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Monday's gossip column

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2326 BST: The Swiss Football Federation claims international defender Philippe Senderos has agreed a move from Arsenal to Everton in order to improve his chances of playing for the national side. (Press Association)

2106 BST: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva has held talks with the directors of Brazilian side Corinthians about a move. "You have to see what Rafa Benitez plans," he said. "The president of Corinthians already know that I am interested in and what I want." (Brazilian TV station Terra)

2014 BST: Chelsea have warned they are not willing to sell Joe Cole after the England midfielder was linked with a move to Tottenham. (Chelsea website)

1450 BST: Barcelona are working on a new contract for star forward Lionel Messi that would see him earn £8m a year in wages. (Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo)

1204 BST: Liverpool have signed Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani for £15.3m. (Spanish newspaper Marca)

1057 BST: Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is wanted by Real Madrid, has urged for his future to be sorted out one way or the other as the long-running transfer saga continues to drag on.

"I'm a professional and I must wait for an agreement to be reached, but I hope it is resolved soon, for better or for worse." (Spanish newspaper AS)

1054 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is keen on a move back to Hamburg after being told he has no future at the Bernabeu. (Bild newspaper)

1027 BST: Striker Marouane Chamakh has lashed out at Bordeaux for standing in the way of a "dream" move to Arsenal. (French daily newspaper L'Equipe)

1023 BST: Manchester United have handed a trial to Swedish 15-year-old star Linus Sjoberg who is currently on the books of Vasteras.
Full story: Sky Sports

Keep an eye on the gossip column throughout the day for updates and breaking news during the transfer window.


Chelsea will go on a £100m spending spree this week and hope to sign AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero.
Full story: Daily Mail

Or Chelsea will be priced out of the market and miss out on the signing of Ribery as well as Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. (The Telegraph)


Liverpool have been warned by Valencia that their star forward David Villa is "priceless" and will not be joining the Premier League club.
Full story: The Sun

The Reds, meanwhile, are refusing to budge on their £30m valuation of midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is wanted by Real Madrid. (Daily Star)

Liverpool have made a last-ditch attempt to keep Alonso, with Reds manager Rafael Benitez insisting he wants the Spaniard to stay at the club. (Daily Mirror)

But Alonso looks destined to leave after Liverpool's managing director Christian Purslow met his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Angel Sanchez in Barcelona to complete negotiations.
Full story: The Telegraph

Manchester City are expected to make an improved £20m offer for Everton defender Joleon Lescott.
Full story: Daily Star

Or Manchester City are set to withdraw their interest in Lescott and will instead pursue Chelsea centre-back Alex.
Full story: The Times

Everton have been offered Toulouse right back Albin Ebondo after missing out on the signing of Kyle Naughton, who has joined Tottenham from Sheffield United.
Full story: The Times

Tottenham will offer £10m to Chelsea for midfielder Joe Cole. (Daily Mirror)

But Tottenham look like they will be beaten to the signature of Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong by big-spending Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Spurs striker Darren Bent is expected to complete a £12m move to Sunderland on Monday.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful of beating Tottenham to the £750,000 signing of former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan.
Full story: Daily Express

But Arsenal have had their £5m bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh dismissed as "ridiculous" by club president Jean-Louis Triaud. (Daily Mirror)

The Gunners are expected to sell defender Philippe Senderos, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, to Everton for £6m. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are interested in Toulouse's £12m-rated midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Full story: The Times

Spurs are also keeping tabs on Brazilian midfielder Sandro, who plays for Internacional.
Full story: The Times

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful of signing Manchester City striker Benjani and Hajduk Split forward Nikola Kalinic for a combined £11m.
Full story: The Sun

Birmingham are set to secure the loan signing of Arsenal defender Armand Traore. (The Independent)

The Blues have also been linked with Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel and Aston Villa's Craig Gardner. (The Independent)

Hull City are not prepared to meet Newcastle United's valuation of £4m for defender Habib Beye.
Full story: The Times

But Aston Villa are also keen on Beye and could launch a bid for the 31-year-old Senegal player.
Full story: The Sun

Villa will also battle it out with Inter Milan for Real Madrid's £16m-rated midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is also monitoring Portsmouth defensive duo Sylvain Distin and Sol Campbell. (The Independent)

Hull have made a £3m bid for Stoke midfielder Seyi Olofinjana. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth and England keeper David James has pledged his future to the south-coast club, despite interest from Tottenham.
Full story: The Sun

Leeds have slapped a £8m price tag on star midfielder Fabian Delph, who is wanted by Manchester City and Everton.
Full story: The Sun

Fulham are watching Kalmar FF midfielder Rasmus Elm and are preparing a £2.5m bid.
Full story: The Times

But Everton are also keen on the Swedish international midfielder and may outbid Fulham with £3m. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham have inquired about Sampdoria midfielder Daniele Dessena.
Full story: The Sun

Newcastle midfielder Geremi is keen on move to Turkish side Besiktas. (Daily Mail)

Lyon defender John Mensah has been offered to Sunderland and Portsmouth.
Full story: The Times

Wolves are preparing a bid for towering Rapid Vienna striker Stefan Maierholer. (Daily Mail)

Ipswich manager Roy Keane will make an improved £1m bid for Watford striker Tamas Priskin. (Daily Mirror)

Reading are planning a £2m bid for Doncaster centre-back Matt Mills. (Daily Mirror)


Burnley manager Owen Coyle has revealed the Premier League new boys have only £16m to spend on new signings and player salaries this season. (Daily Mirror)

Stoke boss Tony Pulis says the club's unfashionable image is frustrating him in his bid to sign better quality players. (Daily Express)

Hibernian striker Derek Riordan spent a night in the cells after being refused entry to an Edinburgh nightclub. (Scottish Sun)

Midfielder Scott Brown, returning from injury, is unlikely to play from the start when Celtic visit Dinamo Moscow on Wednesday. (Times)


Los Angeles Galaxy and England midfielder David Beckham is to star alongside governor of California and former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a television advertisement to promote tourism in the American state.
The Sun

Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo's new mansion in Spain will cost £8m and boasts 36 rooms.
The Sun

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see also
Transfers - August 2009
01 Sep 09 |  Football
Monday's Scottish gossip
03 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
02 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
02 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's gossip column
01 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
01 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier

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