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Wednesday's gossip column

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1232 BST: Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has urged Stoke boss Tony Pulis to bring his former West Ham team-mate and striker Dean Ashton to the Britannia stadium.
Full story: Stoke Sentinel

1223 BST: Reports in Italy and Germany say that former Arsenal winger Alexander Hleb could be on his way to Stuttgart. The 28-year-old, who is currently at Barcelona, appears to have turned down a move to Inter Milan because of the limited prospects of regular football. (Press Association)

1211 BST: Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane. West Ham defender Matthew Upson and Real Madrid forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar are also targets.
Full story: Birmingham Mail

1133 BST: Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has placed an £80m price tag on winger Franck Ribery, matching the sum that took Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Real Madrid. The 26-year-old Frenchman has been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. (Sport Bild magazine)

0957 BST: Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has again ruled out the departure of Marouane Chamakh to Sunderland by insisting he will only let the striker join a "big club". Chamakh, who has also been linked with Arsenal, has claimed Sunderland are the team with whom he has had the most advanced talks. (L'Equipe)


Liverpool will reluctantly sell midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in the next few days. Although manager Rafael Benitez wanted £35m for the 27-year-old, the fee is likely to be less than £30m.
Full story: Daily Express

Everton defender Joleon Lescott is ready to tell manager David Moyes that he wants to join big-spending Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Middlesbrough have received a £9m offer from Stuttgart for Turkish striker Tuncay. Aston Villa, Everton and Tottenham are also interested in the 27-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke have joined the list of clubs chasing Tottenham striker Darren Bent.
Full story: The Sun

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has made a cash-plus-player offer for Hull centre-half Michael Turner. Pascal Chimbonda has been offered to Hull manager Phil Brown.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AC Milan and Inter Milan are both interested in Manchester City midfielder Elano.
Full story: The Sun

Portsmouth are talking to winger Stephen Hunt over a £3.5m transfer after Reading dropped their asking price.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bolton defender Nicky Hunt has been told he can leave the Reebok Stadium following the arrival of Sam Ricketts. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are lining up a swap deal with AC Milan in order to land midfielder Andrea Pirlo. As part of the package, striker Claudio Pizarro and defender Michael Mancienne would head to Italy.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal utility player Emmanuel Eboue is set to become the latest player to leave the Gunners by signing a five-year deal with Fiorentina.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Burnley boss Owen Coyle says he is still hopeful of signing Ecuador winger Fernando Guerrero despite the player returning to Independiente del Valle. (The Independent)

Portsmouth want to sign former Wigan forward Amr Zaki on loan from Egyptian side El Zamalek.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has made a £1.7m bid for Celta Vigo's Algerian striker Kamel Ghilas.
Full story: The Sun

And Allardyce has been given the all-clear by Chelsea to sign striker Franco Di Santo on loan. (Daily Mirror)

West Bromwich Albion are interested in Wigan forward Marlon King. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic hope to conclude the £500,000 capture of Stockport County's 18-year-old defender Josh Thompson within 48 hours. (Daily Mail)

Hearts striker Calum Elliot coud be out for up to five months after his new boots caused an inflammation in his heel bone that could require surgery. (Various)

Falkirk midfielder Neil McCann is poised to leave his contract with the club to become part of Sky Sports' coverage of the Scottish Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Falkirk are vying with Middlesbrough for the signature of Galway's Republic of Ireland Under-21 forward Jay O'Shea. (Daily Express)

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon could make a surprise early return from injury and play for Sunderland in Saturday's friendly against Celtic. (Daily Express)


It looks like Alan Shearer will not be Newcastle manager for the new season as BBC presenter Gary Lineker says the former Magpies and England striker will once again be joining him on Match Of The Day.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has suffered another setback in his recovery from knee surgery and could be out until Christmas.
Full story: Daily Mirror

New Celtic boss Tony Mowbray says the speed of his revolution at Parkhead depends on victory over Dynamo Moscow in the Champions League qualifiers.
Full story: Daily Record


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has renewed his war of words with Real Madrid, this time over their summer transfer spree.

"They will have plenty of problems with balance," he said. "I told Ronaldo before he flew out that he will end up playing centre-half because I don't think they have one. I don't envy (Real coach Manuel) Pellegrini picking his team. Barcelona are different because they have grown their squad properly and added one or two players each season." Ouch.

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see also
Transfers - July 2009
01 Aug 09 |  Football
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
29 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
28 Jul 09 |  Gossip
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

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