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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1630 BST: Marseille have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze on a three-year deal.
Full story: Marseille club website

1521 BST: West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola says he faces stiff competition in his bid to sign Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, but he remains determined to bolster his attacking options. (Press Association)

1208 BST: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he is still interested in signing Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but any move for the Dutch international will depend on Darren Bent leaving White Hart Lane. (Press Association)

1148 BST: Bayern Munich rejected Real Madrid's offer of 80m euros (about £68m) for French winger Franck Ribery. (L'Equipe)

1048 BST: Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has moved a step closer to joining Real Madrid after he handed in a written transfer request.
Full story: Liverpool Echo

1015 BST: Bolton manager Gary Megson has ruled out making a new bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso, who the club tried to sign in January.
Full story: The Bolton News

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Patrick Vieira to return to the Gunners - four years after the 33-year-old Inter Milan midfielder left for Juventus. And Wenger is willing to match Tottenham's offer, which is believed to be a one-year deal with big bonuses.
Full story: Various

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is keen to add more English players to his squad and is preparing a £12m bid for Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole and will offer Hull £5.5m for defender Michael Turner.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, any deal for Cattermole and Turner is dependent on the sale of Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid but the clubs are close to a £30m deal for the 27-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool have given Real 48 hours to complete Alonso's signing with the Spanish giants set to make an improved bid of between £28m and £30m.
Full story: The Times

Aston Villa are monitoring forward Robbie Keane's situation at Tottenham after the arrival of fellow striker Peter Crouch.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham and England defender Matthew Upson is also a target for Villa and they are poised to make a £12m bid for the 28-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants to pair Upson with Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin and is ready to offer £4.5m for the 30-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham striker Darren Bent is attracting interest from Aston Villa, but Sunderland remain favourites to sign the 25-year-old for about £15m.
Full story: The Independent

Inter Milan could revive their interest in Chelsea midfielder Deco, with Barcelona winger Alexander Hleb - who was due to arrive at the San Siro on loan - set to sign for his former club Stuttgart.
Full story: Daily Mail

Middlesbrough defender Robert Huth could be set for a return to the Premier League with Fulham prepared to pay £2m for the 24-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle have accepted a £9m bid from Wolfsburg for 24-year-old striker Obafemi Martins.
Full story: The Times

Everton are interested in signing 18-year-old Stockport defender Josh Thompson.
Full story: The Sun

Portsmouth had hoped to sign Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic but the 21-year-old's club Hadjuk Split are not happy with the £5.5m fee being spread over three years.
Full story: Various

Celtic are interested in signing Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon for £2m. (Daily Mirror)

Sheffield United want goalkeeper Nicky Weaver to replace Paddy Kenny, who faces a two-year ban after failing a drugs test.
Full story: The Sun

QPR, Leicester and Crystal Palace are all vying to sign 24-year-old striker Leroy Lita who is available on a free transfer after leaving Reading. Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Kevin Keegan could be in line for yet another return to Newcastle as manager - if a Dubai tycoon succeeds with a £100m takeover of the club.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he failed to get the best out of Dimitar Berbatov last season and has warned their Premier League rivals that there is more to come from the Bulgarian striker.
Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says winning the Premier League title is more important than the Champions League for the west London club.
Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill believe the Midlands club need to sign five new players before the start of the season.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea have moved to secure midfielder Joe Cole and defender Ashley Cole on long-term contracts, while strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are also set to sign new deals. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has revealed the club have turned to the Pilates fitness system in their preparations for the new season.
Full story: The Sun



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


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