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Wednesday's gossip column

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1643: Barcelona have not approached Manchester City about forward Robinho since the summer.

"Robinho is an interesting player who we asked about in the summer. But City would not talk about a transfer and since then we have not made any move," Barca sporting director Txiki Begiristain told
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1407 BST: Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is the clear favourite to replace sacked Gareth Southgate as manager of Middlesbrough.
Full story: The Guardian


Tottenham are lining up a £14m deal for Internacional's Brazilian midfielder Sandro, who is also a target for Spanish duo Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are keeping tabs on 21-year-old Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel, who recently broke into the Netherlands team.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn are monitoring England striker Emile Heskey's situation at Aston Villa. The 31-year-old is struggling to secure a regular first-team place at Villa Park but Rovers may come in to boost his hopes of clinching a berth in the 2010 World Cup squad.
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea want to sign Ghanaian striker Dominic Adiyiah, who plays for Fredrikstad FK in Norway, if the transfer ban at Stamford Bridge is lifted.
Full story: The Sun

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is ready to make Tottenham defender Gareth Bale one of the first signings of new Blues owner Carson Yeung's era in a £3m deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sheffield United are keen to make on-loan keeper Mark Bunn's move to Bramall Lane permanent after Paddy Kenny lost his appeal against a nine-month drugs ban.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa are set to launch a bid to sign striker Jay Bothroyd from Cardiff if England forward Emile Heskey leaves in January.
Full story: Daily Star

Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford is a surprise target for Portuguese side Benfica in the January transfer window. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth are giving a trial to former Millwall and Plymouth striker Cherno Samba.
Full story: Daily Mail


Former Tottenham managers Terry Venables and Ossie Ardiles believe that current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will lead the club into the Champions League.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has ended his feud with midfielder Nigel Reo Coker. The pair had a training ground bust-up in September and Reo Coker has not started a game since but O'Neill hugged the 25-year-old in the dressing room before the draw with Manchester City on 5 October as an indication the incident was behind them.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan, whose Atletico Madrid side play Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday, says that the Blues have overtaken his former side Manchester United as the best team in the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has vowed to help under-fire defensive teammate Rio Ferdinand get back to his best with United and England.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton manager David Moyes has slammed the Football League for their lack of respect for the Carling Cup, suggesting sponsors Carling must ask serious questions about the way sides are being forced to field weaker teams in the early rounds due to commitments in other competitions.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has welcomed this summer's World Cup in South Africa as it provides extra incentive for his English players to perform for the Hammers this season.
Full story: The Sun


Chelsea's Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, who switched from AC Milan in the summer, has joked that driving in England is tougher than managing the Blues.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway missed the first of Blackpool's three goals in their home win over Sheffield United last night, as he was on a 'comfort break'. "I missed that one. I get so nervous these days after a year off, I sank three bottles of water and my bladder isn't what it used to be," said Holloway, whose side are now just two points off the top of the Championship in fifth place.
Full story: Daily Mail

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see also
Transfers - October 2009
28 Oct 09 |  Football
Tuesday's gossip column
20 Oct 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
20 Oct 09 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
19 Oct 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
19 Oct 09 |  Scottish Premier

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