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Monday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1703: Espanyol have agreed a release package with Steve Finnan which paves the way for the full-back to return to England, with Portsmouth the likely destination. (Press Association)

1628: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has launched a scathing attack on Italian football, claiming he is leaving Inter Milan for Barcelona because he is "fed up" with life in Serie A. (Press Association)

1613: Everton are still confident they will be able to tie midfielder Steven Pienaar to a new long-term contract. (Press Association)

1316: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner says he is completely committed to the Gunners after rumours of a possible move to AC Milan. (Arsenal TV) Full story: Arsenal.com

1246: Bayern Munich distance themselves from comments criticising Frank Ribery made by their president Franz Beckenbauer, and insist they have no intention of selling the French international. (Press Association)

1130: Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins wants to quit the Championship side after attracting interest from Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg.
Full story: Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung

1035: Wigan Athletic will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Lee Cattermole despite renewed interest from Sunderland.
Full story: Wigan Evening Post

1014: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is beginning to run out of patience in his attempt to sign striker Darren Bent.
Full story: sportinglife.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City, turned down by Chelsea captain John Terry, will now turn their attentions to a £12m bid for Arsenal defender Kolo Toure. City are also looking at Everton centre-half Joleon Lescott and are prepared to up their bid to £20m.
Full story: The Independent

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has rejected a £5m move to Hull, becoming the fourth forward to turn down Tigers boss Phil Brown after Michael Owen, Fraizer Campbell, and Marc-Antoine Fortune all said no to a switch.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland and Bordeaux are still negotiating a deal that would result in striker Marouane Chamakh heading to the north-east. (The Times)

Leeds United have put an £8m price tag on teenage midfielder Fabian Delph, a Tottenham target, and would ideally like him back on loan for a month. (Daily Mirror)

Midfielder Gavin McCann and defenders Danny Shittu and Nicky Hunt may leave Bolton as manager Gary Megson looks to recoup some cash following a signing spree.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen says he is not guaranteed to return to England this summer if he leaves Barcelona, despite interest from West Ham. (Daily Telegraph)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill hopes Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin will fly out to Spain this week to join the Midlands club, who are taking part in the Peace Cup. However, Pompey are holding out for a fee of about £4m after a £2.5m bid by Villa. (Daily Express)

Sam Allardyce is trying to land Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak for Blackburn as a replacement for Roque Santa Cruz, who joined Manchester City in June. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland, Everton and Aston Villa are all hunting Standard Liege's Milan Jovanovic after the midfielder reiterated his desire to play in the Premier League. (Daily Mail)
Full story: Daily Mail

West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo is ready to make a shock move for Rotherham United's highly rated striker Reuben Reid. (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff City veteran Mark Kennedy says striker Ross McCormack, a Hull City target, is a "fantastic player, a great lad and very popular in the dressing room".
Full story: Western Mail

Midfielder Steven Pienaar could be on his way out at Everton after rejecting a new contract. He has attracted interest from Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina. (Daily Mail)

Wolves have told former Celtic defender Bobo Balde he is not fit enough yet to win a contract. (The Sun)

Morton have refused a request from Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni to take winger Jim McAlister on trial. (The Sun)

Released Hibernian midfielder Denes Rosa has snubbed Hearts to sign for Ferencvaros in his homeland. (The Sun)

Hamilton Accies have signed former Bristol City defender Izzy Ikpeda. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not offer John Terry the £250,000 weekly salary he would have got from Manchester City but the England defender's new Stamford Bridge contract will put him on at least £150,000 a week.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Brom midfielder James Morrison could miss Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Norway as he has just started training after summer surgery. (The Sun)

Konstantin Kornakov is more likely to be promoted from within to replace Anatoly Korobochka as Hearts' director of football rather than Avram Grant. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Notts County's players say they have no idea what Sven-Goran Eriksson's precise role will be at the club. The new director of football watched Ian McParland's side beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday but keeper Russell Hoult said: "What Sven does, we don't know."
Full story: Daily Mail



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


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