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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

2157 BST: AC Milan are targeting Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch as the Italian club's interest in Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor hit problems.

1557 BST: Lyon agree to sell France international Karim Benzema to Real Madrid for £30m, with the striker set to sign a six-year contract.

1505 BST: Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope that the German club would be willing to sell Franck Ribery.

"We would only consider it if somebody did something crazy," said Hoeness.

1303 BST: Lyon confirm they have received a bid for Karim Benzema, but claim it is higher than the £30m quoted and refuse to confirm it is from Real Madrid.
Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

1240 BST: Valencia and Spain striker David Villa is close to a move to Barcelona after meeting the Catalans' sporting director Txiki Beguristain.
Full story: AS (in Spanish)

1153 BST: Lyon striker and reported Manchester United target Karim Benzema has signed for Real Madrid for £30m.
Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

0937 BST: Discussions between Chelsea and Inter Milan over a possible switch to Italy for defender Ricardo Carvalho and midfielder Deco have collapsed. The Blues value the pair at £12m while the Nerazzurri are unwilling to go beyond £6m.
Full story: La Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona will turn their attentions to prising midfielder Cesc Fabregas away from Arsenal after learning that previous target Franck Ribery would prefer to leave Bayern Munich for Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Star

The proposed move of Samuel Eto'o to Manchester City may be wrecked by the Cameroon striker's demands for a slice of any transfer fee Barcelona receive.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce will offer former Everton winger Andy van der Meyde, who is currently without a club, the chance to resurrect his career at Ewood Park. (The Sun)

Real Madrid are delaying a move for Liverpool's Xabi Alonso until a sell-on clause with the midfielder's former club Real Sociedad expires later in July.
Full story: Daily Mail

Having been frustrated in their pursuit of Felipe Melo, Arsenal will go head to head with Tottenham for the signature of Marseille midfielder Loik Cana.
Full story: Daily Express

After securing Wigan's Antonio Valencia, Manchester United could now bolster their forward line with a move for £11m-rated Toulouse forward Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Full story: The Star

Or it may be that Lyon's Karim Benzema is next on United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's list of priorities at Old Trafford, with the France international forward's team-mate Miralem Pjanic claiming a £38m move is in the offing.
Full story: The Times

CSKA Moscow left-back Yuri Zhirkov, Manchester City striker Daniel Sturridge and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Ross Turnbull will be the first three players brought to Chelsea by new manager Carlo Ancelotti. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Michael Owen is holding out for offers from Aston Villa and Everton as his Newcastle United contract comes to an end today.
Full story: The Independent

Brazilian forward Jo will return to Everton on loan next season, with Manchester City boss Mark Hughes unable to promise him a regular first-team place.
Full story: The Sun

Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Arsenal's Philippe Senderos as well as fellow defenders Sylvain Distin of Portsmouth and David Wheater of Middlesbrough. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are weighing up an approach for Lokomotiv Moscow and Switzerland goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
Full story: The Times

Celtic's hopes of signing West Brom's Marc-Antoine Fortune have been given a boost as the forward has stalled on a proposed move to Hull. (Daily Record)

Ipswich manager Roy Keane is poised to raid former club Manchester United for winger Lee Martin.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton have moved to snap up Sean Davis on a free transfer after he turned down Portsmouth's offer of a new deal, while Swansea's Ferrie Bodde could line up alongside him in midfield if a £2.5m switch goes through. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough are preparing for life in the Championship with a £400,000 bid for Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn's South Africa striker Benni McCarthy is concerned that a lack of first-team games may be harming his chances of appearing for the host nation in next summer's World Cup and may move to Spanish side Celta Vigo.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has said that AC Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all enquired about the possibility of him leaving Old Trafford but, despite his wife's eagerness to move away from England, he is determined to stay put.
Full story: The Sun

Paul Ince could return to management with former club MK Dons after Roberto Di Matteo left for West Brom.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Three consortia are weighing up offers for Newcastle but it is unlikely that the club will be sold before next week.
Full story: The Guardian

England coach Fabio Capello has told his scouts to monitor Sylvan Ebanks-Blake once the new Premier League season gets under way to see if the Wolves striker is ready for the step up to international football.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that the chance to develop the young players at the Gunners convinced him to stay at the Emirates rather than join big-spending Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic could move in to pole position to sign Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune after Hull City threatened to withdraw their £4m bid for the player. (Daily Record)

Ipswich manager Roy Keane is stepping up interest in Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley. (The Star)

Hearts director Sergejus Fedotovas insists the club is not actively looking to cash in on winger Andy Driver amid interest from Burnley in the player. (The Scotsman)

AND FINALLY

Manchester City will recruit Endemol, the company behind reality TV series Big Brother, to expand their global brand.
Full story: The Guardian

Former Hibernian striker Keith Wright has warned fellow forward Steven Fletcher that he is not yet ready for the Premier League after his £3m move to Burnley. (Various)



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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
01 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
30 Jun 09 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
29 Jun 09 |  Gossip


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