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Sunday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1922: Tottenham are interested in prising midfielder Joe Cole away from Chelsea as the England international enters the last 12 months of his Stamford Bridge contract.
Full story: The Guardian

1421: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has rubbished reports that he has bid for Newcastle's Sebastien Bassong, although he has admitted the defender is a player he is interested in.

1239: Birmingham are hoping to sign Arsenal defender Armand Traore on loan in the next 48 hours, while Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel and Aston Villa forward Craig Gardner are also targets. (PA)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United are about to tell Valencia to name their price for midfielder David Silva.
Full story: News of the World

And United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will enquire about Silva and striker David Villa when Valencia arrive at Old Trafford for Wednesday's friendly.
Full story: The People

Manchester United are also preparing a £35m offer for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.
Full story: Sunday Express

Everton defender Joleon Lescott is set to hand in a transfer request to force through his £22m move to Manchester City.
Full story: News of the World

Sunderland are preparing a double transfer swoop for Tottenham's David Bentley and Michael Dawson.
Full story: The People

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to call off the propsosed £7m deal for Gremio midfielder Douglas Costa because of concerns about the 18-year-old's private life.
Full story: News of the World

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has been told to bid an extra £1m if he wants to land Spurs striker Darren Bent. The Black Cats have already offered £14m.
Full story: The People

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is resigned to losing midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid. (Sunday Express)

After missing out on former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp could try and bid for Bayern Munich skipper Mark van Bommel.
Full story: News of the World

Chelsea midfielder Deco says he has turned down an offer from Inter Milan to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea could renew their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart if the Spanish giants reduce the Dutchman's price.
Full story: The People

And the Blues are set to complete the signing of AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo early next week, if striker Claudio Pizarro moves in the opposite direction.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Aston Villa will make a £5m bid for Blackburn left-back Stephen Warnock next week.
Full story: News of the World

Arsenal are closing in on 23-year-old PSV midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, who is valued at £7m. (The People)

Blackburn want to sign Manchester City striker Benjani, after missing out on Tottenham's Peter Crouch and Kamel Ghilas of Celta Vigo.
Full story: News of the World

Portsmouth, though, are also in the hunt for Benjani as they desperately try and find a replacement for Crouch.
Full story: The People

Fulham and Wolves are battling it out for Southampton's England under-21 midfielder Adam Lallana.
Full story: News of the World

Aston Villa and Blackburn are among the teams chasing Newcastle defender Habib Beye.
Full story: The People

Everton are in pole position to land Valencia right-back Miguel.
Full story: News of the World

Fulham want to sign Arsenal striker Carlos Vela on loan should the Gunners make a serious offer for centre-half Brede Hangeland.
Full story: The People

Bolton boss Gary Megson wants to sign Hoffenheim full-back Andreas Beck but could face competition from Fiorentina.
Full story: News of the World

Middlesbrough have beaten Sheffield United to the signing of Reading striker Leroy Lita on a free transfer.
Full story: The People

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City's summer spending spree has seen their annual wage bill double in two years to £100m a year.
Full story: News of the World

However, their dealings in the transfer market and their pursuit of Everton defender Joleon Lescott has angered Toffees boss David Moyes. "It is about showing respect - and we are not being shown that," he says.
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Alan Shearer seems to have given up hope of becoming Newcastle manager on a permanent basis. The former England and Magpies striker has gone on his holidays to Portugal and has no plans to return before the new season starts.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

And Shearer has confirmed to the BBC that he will be with them on the Match Of The Day sofa, rather than the dug-out, when Newcastle begin their Championship campaign.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

A South African diamond billionaire is the latest potential buyer linked with Newcastle. The diamond prospector, who was discovered by former chairman Sir John Hall, has expressed an interest in meeting the asking price.
Full story: Sunday Express

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira will make a shock return to Arsenal this week, and has been lined up by the club's hierarchy as a long-term successor to manager Arsene Wenger.
Full story: The People

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is to sign a new contract within the next two weeks which will keep him at the club until 2014 and give him earnings of more than £100,000-a-week.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

AND FINALLY

New Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that his approach to management has been crafted by how his father used to make cheese. "The big lesson I learned was to wait, to be patient. Because whoever wants to produce parmigiano has to wait at least one year before everything is ready for him to make the cheese," he said.
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see also
Transfers - August 2009
01 Sep 09 |  Football
Saturday's gossip column
01 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
01 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Friday's gossip column
31 Jul 09 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
31 Jul 09 |  Scottish Premier


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