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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1333 BST: Rangers midfielder and former captain Barry Ferguson has passed a medical at Birmingham City.
Full story: Daily Record

1200 BST: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill insists Ashley Young is going nowhere, despite the recent signing of Stewart Downing for £12m from Middlesbrough. Full story: AVTV

1136 BST: Coach Luciano Spalletti admits Roma would consider offers for playmaker Alberto Aquilani, a rumoured Liverpool target. (Press Association)

1126 BST: Singapore-based Profitable Group have made an improved second formal offer to owner Mike Ashley for Newcastle United.
Full story: Shields Gazette

1117 BST: Liverpool are close to offering a contract to Esbjergs 16-year-old midfielder Nikolaj Kohlert, according to the player's agent.
Full story: Sky Sports

1106 BST: AC Milan vice-executive president Adriano Galliani insists Andrea Pirlo will remain at the San Siro rather than follow former manager Carlo Ancelotti to Chelsea. (Press Association)

1104 BST: Stoke are hoping that midfielder Seyi Olofinjana can agree to a move to French side Monaco.
Full story: The Sentinel

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United's interest in Gremio's Douglas Costa is cooling after the Brazilian club demanded £20m for the teenage forward.
Full story: The Times

Manchester City have tested Everton's determination to hang on to defender Joleon Lescott by submitting a £15m bid to Goodison Park. (Various)

City will make a £30m move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan if they fail to agree personal terms with Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor.
Full story: Daily Mail

Real Madrid are confident that an improved bid of around £32m will be enough to prise Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso away from Liverpool.

If Alonso does depart for the Bernabeu, Valencia midfielder David Silva would be top of Reds' boss Rafael Benitez's shopping list. (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has told clubs in pursuit of midfielder Franck Ribery that it is now too close to the start of the season for the France midfielder to leave. (Daily Telegraph)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has denied that there has been any approach for winger Ashley Young after rumours that Tottenham and Chelsea were mulling over £25m bids.
Full story: The Times

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has entered the £12m race for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch.
Full story: The Sun

Hodgson is also considering a move for Columbia international forward Fredy Montero who plays for Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders. (Daily Star)

Tottenham are poised to add to their forward line with the signing of Real Madrid's Alvaro Negredo.
Full story: The Sun

Spurs are also holding out hope of landing Real Madrid and Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar despite Stuttgart already having had a £17m bid accepted for the player.
Full story: The Times

Sheffield United pair Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker, both right-backs, will move to White Hart Lane in a deal worth a total of £8m after Tottenham stole a march on Everton who were also interested.
Full story: The Independent

Leeds' highly-rated midfielder Fabian Delph has attracted an offer from Tottenham, but is also being chased by Fulham.
Full story: The Times

Arsenal will attempt to lure defender Brede Hangeland from Fulham with the offer of Philippe Senderos as part of a deal worth around £10m. (Daily Star)

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has claimed that a move to Arsenal would be "perfect". (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth centre-back Sylvain Distin is ready to take a pay-cut in order to seal a £2m move to Aston Villa.
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea have told Portugal international defender Ricardo Carvalho that he will be staying at Stamford Bridge after a possible move to Inter Milan fell through.
Full story: The Sun

Carvalho could be joined by Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic who is close to tying up a £5m move from MFK Kosice to Chelsea.
Full story: The Sun

Blackburn are ready to splash £2.5m on Rapid Vienna forward Erwin Hoffer as a replacement for Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: The Sun

Valencia targetman Nikola Zigic is also in Blackburn's sights, but there are 15 clubs in the hunt for the Serbia striker according to his agent.
Full story: The Independent

Wigan Athletic are in negotiations with Crystal Palace over a possible switch for £5m-rated midfielder Victor Moses.
Full story: The Times

Midfielder Dean Whitehead could be on his way from Sunderland to Stoke in a £5m switch. (Daily Star)

Birmingham are keen to sign £5m-rated midfielder Craig Gardner from Aston Villa ahead of their return to the Premier League. (Daily Star)

Hamilton's 18-year-old midfielder James McCarthy is set to sign for Wigan after turning down a move to Wolves.
Full story: The Sun

Sporting Lisbon are back in talks with Manchester City over a possible loan move for striker Felipe Caicedo.
Full story: The Sun

Sheffield Wednesday forward Marcus Tudgay is ready to to submit a transfer request to try and force through a £2m move to Burnley.
Full story: The Times

Sunderland's attempts to sign defender Nathaniel Clyne from Crystal Palace have been frustrated with the Eagles holding out for £5m. (The Sun)

Out-of-contract winger Jerome Thomas could be thrown a Premier League lifeline by Hull City after an ill-fated spell at Portsmouth. (Daily Mirror)

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes is hopeful of bringing former Millwall colleague Filipe Morais to McDiarmid Park. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

LA Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham has revealed that he would only move back to the Premier League with Manchester United. (Various)

Beckham also believes that John Terry will not turn his back on boyhood club Chelsea to move to Manchester City. (Various)

Chelsea's Joe Cole will miss the start of the season after the midfielder underwent surgery on his troublesome knee. (Various)

Former Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson has turned down an offer to coach Iranian Premier League side Persepolis Theran to stay as a Manchester United ambassador. (Daily Mail)

Striker Carlos Tevez has revealed that big-spending Real Madrid made an approach for him before he finalised his move to Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Oasis's Noel Gallagher does not want Chelsea captain John Terry at his beloved Manchester City. "He's got funny eyes and he's a cry baby," he said.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Thursday's gossip column
16 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
16 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
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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