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Wednesday's gossip column

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Reports in Spain suggest Hull City have completed the signing of Algerian forward Kamel Ghilas from Celta Vigo. (1146 BST)
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Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini, a reported target of Chelsea, is not Leaving Sampdoria, according to the Italian club's general director Giuseppe Marotta. (1131 BST)
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AC Milan want Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham to return to the San Siro in January for a second loan spell, which would keep alive the England player's World Cup hopes.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are intent on continuing their pursuit of Joleon Lescott with a £22m bid for the Everton defender despite the insistence of Toffees boss David Moyes that the 26-year-old is not for sale.
Full story: The Times

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has failed in his bid to make Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi his first big-name signing at Stamford Bridge.
Full story: The Sun

But Ancelotti could make a surprise £17m move for Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini. (Daily Express)

Bayern Munich have stepped up their pursuit of Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa and urged the Blues to keep their word over allowing him to join them for about £15m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko will see out the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge after rejecting a move to former club Dynamo Kiev.
Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has been challenged by Blackburn to treble his bid for Rovers defender Stephen Warnock to £12m or forget the deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

O'Neill is also keen to bring Tottenham midfielders David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas to Villa Park.
Full story: The Guardian

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp could be forced back into the transfer market after learning that centre-back Jonathan Woodgate faces at least two months on the sidelines following surgery on a groin problem.
Full story: Daily Mirror

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And Redknapp is set to up his offer for Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko from £12m to £15.5m, although the French club want £25m.
Full story: The Sun

Wolves are set to sign Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, who had a loan spell at Molineux last season, on a season-long loan deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham hope to sign Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni and Barcelona front man Eidur Gudjohnsen by the end of the transfer window, initially on a loan basis. (The Guardian)

The Hammers are interested in Napoli defender Leandro Rinaudo, with boss Gianfranco Zola keen to bring the 6ft 4in centre-back in on loan if he loses Matthew Upson or James Collins.
Full story: Daily Mail

Defender Lucas Neill could be set for a return to Upton Park after the former West Ham skipper revealed he is considering a contract offer from Zola.
Full story: The Sun

Derby manager Nigel Clough is ready to sign experienced goalkeeper Jimmy Walker on a free transfer from West Ham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has gone back to his former club Wigan with a £10m offer for midfielder Lee Cattermole.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn are giving a trial to former Real Madrid right-back Michel Salgado.
Full story: The Sun

Rovers are leading a three-club chase with Wigan and Birmingham for Rennes winger Olivier Thomert.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal are on the trail of 6ft 4in Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis ready to make a £12m offer for the 20-year-old Serb who is also attracting interest from Everton.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham are adamant that defender Brede Hangeland will not leave unless Arsenal shatter the club's £12m transfer record, which was paid by Manchester United for Louis Saha. (The Guardian)

The Cottagers are eyeing a £4m move for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City winger Martin Petrov would not be surprised if he was sold by the club this summer, with Tottenham keen on the Bulgaria international.
Full story: The Sun

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is being monitored by a host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Portsmouth, Wigan, Hull and Sunderland.
Full story: Independent

Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Middlesbrough midfielder Boudewijn Zenden claims he is in talks with Hull, Blackburn and Portsmouth over a return to the Premier League.
Full story: Independent

Reading manager Brendan Rodgers is planning a double swoop on his old club Watford for midfielder Jobi McAnuff and striker Tommy Smith.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Turkish club Besiktas are poised to land Reading midfielder Jem Karacan in a £1m deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung is set to revive his bid to buy Birmingham City in a £70m deal.
Full story: The Sun

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is preparing for a hostile reception when he attends the club's home Championship match against Reading on Saturday.
Full story: Daily Mail

If Ashley fails to sell Newcastle this week he will stay at St James' Park for another two years and appoint David O'Leary as manager with a brief to make the club viable for another attempted sale in 2011.
Full story: Daily Mail

Any hope Arsenal's Spanish-born goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has of playing for England if they qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals appears to be over after the coach of the national side Fabio Capello dismissed the idea.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has warned boss Rafael Benitez that Xabi Alonso will be virtually irreplaceable after the midfielder was sold to Real Madrid. (Daily Star)


Former Arsenal, West Ham and Celtic striker John Hartson says "I have so much to live for" after winning the first stage of his fight against cancer. (The Sun)

Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter appeared at Gateshead magistrates court on Monday pleading special reasons why he should not be banned for a speeding offence. After being clocked at 112mph, the 23-year-old said he thought he was being followed by a car full of angry Newcastle fans before discovering that it was actually the police.
Full story: The Guardian

Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres will have a Masterchef-style cook off to discover who is Anfield's best chef. October's final will be held in Carragher's city centre sports restaurant, with chef Marco Pierre White adding expert comments and post-meal analysis.
Full story: The Sun

Michela Quattrociocche, the fiancee of new Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, says she dreams of marrying the Italian international one day, and added: "Ours is a love that gives you cramps in the stomach." (The Sun)

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Transfers - August 2009
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Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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Tuesday's gossip column
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Monday's gossip column
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