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Friday's gossip column

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1546 BST: Nwankwo Kanu is close to agreeing a new one-year contract with Premier League club Portsmouth, according to the Nigeria striker's agent. (The News, Portsmouth)

1519 BST: Manchester City are preparing an increased offer of £22m for Everton defender Joleon Lescott but the Goodison Park outfit remain adamant they will not sell the defender. (Press Association)

0942 BST: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks set to step up his interest in Bordeaux's £12m-rated Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh. (French newspaper L'Equipe)

0930 BST: England midfielder David Beckham insists he is happy at the Los Angeles Galaxy in America despite last week's ugly confrontation with spectators during his first home game for the club after returning from a five-month loan spell in Italy with AC Milan.

"I'm happy to be playing for this team and I'm enjoying it," he told Sky Sports News.

"I've got the support of the players - that's the most important thing, to have the support of the team, owners and management."


Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is holding out for £30m following Xabi Alonso's transfer request, with Real Madrid having already offered £24m.
Full story: The Guardian

Manchester United will launch a £35m bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery in two weeks.
Full story: The Sun

Mark Hughes is set to offer £22m for Joleon Lescott, with Everton so far unwilling to release their defender to Manchester City. (Daily Express)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is targeting Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi, with the Italian star valued at around £30m.
Full story: The Independent

It looks like a busy time for the Gunners with St Etienne's defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi being lined up for a move, while midfield legend Patrick Vieira is set to return and be his mentor.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are keen on signing Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani.
Full story: The Independent

Having signed Southampton striker Stern John, Crystal Palace are closing in on the signing of Derby defender Claude Davis. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth are close to signing Australian striker Mark Viduka on a one-year deal after they failed to get Croatia's Nikola Kalinic.
Full story: Daily Mail

Ipswich boss Roy Keane may splash out £1m for Watford's Hungarian forward Tamas Priskin. (Daily Mail)

QPR have signed Italian striker Alessandro Pellicori on a three-year deal after a successful trial.
Full story: Sky Sports

West Brom have offered £1.5m for Real Betis winger David Odonkor. (The Sun)


Everton skipper Phil Neville has criticised Manchester City's chase of defender Joleon Lescott, with Mark Hughes about to table a third offer.

"There are ways and means of doing things, and Everton do it the right way," Neville says.
Full story: Liverpool Echo

Ipswich boss Roy Keane has taken his players for a two-day pre-season mission on an army boot camp in Colchester.

"It was hard work and the players are tired but I think they enjoyed it and their attitude was spot on," Keane says.
Full story: Daily Telegraph


Man City boss Mark Hughes is refusing to get embroiled in any mind games with Sir Alex Ferguson. The United manager was recently unhappy with the Carlos Tevez poster erected in the city centre with the message: 'Welcome to Manchester'.

"It was just a bit of fun. I didn't get too het up but Sir Alex did," Hughes says.
Full story: The Guardian

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