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Thursday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1436 BST: The agent of Napoli's Brazilian defender Leandro Rinaudo has put West Ham on alert by saying his client would be well suited to the Premier League.
Full story: The Independent

1433 BST: Hull manager Phil Brown remains optimistic that the Tigers can complete a deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo, even though the player's agent has said that Italian Serie A side Roma is his clients favoured destination.
Full story: Sky Sports

1414 BST: Real Madrid could relaunch their bid to sign Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery by offering 30m euros plus two from their Dutch contingent of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Royston Drenthe and Rafael Van der Vaart. (AFP)

1349 BST: Sunderland are reported to be closing in on a one-year loan agreement for Lyon defender John Mensah.
Full story: Sky Sports

1032 BST: Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is set to begin talks over a new contract with the Blues.
Full story: Sky Sports

1020 BST: Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland has played down suggestions he set to join Arsenal.
Full story: The Metro

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona are weighing up an increased offer for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and would like to sign the Spaniard before the Gunners' Champions League match at Celtic on Tuesday to avoid him being cup-tied for the European competition.
Full story: The Sun

Tottenham are considering a £5m move for Crystal Palace forward Victor Moses.
Full story: Daily Star

West Ham and Fulham are set to battle it out for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh after Arsenal called off their chase for the highly rated Moroccan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham also face a fight with Everton for the signing of Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are hoping to hijack Bayern Munich's £5m move for FC Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer, who has received rave reviews from United scouts.
Full story: The Sun

Argentine defender Renato Civelli, who broke off discussions with Blackburn over a Bosman transfer after failing to agree terms due to his excessive demands, wants to re-kindle the move because he is desperate to play in the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth are closing in on the signing of former Middlesbrough midfielder Bolo Zenden.
Full story: Daily Star

Fulham are closing in on a deal to sign Mark Viduka after the former Newcastle striker flew into London for talks on Wednesday night.
Full story: Daily Mail

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo is keen to join Hull.
Full story: The Sun

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is considering a move for Celtic's Scottish international midfielder Scott Brown.
Full story: The Guardian

Burnley boss Owen Coyle hopes to clinch the £2.8 million signing of Reading's Cameroon defender Andre Bikey on Thursday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is on the verge of bringing Paris St Germain midfielder Jerome Rothen to Ewood Park for £2million.
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen to make 20-year-old Serbian striker Nemanja Matic his fourth signing since taking the reins at Stamford Bridge in a £4million deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is putting a move for French midfielder Mohamed Diame from Spanish side Rayo Vallecano on hold because of a heart scare in his medical.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne is set to sign a new four-year deal at Stamford Bridge before then joining Premier League newcomers Wolves on loan for the season.
Full story: The Times

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City have demanded to see the medical records of Joleon Lescott before making a new bid for the Everton defender.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard believes Manchester City could be Premier League title challengers this season.
Full story: The Sun

Similarly, Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill feels that City can challenge for the title, conceding that the Eastland outfit's summer spending spree has created a Premier League "big five".
Full story: Daily Mirror

Carlo Ancelotti claims the English core of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole at the heart of his Chelsea team will help him recapture the title for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool midfielder Lucas believes he is the man to fill the shoes of recently departed Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Full story: Daily Express

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has insisted the Reds have not taken a gamble in signing injured midfielder Alberto Aquilani, arguing that his ankle problem means he was cheaper.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has given manager Roy Hodgson a license to spend as the Cottagers go in search of Europa League success.
Full story: Daily Express

Sulaiman Al Fahim has promised to be at Fratton Park for Portsmouth's season opener even though his proposed takeover of the club has yet to be completed.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb, who has recently joined German side Stuttgart on a season-long loan, admits he made a mistake in leaving Arsenal last summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

While Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole were lining up for England in Holland on Wednesday night, the first screening of a film they jointly funded, Dead Man Running, starring 50 Cent, was showing in Central London. (The Guardian)

Arsenal striker Nicolas Bendtner hopes that a change of squad number from 26 to his lucky number 52 will improve his fortunes in front of goal.
Full story: The Sun

However, Bendtner's decision to change number has not got off to the best start as he faces a £10,000 bill from Arsenal after offering to reimburse fans who bought replica shirts bearing his old number.
Full story: The Guardian



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Transfers - August 2009
01 Sep 09 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
12 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
12 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
11 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
11 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier


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