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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1358: Aston Villa have been linked with moves for Palermo's 22-year-old Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani and River Plate forward Radamel Falcao, 23.
Full story: The Birmingham Mail

1225: Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has denied reports that he wants to quit the German club for Real Madrid, but he has not completely ruled out a move.

"We have to wait and see if there is an offer coming and then sit down and talk. I do not want to say anything wrong right now," said the 26-year-old.
Full story: Tz (in German)

1201: Everton are expected to make American midfielder Anton Peterlin their first summer signing after the 22-year-old impressed while on trial at Goodison Park. Peterlin currently plays for Ventura County Fusion, who compete in the fourth tier of football in the United States. (Press Association)

1032: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has said they are no longer interested in signing Chelsea duo Deco and Ricardo Carvalho.

"There is no doubt that they are great players, but for the moment on that front we have stopped, because looking at the squad I don't think there is any necessity to buy."
Full story: Corriere Dello Sport (in Italian)

1015: Manchester City look set to sign Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Lucio after appearing to miss out on John Terry.
Full story: Daily Mail

0935: Manchester United have an agreement in place with Bordeaux to sign 20-year-old winger Gabriel Obertan, according the French club's president.

"It's actually a great possibility," said Jean-Louis Triaud. "United want him and we would be delighted to see Gabriel develop in such a club. We will make it official when the moment comes."
Full story: L'Équipe (in French)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are willing to sell captain John Terry to Manchester City, if the Eastlands club offer £40m for the England defender.
Full story: Various

New Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti will seek face-to-face talks with Terry as the Italian officially takes charge at Stamford Bridge on Monday morning.
Full story: Various

Only days before Manchester City had a £30m bid for Terry rejected, the Blues defender and Eastlands manager Mark Hughes stayed at the same hotel complex in Dubai.
Full story: The Sun

If he fails in his bid to sign Terry, Hughes will turn his attentions towards 31-year-old Barcelona defender Carles Puyol.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure amid growing concerns over the fitness of Owen Hargreaves.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal have put a £40m price tag on midfielder Cesc Fabregas as they prepare themselves for a bid from Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea are set to complete the £18m signing of CSKA Moscow winger Yuri Zhirkov after the Russian flew to London for a medical.
Full story: Various

Tottenham and Aston Villa are both interested in Sweden Under-21 striker Marcus Berg after his manager at Dutch club Groningen, Hans Nijland, admitted that "there is serious interest from two clubs".
Full story: The Sun

Steve Bruce is closing in on his first signing as Sunderland manager, 29-year-old Paraguay defender Paulo Da Silva.
Full story: Various

Bruce is also looking to bolster his striking options and is reportedly keen to sign Tottenham's Darren Bent and Portsmouth's Peter Crouch. (The Guardian)

Tottenham have held talks with Real Madrid about signing 23-year-old striker Alvaro Negredo, who has also been linked with Liverpool in a possible swap deal with midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Full story: The Times

Birmingham are willing to pay £25,000-a-week to take Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton on loan for the season - but that is less than half of what the 26-year-old earns at St James' Park.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Mark Viduka's agent has said the 33-year-old striker is "mulling over two offers from two very good sides" having left Newcastle United.
Full story: The Times

Burnley manager Owen Coyle is interested in 29-year-old French winger Fabrice Pancrate, who is a free agent after his contract with Paris St Germain expired.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wisla Krakow forward Pawel Brozek is in talks with Fulham over a possible £3.5m move to Craven Cottage.
Full story: The Times

Former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia is wanted by Fulham, West Brom and Blackburn after being given permission to leave Atletico Madrid.
Full story: The Times

Hull City are on the verge of signing former Portsmouth and Arsenal full-back Lauren, who is without a club after being released by Pompey.
Full story: Various

The future of Fulham defender Brede Hangeland is in doubt after the Norwegian rejected a new contract worth double his current salary.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic, Hull, West Ham and Fulham will learn on Tuesday who has won the race to sign £3.8m Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune. (The Herald)

Celtic and Bolton face competition from Racing Santander as they seek to sign Real Sociedad left-back Xabi Castillo. (The Herald)

Celtic coach Neil Lennon is Stockport County's number one target for their managerial vacancy. (Daily Record)

Former Dundee manager Alex Rae is to be named Paul Ince's assistant at MK Dons. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who has joined Real Madrid in an £80m deal from Manchester United, says La Liga is now better than the Premier League because of the quality of players arriving in Spain.
Full story: Various

Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech has denied claims by former Blues manager Luiz Felipe Scolari that he helped get him sacked, saying he "always had huge respect" for the Brazilian.
Full story: The Independent

Fabio Capello is planning a training camp in Austria next summer to help prepare his England players for playing at altitude at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Full story: Various

England are planning a friendly with Brazil in Qatar in November, which threatens to anger Premier League clubs during an already crowded season.
Full story: Various

Manchester City winger Martin Petrov believes the money available to manager Mark Hughes will help City break into the Premier League's top four and compared their situation to that of Chelsea before Roman Abramovich took control at Stamford Bridge.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Scottish Premier League is ready to accept a television deal from Sky and ESPN worth less than half the £139m they would have received from failed broadcaster Setanta. (Daily Express)

The Scottish Premier League is set to scrap its reserve league at its annual meeting on 16 July because of squad cutbacks. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

England midfielder David Beckham has splashed out £100,000 so he and wife Victoria are the only guests on North Island in the Seychelles, which doubled as Tracy Island in the hit TV show Thunderbirds, for their wedding anniversary.
Full story: The Sun



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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Monday's Scottish gossip
06 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
05 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
04 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
04 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier


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