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Thursday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1608: Aston Villa lining up a £2.5m bid for Newcastle full-back Habib Beye.

1514 BST: Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni, 32, is keen on a move to West Ham - according to his agent.
Full story: Goal.com

1501 BST: Wolves have been given permission by Reading to speak to 28-year-old winger James Harper.
Full story: 4thegame.com

1459 BST: West Brom have made an offer to Leicester for highly-rated full-back Joe Mattock, 19.
Full story: Sky Sports

1251 BST: Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie says the club are interested in signing out-of-contract striker Mark Viduka, while he confirmed that David Nugent is likely to leave the club.
Full story: The News

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City finally expect to complete the signing of Everton defender Joleon Lescott on Thursday in a deal worth £22m.
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea have not given hope of signing midfielder Andrea Pirlo, despite AC Milan saying the 30-year-old is not for sale.
Full story: Daily Star Pirlo pledges future to AC Milan

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James could be set for a move to Sunderland with Pompey close to signing Antti Niemi on a free transfer.
Full story: The Sun

Portsmouth striker David Nugent could be set for a move away from the club after a bust-up with team-mate Marc Wilson, with Stoke in discussions over a £4m move.
Full story: Various Portsmouth duo fined over bust-up

Tottenham have had a £12m bid for 19-year-old Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko rejected by the French club who claim he is worth double that amount.
Full story: Various

Spurs' pursuit of Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar appears to be at an end with the 25-year-old set to sign for AC Milan.
Full story: The Independent

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has insisted that midfielder Cesc Fabregas will not be leaving the club after reported interest from AC Milan. (Various)
Fabregas eyes Arsenal fightback

Lucas Neill, who is available on a free transfer after leaving West Ham, is set to sign for Sunderland on Thursday.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bayern Munich have played down reports linking 32-year-old Italy striker Luca Toni with a move to West Ham.
Full story: The Independent

Nottingham Forest are planning a £2m bid for Bolton defender Danny Shittu, who has been told he can leave the Reebok Stadium.
Full story: Various

Hull have given a trial to former Wigan and Stoke striker Henri Camara.
Full story: Various

Sunderland are close to signing 21-year-old Egyptian winger Ahmed Al-Muhammadi from ENPPI.
Full story: The Independent

West Brom and Nottingham Forest are battling it out to sign 19-year-old Leicester full-back Joe Mattock for about £2m. (Daily Express)

Ipswich manager Roy Keane is attempting to resurrect a deal to sign Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy for about £2m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Hamilton are still hoping to sign Inverness's Dougie Imrie, Motherwell's Jamie Murphy and Kilmarnock's Craig Bryson despite having bids rejected for the players. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Aston Villa and Leeds manager David O'Leary has turned down the chance to become Newcastle manager after being offered a two-year contract by owner Mike Ashley.
Full story: Daily Mail

Local businessman Barry Moat is set to buy Newcastle United from Mike Ashley for £100m and his first task will be to appoint Alan Shearer as manager.
Full story: Various Kinnear makes Newcastle job claim

American tycoon Clark Hunt is interested in buying West Ham for £120m. Hunt owns two Major League Soccer teams in the United States and his late billionaire father founded the league in 1993.
Full story: The Sun

Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has said the club is living in the "stone age" compared to rivals Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City forward Robinho believes the club are destined for "greatness" and are as big as Real Madrid and Brazil. Full story: The Sun

Chelsea have offered captain John Terry a new contract worth £151,000-a-week, putting him on a par with team-mate Frank Lampard.
Full story: The Times

New Manchester United striker Michael Owen is set to miss out on an England recall for the friendly with the Netherlands later this month.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who has just returned from an 18-month lay-off, could miss the first six weeks of the season after straining a hamstring in training. (The Sun)
Full story: The Sun

Former England manager Terry Venables has warned Newcastle that are not too big a club to be relegated to League One. (The Sun)
Full story: The Sun

Scotland manager George Burley says his side can still make the World Cup qualifiers even if they lose to Norway in Oslo this month. (Various)

Burnley's Steven Caldwell is dreaming of partnering brother Gary in Scotland's defence for the World Cup qualifier against Norway. (Various)

Veteran Rangers defender David Weir says it was Scotland manager George Burley's decision to leave him out of the squad to face Norway. (Daily Express)

David Weir says he will never turn his back on Scotland despite being left out of the latest squad. (Various)

Hibernian forward Derek Riordan was left out of the club's mini-tour of England after being disciplined by the club after spending the night in police cells following a nightclub altercation. (Daily Express)

Hibernian manager John Hughes says Derek Riordan is still in his plans despite the forward being disciplined by the club. (The Scotsman)

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon thinks summer football would help Scottish clubs compete better in Europe. (Various)

The Scottish Premier League will be forced to ditch its reserve league because of a lack of interest. (Daily Express)

East Stirlingshire chairman Spencer Fearn has called on the Scottish Football League management committee as they have brought the game into disrepute by demoting Livingston to Division Three for financial problems. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin is being mocked by his Gunners team-mates who say his accent sounds like the meerkat featured on the Compare the Market television advert. (The Sun)
Full story: The Sun

Everton's plans for a new stadium in Kirkby are on hold because the site is currently occupied by voles. The rodents are protected by law and have to be rehoused before work can begin on the 50,000 seat venue. (The Sun)

West Brom will back England's bid to stage the 2018 World Cup by displaying the campaigns logo on the club's shirts for Saturday's Championship match against Newcastle. (Daily Star)
West Brom back 2018 World Cup bid



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see also
Transfers - August 2009
01 Sep 09 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
05 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
05 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
04 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
04 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
03 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
03 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier


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