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Friday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

2234 BST: Manchester City are to make a £12m bid for Arsenal defender Kolo Toure.
Full story: The Times website

1713 BST: Valencia have decided not to sell striker David Villa despite holding talks with three leading clubs.

"Valencia have changed their minds and they are telling us they don't want to sell the player after, as everyone knows, having talks with three of the four top clubs," Villa's agent, Jose Luis Tamargo, said in a statement carried in the Spanish media.

1505 BST: Fulham have moved closer to signing Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner for £6m.

Scharner's agent said: "Aston Villa wanted him as a defender and that is why they are no longer an option. Fulham are strong at the moment. However, there is still the possibility he could go to Germany with Hamburg." (Press Association)

1219 BST: Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee could make Stephen Hughes one of his first summer signings with the midfielder's contract at Motherwell having come to an end.
Full story: Sporting Life

1207 BST: Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena's agent believes Juventus will decide by next week whether to make a bid for the 27-year-old Italian.
Full story: Goal.com

1140 BST: Birmingham City are set to complete the record signing of 23-year-old Ecuador striker Christian Benitez next week for an initial fee of £6.2m.
Full story: Birmingham Mail

1045 BST: West Ham are keen on securing a loan deal for Inter Milan's Italian Under-21 international striker Mario Balotelli.
Full story: Setanta Sports

1041 BST: Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes will not be heading to Manchester United with news that the 27-year-old is set to sign a contract extension until 2015. (Setanta Sports)

0936 BST: West Ham United want to sign Chilean midfielder Luis Jimenez from Serie A champions Inter Milan.

Boss Gianfranco Zola told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "He is one of those lads who play the way I like. It's not easy to sign non-EU players in England but I think these problems can be solved."

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea are on standby to swoop for Lyon striker Karim Benzema.

The president of the French club Jean-Michael Aulas admitted: "He has been approached. For the moment, I managed to convince them not to go further."
Full story: The Independent

Chelsea could be set to wreck Liverpool's hopes of signing Glen Johnson with Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie saying: "Glen has got permission to speak to two clubs".
Full story: The Sun

The future of striker Carlos Tevez still hangs in the balance with just two weeks remaining on his loan deal at Manchester United, but he could still stay at Old Trafford - if the club make him the highest paid player.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester City have agreed an £18m deal to sign Blackburn forward Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle United have slapped a £10m price tag on defender Sebastien Bassong with Tottenham and Arsenal leading the chase.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City still wait anxiously to see if striker Samuel Eto'o will be heading their way from Barcelona, but Inter Milan are keen on ruining Mark Hughes' party.
Full story: The Sun

West Brom are lining up an audacious bid for former Liverpool star Luis Garcia.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bayern Munich are closing in on Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa.
Full story: The Times

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh is being checked out by Arsenal as a possible replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor who could be off to AC Milan.
Full story: The Times

Sunderland are close to securing Manchester City defender Richard Dunne for £5m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Crystal Palace have won the race to sign striker Freddie Sears on loan from West Ham. (The Sun)

Wigan are poised to battle it out with Celtic for the services of Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher. (The Sun)

Celtic and Ipswich are vying for the services of Cobreloa striker Eduardo Vargas. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Kevin Keegan is being lined up for a return to football with Southampton.

The Pinnacle consortium, poised to take charge of the Saints, want the former England and Newcastle boss to be part of the team.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Burnley director Brendan Flood says Celtic tried to prise manager Owen Coyle away from them within an hour of the English club's promotion to the Premier League. (Daily Express)

Former Celtic and West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio will this week become head coach of Romanian club Poli Iasi. (Daily Express)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez faces a massive headache with Xabi Alonso the latest player to eye Anfield's exit door, following news that Javier Mascherano's agent met with Barcelona this week.
Full story: Daily Express

Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has told his team-mates Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to leave Real Madrid and head for Spurs.
Full story: Daily Star

Chief executive Gordon Smith says the Scottish FA would demand compensation from the Government if it was forced to hand live international matches to terrestial broadcasters instead of satellite channels. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Newcastle United are committed to paying their players a £10m bonus less than six weeks after relegation from the top flight.
Full story: Daily Mail

Kirk Broadfoot says he could have been blinded by the exploding egg that ended with the Rangers defender in hospital with burns and shards of glass in his eyes after a microwave accident. (The Sun)

Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot says he is missing out on a sunshine holiday because of fears his injured ankle could develop a blood clot brought on by flying. (Daily Record)



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Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Thursday's gossip column
18 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
17 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
16 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
18 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
15 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
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