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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Former Reading manager Steve Coppell will be put in charge of Bristol City next week, with Keith Millen at his side, although their future titles are as yet unknown.
Full story: Bristol Evening Post


Manchester City have offered to make Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, who becomes a free agent this summer, the Premier League's best-paid player with a four-year contract worth £40m.
Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has pleaded with manager Sir Alex Ferguson not to sell him.
Full story: The Sun

United striker Wayne Rooney is Real Madrid's number one transfer target this summer and the Spanish giants want to use winger Cristiano Ronaldo to help lure his former team-mate to the Bernabeu.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa could face a battle to keep James Milner and Ashley Young at the club if they finish outside the top four.
Full story: The Sun

"We'll give Rafael Benitez cash to splash," says new Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton.
Full story: Daily Mail

David O, BBC Sport

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has welcomed the speculation linking Arsenal with a £21m double swoop for Charles N'Zogbia and Hugo Rodallega this summer.
Full story: The Independent

Martinez is considering a £1.5m move for Lens defender Marco Ramos.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia could leave the club in the summer after Arsene Wenger refused to back his number one.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn Rovers are closing in on a £5m deal for Poland striker Robert Lewandowski.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham look set to win the race for Portsmouth's £4m-rated defender Marc Wilson.
Full story: Daily Mail

Portsmouth and Middlesbrough are at odds over Gary O'Neil's final transfer fee. The midfielder has played 99 games for Boro since his move from Fratton Park in 2007 and Pompey are due £1m when he completes 100 games.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce insists goalkeeper Craig Gordon will not leave the Stadium of Light this summer.
Full story: Daily Mail Aberdeen are set to move for Kilmarnock striker Kevin Kyle in the summer, having missed out on the target man in January. (Sun)


Manchester City are demanding an official explanation after referee Martin Atkinson was drafted in to officiate Saturday's derby against Manchester United as a late replacement for Steve Bennett. Atkinson was the referee who played six minutes of stoppage time at the end of the controversial reverse fixture at Old Trafford last September.
Full story: The Guardian

City boss Roberto Mancini will hold talks with striker Carlos Tevez after the United match following the Argentine's criticism of his training methods.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson rates Saturday's meeting at Eastlands as the biggest derby of his career.
Full story: The Sun

The Middle East consortium bidding to buy Liverpool claim co-owner George Gillett reneged on a £420m takeover after a deal was agreed.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Any party interested in buying Liverpool must commit to building a new stadium, while new chairman Martin Broughton has assured fans that there is no need to sell star players such as midfielder Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres.
Full story: The Times

Torres is doubtful for Monday's game against West Ham after a planned return to Spain for further consultation on his troublesome right knee was delayed by the closure of British airspace.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti says Tottenham can challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his trophyless side are the only big four club not in decline.
Full story: Daily Express

England coach Fabio Capello has not ruled out a return to Real Madrid after this summer's World Cup.
Full story: The Sun

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy feels Fulham counterpart Roy Hodgson is a contender for this season's League Managers Association manager of the year award.
Full story: The Sun

Former Watford and Reading manager Brendan Rodgers is in line to replace Paul Ince after the former England midfielder resigned as boss on Friday.
Full story: Daily Mail

Dick Advocaat, who resigned as coach of Belgium on Thursday just six months after taking on the role, looks set to become the new Russia coach.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Southampton boss Alan Pardew refused to comment yesterday on reports linking him with the vacant Celtic job.
Full story: The Times


Portsmouth midfielder Aaron Mokoena has revealed how as a child his mother dressed him as a girl to escape a massacre in the township they lived in during apartheid South Africa.
Full story: The Guardian

Pompey midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng faces a 630-mile drive to make Sunday's game against Aston Villa after being stranded in Germany by the current air traffic chaos.
Full story: The Sun

Airline passengers stranded at Cologne/Bonn airport were offered free tickets to watch FC Koln's Bundesliga match against VfL Bochum on Friday evening in return for showing their airline ticket.
Full story: Reuters

Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda believes his hairstyle helped revive Chelsea's season. After defeats by Manchester City and Inter Milan, the France international switched to his now signature braids and he has helped put the Blues on course for a Premier League and FA Cup double.

"I went to see my friend who does my hair and said I needed to change it," said Malouda. "I said I need to go back to basics and be a warrior. After that I scored two doubles, so there's no way I'm changing it now." (The Sun)

Arsenal's Russian forward Andrey Arshavin says his wife Yulia loves London and wants to become a British citizen.
Full story: The Sun

But Arshavin himself cannot stand living in Britain despite being paid £80,000 a week - he finds it "difficult to adjust" and is homesick for his native St Petersburg, where his life is "more comfortable".
Full story: Daily Star

Bolton defender Gary Cahill had a rib removed to help him recover from a career-threatening blood clot. His team-mates have been taking the mickey by going for Chinese meals and sending him phone pictures of spare ribs.
Full story: The Sun

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see also
Transfers - March 2010
23 Mar 10 |  Football
Saturday's Scottish gossip
17 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Friday's Scottish gossip
16 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
15 Apr 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
13 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
13 Apr 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
14 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier

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