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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


2247 BST: Portsmouth are set to hold talks with Hajduk Split striker Nikola Kalinic on Friday.
Full story: Sky Sports

1842 BST: Diego Maradona's lawyer has claimed the former Argentina midfielder is set to quit his job as coach of the Argentine national side and join Portsmouth as the club's global ambassador.

In a confidential e-mail published in Arabian Business magazine, Angel Oscar Moyano claimed: "He (Maradona) has got top players ready and he is even ready to leave the Argentine national team."

Pompey's new owner Sulaiman Al Fahim is apparently close friends with Maradona's cousin Remigio.

1841 BST: Liverpool have dismissed claims that a fee has been agreed with Real Madrid for the sale of Xabi Alonso. (Press Association)

1650 BST: Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano rules out making any more major signings until a number of players deemed surplus to requirements have been sold. (Press Association)

1048 BST: Samuel Eto'o's agent is confident the Barcelona striker will wrap up his move to Inter Milan sooner rather than later. (Press Association)

1040 BST: Everton have distanced themselves from suggestions that they are in negotiations to sell the club to a Middle East consortium. (Various)


Manchester City will offer Chelsea captain John Terry £1m a month in wages in a final bid to land the defender.
Full story: Daily Mail

But Terry will snub a move to Eastlands and sign a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester City could add yet more fire power to their squad and are lining up an £18m swoop for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young. (Daily Express)

AC Milan are poised to make a £10m bid for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. (Daily Express)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is set to battle it out with Aston Villa for the signing of Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin. (Daily Mirror)

But Villa are preparing to improve their offer for the 31-year-old to £3m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is thinking over a move to West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham winger Julien Faubert is wanted by German side Schalke 04. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth have made a £2m offer for Hull defender Sam Ricketts. (Daily Mirror)

Pompey manager Paul Hart is lining up a bid for Reading winger Stephen Hunt.
Full story: The Sun

Turkish side Galatasaray are set to launch a bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Deco. (The Times)

Everton are keen on Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Hull boss Phil Brown is lining up a £7m double swoop for Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ledley and striker Ross McCormack. (Daily Mirror)

Brown will also look to sign Ecuadorian winger Fernando Guerrero from Independiente Della Valle. (Daily Mirror)

Preston are in talks with midfielder Didi Hamann after he was recently released by Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Striker Darius Vassell is set to secure a move to Turkish side Ankaragucu after also being released by Manchester City.
Full story: The Sun

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is keen on signing Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh and is a lining up a £10m bid.
Full story: The Sun

The Black Cats are also interested in Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. (Daily Telegraph)

Stoke City are poised to sign Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead in a £2.5m move.
Full story: The Sun


Argentina manager Diego Maradona is being lined up by Portsmouth for a sensational move to the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Star


Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has risked angering his former club by saying he hopes big-spending Manchester City push the Gunners out of the top four this season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has likened playing for the club as being a member of 60s rock group The Beatles. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, the Glazer family, who own United, have denied claims that they have blocked Sir Alex Ferguson from spending the £80m Cristiano Ronaldo transfer fee because purse strings are being tightened at Old Trafford.
Full story: Daily Star

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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
22 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
21 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
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Monday's gossip column
20 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
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