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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1438 BST: West Ham have had a bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh rejected by the French club. (L'Equipe)

1354 BST: Aston Villa target Wesley Sneijder says he does not want to leave Real Madrid and wants to stay at the Bernabeu and fight for his place. Full story: Independent

1224 BST: Diomansy Kamara insists he will remain with Fulham despite being linked with a move to French champions Bordeaux. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Everton have bid £8m for Newcastle central defender Steven Taylor in a move which could pave the way for Joleon Lescott to leave Goodison Park for Manchester City.
Full story: The Daily Star

Franck Ribery is believed to be keen to leave Bayern Munich which could encourage Chelsea and Manchester United to increase their efforts to sign the French winger.
Full story: Times

Aston Villa have moved to bolster their defence by putting in a £5m bid for Manchester City centre-back Richard Dunne. (Daily Express)

Damien Duff could be another player to leave Newcastle as Wolves and Fulham battle it out for the left-sided midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United scouts were casting their eye over Argentine striker Sergio Aguero in his country's 3-2 win over Russia on Wednesday.
Full story: The Sun

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has told chairman John Williams to provide the funds to sign former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland are planning a triple swoop for Pompey keeper David James and defender Sylvain Distin as well as Lucas Neill, who is out of contract at West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton boss Gary Megson says the club took out an £8m escape clause in the contract of Gary Cahill when the defender recently signed a new contract.
Full story: Daily Mail

Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli is set to join Fenerbahce on loan. (Daily Mirror)

But Wolves and Everton are interested in the Turkey striker as well and could get him for about £6m.
Full story: Independent

Cardiff, Derby, QPR and Sheffield United are all chasing Gillingham striker Simeon Jackson. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres says the Reds will have no excuses if they do not win the Premier League this season.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool's new £20m signing Alberto Aquilani may be sidelined with an ankle problem but he insists he is not injury prone.
Full story: Daily Star

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn says the Ewood Park side are planning to "kick lumps" out of Manchester City's stars when the two sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday.
Full story: The Sun

Fiorentina may make an official complaint to Uefa over Manchester United signing Italy Under-16 captain Michele Fornasier.
Full story: Independent

Birmingham owners David Gold and David Sullivan may try to buy West Ham if they sell Birmingham to Carson Yeung.
Full story: The Sun

The Magpies could also have a manager in place by next Monday as Joe Kinnear is set to return to take charge of the Championship club.
Full story: Daily Express

AND FINALLY

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is famed for his classic "I didn't see it" phrase when it comes to questions about his players committing fouls but the Frenchman says he has sometimes lied to protect his players.
Full story: Times



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see also
Transfers - August 2009
01 Sep 09 |  Football
Thursday's gossip column
13 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
12 Aug 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
12 Aug 09 |  Scottish Premier


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