain favourites to sign Tevez as they are offering wages of £140,000 a week.
Full story: Daily Express

Liverpool are also interested in the 25-year-old but their desire to spread the fee over the duration of Tevez's contract makes the deal less appealing to the striker's adviser Kia Joorabchian. (The Telegraph)

The Reds have, however, won the race to sign defender Glen Johnson from Portsmouth for a massive £19.5m. (The Sun)
Full story: The Sun website

Liverpool will have to finance the deal by selling defender Alvaro Arbeloa to Real Madrid for about £8m, while the fact that Portsmouth still owe the Reds £7m as part of the deal that took Peter Crouch to Fratton Park last summer will also reduce the overall fee.
Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea are closer to signing Manchester City striker Daniel Sturridge, whose fee will be decided by a tribunal, and CSKA Moscow winger Yuri Zhirkov for £15m.
Full story: Daily Express

However, Zhirkov has denied he is about to move to Stamford Bridge, claiming he wants to join Barcelona instead.
Full story: The Sun

Defender Ricardo Carvalho, meanwhile, has launched a parting shot at Chelsea as he nears a move to Inter Milan, claiming they "should have given me more support" during his time injured last season.
Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid have contacted a host of Premier League clubs with a list of nine players they are willing to sell in a bid to recoup some of the £150m they will lay out on Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo. Arjen Robben, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Royston Drenthe, Javier Saviola, Gabriel Heinze and Mahamadou Diarra are the players available.
Full story: The Guardian

But Tottenham's bid to sign Van Nistelrooy could be scuppered by the Dutch striker's £90,000-a-week wage demands.
Full story: The Sun

Spurs midfielder David Bentley is in talks with Aston Villa about a cut-price £7m move.
Full story: The Sun

He will be replaced at White Hart Lane by Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, with Jermaine Jenas also travelling in the opposite direction to Villa Park as part of a bumper swap deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill will also step up his pursuit of Middlesbrough centre-half David Wheater after learning he will be allowed to leave for around £7m. (The Guardian)

And the Northern Irishman is keen on taking £13m-rated Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour to Villa Park, despite interest from Liverpool. (Daily Star)

Everton are going to step up their interest in Reading pair Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt after Royals boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed he is ready to cash in on the striker and midfielder. (The Sun)

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes will make a bid for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch if he is priced out of a move for Blackburn frontman Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: The Guardian

Sunderland are closing in on a £5m deal for Manchester City defender Richard Dunne.
Full story: Daily Mail

He could be replaced by Everton defender Joleon Lescott in a deal worth £16m.
Full story: Daily Mail

And City are aiming to replace the Irishman with West Ham defender Matthew Upson, having made a firm enquiry for the 30-year-old.
Full story: Telegraph

Fulham are lining up a £4m bid for Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara.
Full story: Daily Express

Another Spurs midfielder, Didier Zokora, could also be on his way out of White Hart Lane after a settlement between the Londoners and Sevilla over Juande Ramos's move to Tottenham in October 2007. (Daily Express)

The Ivorian could be replaced by AZ Alkmaar midfielder Moussa Dembele in a £15m deal, although Chelsea are also interested in the pacy 21-year-old.
Full story: The Times

Tottenham striker Roman Pavluchenko could be on his way out of the club as the revolving door continues to swing at White Hart Lane, with Stuttgart willing to snap him up despite claims from former Spurs keeper Cesar Sanchez that the Russian is "impossible" to communicate with.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Veteran Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has held talks with German side 1860 Munich about resurrecting his career in Germany's Second Bundesliga when he becomes a free agent at the end of this month. (The Guardian)

Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy has ruled out a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. (Daily Express)

The French left-back could be joined at the Gunners by Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who manager Arsene Wenger is keen to sign for around £5m.
Full story: The Sun

Villarreal, Roma and Fiorentina are interested in signing Arsenal defender Phillipe Senderos, who has one year left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Full story: The Times

Bolton have reignited their interest in signing Portugal midfielder Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon by offering £8m for the 23-year-old. (The Telegraph)

And they are also interested in Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin, Wigan pair Lee Cattermole and Hugo Rolladega, and Spartak Moscow midfielder Radislav Kovac. (Daily Mail)

As well as Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis on a free transfer. (The Sun)

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has enquired about taking Chelsea striker Franco di Santo, 20, on loan. (The Guardian)

Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo claims a number of clubs in Portugal, Spain and England, including West Ham, are interested in signing him.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona have made an approach for France winger Franck Ribery.
Full story: Daily Mail

And United are also continuing to monitor teenage Gremio midfielder Douglas Costa.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sir Alex Ferguson is also leading the chase for Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore, 19, from Huracan. (The Sun)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has cooled talk of a move to the Premier League, with Tottenham said to be interested, by welcoming the appointment of Tony Mowbray as manager. "Under Tony we can win the title back next season," he said.
Full story: Daily Record

Former Scotland midfielder Nigel Quashie will leave West Ham for Cardiff this summer. (Daily Record)

Fulham are targeting Celtic's loan striker Jeremie Aliadiere in a £3m move. (Daily Record)

Strikers appear to be the order of the day at Craven Cottage, with manager Roy Hodgson also considering moves for Manchester City's Brazilian frontman Jo and Inter Milan's Robert Acquafresca.
Full story: The Times

Motherwell defender Brian McLean is a target for Hearts. (Daily Record)

Galatasaray are close to an agreement to buy Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn Rovers for £2m.
Full story: The Times

Forgotten Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko could end his career at Monaco after his wife told him to join the French side.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Iceland international Hermann Hreidarrsson, available on a free transfer after his contract at Portsmouth expired, is interesting Celtic. (Daily Record)

Newly-confirmed Watford manager Malky Mackay has confirmed he's on the verge of signing Aberdeen skipper Scott Severin. (Daily Record)

Sheffield United have been told they must double their £1.5m bid if they hope to sign Wales striker Ched Evans from Manchester City.
Full story: The Times

Celtic are poised to beat Rangers and Brugge to the signature of Gothenburg and Sweden central defender Mattias Bjarsmyr. (The Sun)

Celtic could join Rangers in expressing interest in out-of-contract Portsmouth defender Hermann Hreidarsson. (Daily Record)

Hearts have targeted defender Brian McLean, who is out of contract with Motherwell. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock have made Middelsbrough winger Graeme Owens their first summer signing. (Various)

Sunderland striker Anthony Stokes is high on new Hibernian manager John Hughes' shopping list. (Daily Express)

Former Academica Coimbra right-back Markus Berger wants a move to Hibernian. (The Sun)

Cardiff City will target Motherwell striker David Clarkson if they sell Ross McCormack. (The Sun)


Premier League chairman Dave Richards faces further questions about his involvement in Sulaiman Al Fahim's proposed takeover of Portsmouth after former Manchester City owner Thakin Shinawatra admitted advising the United Arab Emirates businessman to buy the Fratton Park outfit.
Full story: The Sun

West Brom have asked permission from Peterborough to talk to manager Darren Ferguson about succeeding Celtic-bound Tony Mowbray at the Hawthorns. (Daily Star)

The Baggies also have Preston manager Alan Irvine and St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes on their shortlist.
Full story: The Times

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is in the middle of an international bust-up after being thrown out of Togo's squad for not showing up at the team hotel or their training session to prepare for the World Cup match in Morocco on Saturday.
Full story: Daily Express

Livingston have been rocked by a £5,000 fine from the Scottish Football Association after failing to submit their end-of-season accounts properly. (Daily Record)

Former Northern Ireland and Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez wants to take charge of Motherwell. (Daily Mail)

Former Aberdeen and St Mirren manager Alex Smith is being lined up as director of football at Falkirk. (Daily Express)

Youth coach Eddie May will be named Falkirk manager, with Steven Pressley as his assistant later this week. (The Scotsman)

Alex Smith would be a mentor to Eddie May and Steven Pressley should they become the management team at Falkirk Stadium. (Daily Star)

Former Rangers and Blackburn defender Lorenzo Amouso in in line to become head coach with Serie C club Arezzo. (The Sun)

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo has rejected summer offers from Universitatae Craiova, Panionios, Asteras Tripolis and an unnamed German club. (The Sun)


Manchester City forward Robinho has adopted a new weight-training programme in a bid to bulk up for the new season. "He looks like a toothpick with a pair of headphones on when he lifts a barbell," said a City source.
Full story: The Sun

Real Madrid defender Cristoph Metzelder has hit out at the Spanish giant's proposed £80m signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, saying: "Spending that money on someone that can get injured or be in bad form isn't correct to me, especially during this period of financial uncertainty." Full story: The Sun

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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Monday's gossip column
15 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
15 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
14 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
14 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier

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