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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


1742 BST: Everton are set to sign 21-year-old Sweden midfielder Rasmus Elm after he was given a tour of the club's training ground. (Press Association)

1729 BST: Brazil striker Luis Fabiano is unlikely to leave Sevilla for AC Milan after the two clubs were unable to agree on a valuation. Full story: Italian website

1356 BST: Sunderland captain Dean Whitehead has not travelled with the rest of the team to their pre-season training camp in the Algarve in order to complete a move to Stoke. Full story: The Shields Gazette

1151 BST: Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh claims Blackburn, Fulham, Sunderland and Tottenham are interested in signing him but that a move to apparent admirers Arsenal is unlikely. (French newspaper L'Equipe)

0904 BST: FC Seoul say they have agreed to sell 21-year-old South Korea winger Lee Chung-yong to Bolton.

0820 BST: Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has joined up with his team-mates for their pre-season tour of the Far East but the Real Madrid target has still left a question mark over his future at the club. He told Spanish newspaper AS: "It is always a great feeling when Madrid want you, especially considering the phase of the career I am in now.

"But at this point, whether or not that can happen is not up to me. It's a matter that involves three parties, including myself. I do not like to force the issue. I prefer to talk."


Manchester City will up their bid to £40m to try to prise centre-back John Terry out of Chelsea's grasp.
Full story: Daily Mail

Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has emerged as a target for Arsenal as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks to replace forward Emmanuel Adebayor, who has moved to Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mail

Hull City are keen on Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin but want the Ukraine international on loan rather than as a permanent signing.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are trying to negotiate down the price of Gremio midfielder Douglas Costa, while Chelsea, Real Madrid and Villarreal have entered the fray for the Brazilian.
Full story: Guardian

Everton are battling with Fulham, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven for Swedish Under-21 midfielder Rasmus Elm, who plays for Kalmar.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham have been offered the chance to sign Juventus midfielder Chritian Poulsen, who has turned down a £6m move to Fenerbahce. Full story: Times

AC Milan boss Leonardo has left the door open to Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham returning to the San Siro after the England international's successful six-month loan at the club earlier this year.
Full story: Independent

Blackburn's flirtation with signing former Inter Milan striker Christian Vieri has ended, with Rovers manager Sam Allardyce believing the Italian is too unfit.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is set to wrap up an £11m deal for Sheffield United full-backs Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker. (Daily Mirror)

Nottingham Forest are close to bringing in Tottenham defender Chris Gunter, Preston midfielder Paul McKenna and QPR striker Dexter Blackstock for a combined £4m.
Full story: Daily Star


Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has urged fans not to criticise club "legend" and team-mate John Terry if he decides to leave the Stamford Bridge outfit. The England defender has been targeted by Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy says he has no plans to leave the club, despite the increased competition for places up front following the signing of Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says Liverpool did not lodge a bid for Gareth Barry before the midfielder's move to Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Express


There may have been up to 80,000 fans at the Bernabeu to greet former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo at his Real Madrid unveiling but only 10,000 will be able to attend as he makes his debut against Shamrock Rovers on Monday.
Full story: Daily Mail

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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Sunday's gossip column
19 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
19 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's gossip column
18 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
18 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier

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