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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1014 BST: Chelsea are stepping up their summer recruitment plans and are watching closely long-standing targets midfielder Frank Ribery of Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.
Full story: goal.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

AC Milan are planning a £20m summer swoop for Manchester United's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool are preparing to ruffle the feathers of city rivals Everton with a move for the Toffees' midfielder Steven Pienaar.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are planning to swoop for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, with Craig Bellamy, Martin Petrov and Shaun Wright-Phillips all set to depart Eastlands this summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James will snub a summer move to West Brom in favour of playing what he described as "real football" in the Championship next season. On 10 April the Baggies sealed their promotion to the Premier League, while Pompey were relegated from the top flight.
Full story: The Sun

Striker Eidur Gudjohnsen wants to stay at Tottenham next season. The Icelander is currently on loan from French side Monaco.
Full story: The Sun

Bolton will place a £17m price tag on defender Gary Cahill if he makes it into Fabio Capello's England World Cup squad for this summer's tournament in South Africa.
Full story: The Sun

Birmingham and Blackburn are battling it out with Italian side Roma for Estudiantes striker Mauro Boselli.
Full story: The Sun

West Brom, who recently sealed their promotion back to the Premier League, say they will resist any offers for highly-rated midfielder Graham Dorrans this summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega is set to snub a move to the Premier League's elite as he feels he has a better chance of playing by joining a team outside the top four.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is tracking Stockport's teenage defender Sam Barnes.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Everton boss David Moyes is the man to succeed him at Old Trafford. Apparently, Ferguson is ready to step down as United manager after one more season.
Full story: The Sun

606: DEBATE

Italian side Juventus are ready to give Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez until the end of the season to decide if he would like to take over as their new manager. They originally set a deadline for the end of this week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic are considering a move to make Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies their next manager after the former Rangers player intimated he would be interested in returning to Scotland.
Full story: The Times

Former England boss Steve McLaren looks set to reject an offer from West Ham to replace Gianfranco Zola as manager this summer. McLaren is currently managing FC Twente, who are just one win from this season's Dutch title, but has only one year left on his contract.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Hammers have two lists of managerial candidates: one for if they stay up, which McLaren heads, and one for if they are relegated, which is topped by Southampton boss Alan Pardew, who spent three years in the Upton Park hotseat before being sacked in December 2006.
Full story: Daily Express

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has opened talks to extend the contract of manager Chris Hughton, who this season led the club to promotion back to the Premier League after a season in the Championship.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard says the club need to buy four "quality" players if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea risk losing several of their biggest names for nothing this summer after being instructed by Roman Abramovich to suspend all contract talks until the end of the season. The Russian owner believes the likes of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Deco must earn new deals through their performances during the remainder of the season.
Full story: The Times

Portsmouth are expected to announce that their debts total £119m when their accounts for the last financial year are released later on Wednesday.
Full story: The Times

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is unsure whether to risk exacerbating striker Didier Drogba's groin injury by playing him in this weekend's match against Stoke as the title chase nears its climax. The Blues hold a one-point lead over second placed Manchester United with three games to play.
Full story: The Independent

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres rates England's starting XI as the second best in the world and believes they could be ready to go all the way in the World Cup, which begins on 11 June in South Africa. (Press Association)

England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton says keeper Ben Foster must leave champions Manchester United if he wants to save his international career. "Foster was on a par with [West Ham's Robert] Green a while back but he is not playing first-team football anymore and that is going to count against him," said Shilton.
Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has given midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen, whose contract expires this summer, until the end of today to decide if he wants to sign a new deal at Ewood Park.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Developers of the official 2010 World Cup video game seem to think England may struggle during the tournament proper, which begins on 11 June in South Africa. Having factored in the high altitude conditions at certain venues, players of the game will discover that the England side have been programmed to feel the energy-sapping effects sooner than some of their virtual opponents.
Full story: Daily Mail

After poaching Adrian Chiles from the BBC, ITV bosses may be about to offer Gary Lineker's wife Danielle a World Cup role. The underwear model, who married the Match of the Day presenter in September, is reported to be in talks with GMTV about becoming a 'WAG reporter' during this summer's tournament.
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
20 Apr 10 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
19 Apr 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
19 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
18 Apr 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
18 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - March 2010
23 Mar 10 |  Football


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