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Thursday's gossip column

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1931 BST: BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce says that ahead of the the Confederations Cup semi-final between Brazil and South Africa in Johannesburg, there have been rumours that Manchester City have bid 15m Euros and Elano for Brazil's Inter Milan defender Maicon.

1905 BST: Valencia striker David Villa rules out a move to the Barclays Premier League, telling Spanish TV channel Cuatro that he will only play in La Liga next season.

1555 BST: Cesc Fabregas issues a statement on the Arsenal website denying he is any way dissatisfied at the Emirates. "Let me make myself absolutely crystal clear - I am wholeheartedly committed to Arsenal, and my future lies with this great club."

1530 BST: AC Milan say teenage Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato is staying at the club and will sign a new contract despite a "monster offer from England". (Press Association)

1445 BST: Jermaine Pennant's agent says he is considering moving abroad when his contract at Liverpool expires soon. (Sky Sports)

1240 BST: AC Milan have confirmed they would be interested in Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor if they fail to sign their number one target, Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko. (Press Association)

1207 BST: Stoke are in talks with West Ham about signing striker Dean Ashton. (Sky Sports News)

1205 BST: Matthew Le Tissier remains confident his Pinnacle Group's takeover of Southampton will go ahead despite their unhappiness at the Football League's 10-point penalty for going into administration last season.
Full story: The Times

1150 BST: Lyon have confirmed Real Madrid have made enquiries about Karim Benzema but insist the striker is not for sale (Press Association).

1105 BST: Egyptian side ENNPI Cairo claim Blackburn are interested in signing winger Ahmed Al Muhammadi, who had a spell on trial at Ewood Park last season under former manager Paul Ince. (Press Association)

1005 BST: Manchester United have been knocked back by Brazilian side Gremio in their attempt to take highly rated 18-year-old midfielder Douglas Costa on trial. (

0940 BST: Manchester City striker Jo could be used as bait in an effort to lure Everton's Joleon Lescott to Eastlands, but Fulham are also interested in the Brazilian.
Full story: Manchester Evening News

0930 BST: Another player not interested in going to Stamford Bridge is Milan's Andrea Pirlo. Despite Milan president Silvio Berlusconi hinting he could leave, the player's agent says "We are not worried by Berlusconi's comment. He is a Milan player, he is under contract and he honours contracts." (Press Association)

0925 BST: Chelsea seem set to miss out on Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, who is only interested in going to Real Madrid, and also AC Milan's Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, who says he is part of Milan and the club decides his life.
Full story: The Times

0920 BST: Liverpool's Alvaro Arbeloa says he is "filled with pride" to be linked to Real Madrid and "it would be a lie" to assume he will be at Anfield next season.
Full story: Daily Telegraph


Wigan say they have received "acceptable" bids of £14m to £18m from Manchester United and Real Madrid for winger Antonio Valencia.
Full story: Daily Mail

United are also interested in signing Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who scored 17 goals in La Liga last season and is valued at £45m.
Full story: The Independent

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has dropped his biggest hint yet that he could leave Arsenal, calling the club "impotent" because of their failure to challenge for the title and suggesting he would like to join Real Madrid.
Full story: The Sun

Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca flew into London on Wednesday for talks with Chelsea about a £10m double bid for Ricardo Carvalho and Deco.
Full story: The Sun

Blackburn could move for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch to replace Roque Santa Cruz, who has joined Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Star

Middlesbrough have paved the way for winger Stewart Downing to join Tottenham by signing Mark Yeates from Colchester (Daily Express).

Turkish club Besiktas want Portsmouth midfielder John Utaka and Greek top-flight newcomers Atromitos are interested in Pompey's veteran defender Sol Campbell (Daily Mirror).

Sunderland want to sign Newcastle striker Peter Lovenkrands on a free transfer (The Sun).

Former Liverpool and Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse is to have a medical with Greek side Panathinaikos (Daily Star).

Liverpool have received an offer from Malaga for their unwanted goalkeeper, Charles Itandje, who was fined for misbehaving during the Hillsborough memorial service (The Guardian).

Stoke have added Newcastle striker Alan Smith to their list of summer transfer targets (Daily Telegraph).

Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt is to join Malaga on loan with a view to a permanent £2.5m transfer (Daily Mirror).

Ipswich are targeting former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune, who is currently without a club (The Independent).


Peter Reid is in line to be the new Southampton manager if a rival group beats Matthew Le Tissier's takeover consortium to buy the club.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal defender Keiran Gibbs is expected to sign a lucrative new five-year deal when he returns from England duty at the European Under-21 championships.
Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid will reportedly insert a buy-out clause of £1bn in winger Cristiano Ronaldo's contract when he completes his move from Manchester United (Daily Telegraph).


England Under-21 winger Theo Walcott says he played so badly against Finland in the European Under-21 Championship that even his parents booed him when he was substituted. (Various)

A six-year-old boy asked the Celtic club shop to put the name of new goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska on the back of his shirt - but staff had not heard of him (Daily Record).

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see also
Transfers - June 2009
30 Jun 09 |  Football
Thursday's Scottish gossip
25 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
24 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
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