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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

2235 BST: European champions Barcelona have made a £12.7m offer for 20-year-old Palmeiras striker Keirrison, according to the Sao Paulo club's website.

1610 BST: The agent of Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero tells the calciomercato.it. website that he has had no contact with Manchester United over a possible bid for the £44m-rated Argentine international.

1512 BST: Denmark international Peter Lovenkrands hints he could cross the divide between Newcastle and Sunderland. He told Danish newspaper BT: "Sunderland is certainly an interesting club. The city is near Newcastle, where we have settled fine, and it would be attractive to stay in northern England."

1415 BST: Hull manager Phil Brown wants Michael Owen to join his side despite his injury record. Owen's Newcastle deal expires on Tuesday when he will become a free agent.

"Hopefully Michael will give us the time of day and we can get around a table, then who knows?" said Brown.

1404 BST: There has been a lot of talk about Valencia striker David Villa but his club insist, despite the speculation linking him with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United, that they have received no bids for him.

"I want to make it clear, we have no offer for Villa and we don't understand why people are insisting this. We want these rumours to end and that the player as well as the club are given calm to create a competitive team," Valencia spokesman Jordi Bruixola told Spanish newspaper Marca.

1324 BST: Birmingham are optimistic midfielder Lee Bowyer will complete a permanent free transfer from West Ham in the next few days. (Press Association)

1201 BST: Brazil's Felipe Melo has been linked with Arsenal but the player's agent says the combative midfielder is happy at Fiorentina and will stay with the Serie A outfit. (Press Association)

1146 BST: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he is confident Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will join him at the Nou Camp in the future. (Press Association)

1007 BST: Celtic manager Tony Mowbray should discover over the weekend whether he has been successful in luring Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune to Parkhead. (Press Association)

0938 BST: Bayern Munich have ruled out selling midfielder Franck Ribery, insisting the "irreplaceable" player is not for sale at any price. Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona are vying for the Frenchman's signature.
Full story: French newspaper L'Equipe

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to make a £40m bid for Valencia striker David Villa after Barcelona opened the auction with a bid. (Daily Mirror)

United are also a step closer to a £30m deal for Lyon striker Karim Benzema after the French side made a £15m move for Porto forward Lisandro Lopez.
Full story: Daily Star

Sir Alex Ferguson has offered Manchester United's Portuguese winger Nani to Wigan as bait in his bid to sign Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia. (Daily Mirror)

Brazilian club Gremio have rejected a request from Manchester United to take midfielder Douglas Costa on a three-week trial because they want a straight cash bid.
Full story: The Times

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor will become a target for Italian side AC Milan, if they miss out on Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.
Full story: The Guardian

Manchester City are favourites to secure the signature of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez.
Full story: The Sun

Inter Milan's Brazilian right-back Maicon is also a £10m target for City manager Mark Hughes.
Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea are closing in on a £4m deal for Charlton's 17-year-old forward Jonjo Shelvey, who is also being tracked by Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham. (Daily Express)

FA Cup winners Chelsea are also set to make a move for goalkeeper Ross Turnbull who has rejected a new contract at Middlesbrough. (Daily Express)

Liverpool will offload winger Sebastian Leto to Greek club Panathinaikos for £3m with defender Alvaro Arbeloa set to join Real Madrid in the next few days.
Full story: Telegraph

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is ready to pay £5m for Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins.
Full story: Daily Star

Blackburn are likely to be priced out of their bid to land Portsmouth's Peter Crouch because of the striker's £70,000-a- week wages.
Full story: The Sun

Sam Allardyce will bid £4m to bring Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher to Blackburn.
Full story: Daily Express

Tottenham are interested in Wigan's 21-year-old midfielder Lee Cattermole. (Daily Mail)

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is tracking Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell and Middlesbrough's Gary O'Neil. (Daily Mirror)

Hodgson may also look at bringing Villerreal's American forward Jozy Altidore to Craven Cottage. (Telegraph)

Gary Megson is ready to splash £8.5m on Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde and Reading striker Kevin Doyle. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley boss Owen Coyle is closing in on Newcastle defender David Edgar. The full-back has had a medical at Turf Moor, along with Derby ace Tyrone Mears.
Full story: The Sun

Hull City are interested in Celtic striker Scott McDonald as well as the Glasgow club's own transfer target Marc Antoine Fortune. (Daily Record)

Marc Antoine Fortune's agent Michael Manuello says the striker will make a straight choice between Celtic and Hull despite interest from Wolves and Fulham. (Daily Record)

Celtic have agreed a £3.8m fee with Nancy for Marc Antoine Fortune and are interested in departing Iraklis winger Fernando Marques and Real Sociedad left-back Xabi Castillo. (Daily Express)

Departing Celtic defender Bobo Balde says Birmingham and Burnley have shown an interest in his services. (The Sun)

Sampdoria could make a £1m bid for Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati next week. (Various)

Hearts have told Coventry they must pay £4m if they want England Under-21 winger Andrew Driver. (The Sun)

New Blackpool manager Ian Holloway will continue the club's pursuit of Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam. (Daily Record)

Barnsley manager Simon Davey has urged Charlie Adam to leave Rangers and join his club. (Daily Mail)

Wolves have been told they will need to pay £3m for Doncaster defender Matthew Mills. (The Guardian)

Sheffield United defender Matt Kilgallon is a £4m target for Wigan, Wolves and Birmingham. (The Sun)

Cardiff are eyeing a £1m move for Millwall defender Zak Whitbread. (The Sun)

Cardiff boss Dave Jones wants £400,000-rated Motherwell captain Paul Quinn, 23. (Daily Star)

And the Bluebirds are also after Motherwell striker David Clarkson, although they face competition for the the 23-year-old from Bristol City, who have tabled a bid in the region of £600,000.
Full story: Bristol Evening Post

David Clarkson will decide in the next 48 hours whether to make an £800,000 move to Bristol City after Motherwell accepted the offer. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough have agreed a fee with Colchester for 24-year-old winger Mark Yeates. (Daily Star)

Former Reading striker Leroy Lita has opened talks with Crystal Palace. (Daily Star)

John Hughes will today return to former club Falkirk to make out-of-contract midfielder Patrick Cregg his first signing as Hibernian manager. (Various)

And Falkirk goalkeeper Dani Mallo could follow Cregg to Easter Road. (Various)

Falkirk have joined Dundee United in showing an interest in Rangers defender Andy Webster. (Daily Express)

Former Falkirk striker Pedro Moutinho is holding talks with Maritimo in the hope of making a return to the Bairns. (Daily Express)

Cameron Bell has signed a new contract with Kilmarnock, but fellow goallkeeper Damien Rascle will leave the club because of injury problems. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Gareth Southgate wants former England team-mate Phil Neville to join him at Middlesbrough. The Boro boss has offered Everton skipper Neville, 32, the chance to join his backroom staff.
Full story: The Sun

Preston North End manager Alan Irvine has emerged as the leading contender to succeed Tony Mowbray at West Bromwich Albion.
Full story: The Guardian

St Johnstone's Derek McInnes is expected to sign a contract extension despite being heavily linked with the manager's job at West Brom. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United fans want their new rugby league-style kit scrapped before it goes on sale next month. The shirt has a 'V' across the front and has been accused of looking "too American".
Full story: The Sun



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