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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1813 BST: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says he has not received any offers for winger Ashley Young - but if he does, the prospective buyer will get "short shrift". (Press Association)

1630 BST: Blackburn target Nikola Zigic has as many as 15 clubs interested in signing him from Valencia, according to the striker's agent. (Press Association)

1035 BST: Chelsea are set to step up their efforts to sign Ashley Young but will have to bid £25m to prise the winger from Aston Villa. (Evening Standard)
Full story: standard.co.uk

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has asked for more time before he makes a final decision on a transfer to Manchester City - the Togo international is possibly holding out for AC Milan to make a last-minute move.
Full story: The Sun

Adebayor was also offered to Manchester United, among other leading European teams, as his agents tried to drum up interest from other clubs to guarantee the player a bumper pay deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Gunners have had a £7m bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh rejected, with the French club asking for defender Mikael Silvestre to be added to the offer.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester City have made a surprise move for Tottenham winger David Bentley, who is valued at about £12m by the north London club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham have been told by Barcelona it will cost them £5m to sign striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham could beat Stuttgart to the signing of Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is stalling on a £15.5m move to Germany in the hope of joining the Premier League side.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Or, Spurs want Huntelaar's Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Negredo. The striker, who was on loan at Almeria last season, is valued at £15m.(The Independent)

And Arjen Robben could be a third Real Madrid player to be courted by Tottenham. The former Chelsea winger claims the White Hart Lane side have made inquiries about him. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton are vying with Real Mallorca and Real Zaragoza for Espanyol defender Marc Torrejon.
Full story: The Sun

Blackburn are ready to bid £6m for Serbian striker Nikola Zigic, who they see as a replacement for Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton are on the verge of signing South Korea winger Lee Chung-yong in a deal worth in excess of £2m.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool have expressed an interest in Albacete's Belgian midfielder Ritchie Kitoko. (The Times)

Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena will not be joining Italian side Napoli as his agent has said "it was all a misunderstanding".(Daily Telegraph)

West Brom will miss out on a permanent deal for Juan Carlos Menseguez as the Argentine winger, who was on loan at the Hawthorns from San Lorenzo, wants to join Celtic.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke are in talks to sign Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead. (The Times)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate will spend £3m on Derby striker Rob Hulse. (The Sun)

Nancy midfielder Landry N'Guemo has stalled on agreeing a year-long loan from Nancy after Hull, Stoke and West Ham expressed an interest. (Daily Record)

Celtic manager Tony Mowbray will hold further talks today with Nancy midfielder Landry N'Guemo. (The Herald)

Celtic have finalised Landy N'Guemo's loan deal from Nancy after the midfielder underwent a medical. (Daily Express)

Celtic have entered talks about signing £1m-rated striker Amadou Alassane from Le Havre but face competition from Hull and Stoke. (The Sun)

Spanish winger Fernando Marques has been offered a trial by Celtic after having his contract torn up by Greek club Iraklis. (Daily Express)

Spanish left-back Xabi Castillo is poised to agree a transfer to Real Sociedad or Atletico Bilbao instead of Celtic. (Daily Express)

Sheffield United have offered a trial to Poland international goalkeeper Sebastian Przyrowski. (Daily Star)

Norwich are giving a trial to defender Jens Berthel-Askou, who has been released by Turkish side Kasimpasa. (Daily Star)

Former Rangers defender Marvin Andrews has told Raith Rovers he will not be re-signing for them as he has an offer from a Scottish Premier League club. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Paul Hart has been told he is being kept on as Portsmouth manager following Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim's takeover of the club.
Full story: The Sun

David Beckham has insisted he has no reason to apologise to LA Galaxy fans or the MLS for his loan spell at AC Milan.
Full story: The Sun

Alan Shearer remains "completely in the dark" about whether he will be named Newcastle manager. (The Guardian)

Manchester United chief executive David Gill says the club may still add to their squad, despite boss Sir Alex Ferguson's insistence that no new players will join this summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Scotland manager George Burley has been told that Sunderland's Craig Gordon will miss the World Cup qualifier against Norway after the goalkeeper suffered a reaction to a summer knee operation. (The Sun)

Craig Gordon is likely to miss Scotland's World Cup qualifier in Norway after Sunderland boss Steve Bruce said the goalkeeper's knee injury was still a concern. (Daily Record)

Viduz coach Pierre Littbarski thinks a good performance against Falkirk in their Europa League qualifier would help him win a management job in Scotland. (Daily Record)

Flamurtari coach Geri Cipi says the number of players leaving Motherwell in the summer leaves him confident his Albanian side can win their Europa League tie. (Daily Express)

AND FINALLY

Manchester City's new signing Carlos Tevez is said to be "very interested" in buying the £5m mansion that his former team-mate at Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo is selling following his switch to Real Madrid. (Various)

The mega-rich owner of Manchester City, Sheikh Mansour, met the club's players at his palace in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and presented each of them with a watch worth £168,000.
Full story: The Sun



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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
15 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
15 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
14 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
14 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
13 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
13 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier


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