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Tuesday's gossip column

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2131: Hull and Aston Villa have joined Sunderland in the race to sign Tottenham striker Darren Bent. (Press Association).

1131: Andrea Dossena is another defender possibly heading out of Anfield. The player's agent has told Italian radio station Radio Kiss Kiss that Liverpool have accepted a £4.3m offer from Napoli for the 27-year-old. (Press Association)

1001 BST: Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa says he is close to completing a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid. (Marca)


Manchester City have struck a deal with Arsenal for the £15m signing of defender Kolo Toure, who will double his wages at Eastlands.
Full story: Daily Mail

Toure's departure from Arsenal to Manchester City is set to spark a defender merry-go-round this summer. Joleon Lescott will also move to Eastlands from Everton, with Tottenham's Alan Hutton and City's Nedum Onuoha replacing him at Goodison Park, while Arsenal are to move for Fulham's Brede Hangeland.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City and Bolton are leading the chase for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso, who is valued at about £15m.
Full story: The Sun

Real Madrid have said that Liverpool's £30m valuation of midfielder Xabi Alonso is unrealistic. The Spanish club are not willing to pay more than £24m.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Burnley are ready to make an improved bid for Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham are struggling to keep defender Lucas Neill at the club after contract talks broke down. Turkish side Galatasaray are favourites to sign the 31-year-old.
Full story: The Sun

West Ham striker Dean Ashton is wanted by Hull after they failed to sign Bobby Zamora from Fulham.
Full story: Daily Express

Aston Villa are interested in Blackburn's £6m-rated defender Stephen Warnock.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal have joined the list of clubs linked with Roma striker Mirko Vucinic. (Daily Telegraph)

Hull are poised to join Everton in the race for Tottenham defender Alan Hutton.
Full story: The Sun

Portsmouth are closing in on the signing of Hadjuk Split striker Nikola Kalinic as a replacement for Peter Crouch, who has joined Tottenham. (Various)

And Pompey have offered defender Sylvain Distin a new contract to fight off Aston Villa's £3m bid. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy and Portsmouth winger John Utaka are both targets for Stoke.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wigan have told former boss Steve Bruce, who is now at Sunderland, not to make another bid for midfielder Lee Cattermole.
Full story: The Sun

Everton manager David Moyes has launched a £7m bid for Alan Hutton after the Scotland defender was deemed surplus to requirements at Tottenham Hotspur. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock have agreed a contract with freed Rotherham striker Mark Burchill subject to a medical. (Various)

Plymouth have put in a cash offer to Amiens for Reda Johnson and are likely to beat Aberdeen to the defender's signature. (Daily Record)

Hamilton are keeping tabs on 20-year-old former Rennes defender David Louhongou. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone will complete the signing of former Inverness midfielder Filipe Morais on Wednesday. (Various)


Inter Milan's ex-Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho says he wants to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona's former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has denied reports that he told another ex-Gunners favourite, Patrick Vieira, to sign for arch rivals Tottenham, although he did tell Spurs boss Harry Redknapp the Inter Milan midfielder "would be a brilliant signing". However, Henry added: "I am Arsenal through and through. I'd never advise anyone to sign for Tottenham."
Full story: The Sun

Kilmarnock have withdrawn their offer of a coaching post to retiring midfielder Gary Locke. (The Times)

Dinamo Moscow assistant Alexsandr Smirnov says he learned little about Celtic on Sunday because Tony Mowbray played his reserve side in the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Full story: Daily Record

Celtic are set to name Lisbon Lion and former captain and manager Billy McNeill as the club's official ambassador.
Full story: The Sun

Scotland manager George Burley has written to Sir Alex Ferguson asking for Darren Fletcher to be rested for Man Utd's Community Shield match against Chelsea ahead of the World Cup qualifier in Norway.
Full story: Daily Record

Steau Bucharest president Gigi Becali says Motherwell have no chance of beating his team in Thursday's Europa League qualifier.
Full story: Daily Record

Former Aberdeen and Hibernian manager Alex Miller has been sacked by J-League club JEF United Chiba. (Daily Mail)

Scotland Women's record goalscorer Julie Fleeting has given birth to baby daughter Ella Katie. (The Scotsman)


Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed the level of influence he has at Stamford Bridge in his first interview since rejecting Manchester City's overtures. Terry says he is among a trio of players, along with midfielder Frank Lampard and striker Didier Drogba, who give advice to owner Roman Abramovich.

Darren Bent really was a last-minute withdrawal from Tottenham's pre-season tour to China as his move to Sunderland gathered pace on Monday night. The striker was strapped in his seat just before take off when the call came that the two clubs were close to agreeing a deal. His bags were retrieved from the hold of the plane before he travelled north to begin talks.

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see also
Transfers - July 2009
30 Jul 09 |  Football
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
28 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
27 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
27 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
26 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
26 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier

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