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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1509 BST: Real Madrid are the latest club to register their interest in Getafe's 23-year-old midfielder Pedro Leon, challenging Tottenham, Manchester City and AC Milan for his signature.
Full story: imscouting.com

1500 BST: Barcelona will look to tie up a deal for Valencia striker David Villa as soon as the Spanish domestic season ends, although Manchester United are also interested in the Spaniard.
Full story: imscouting.com

1430 BST: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing a double swoop on Serie A for Bari's Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, 23, and Udinese's Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, 21.
Full story: footylatest.com

1400 BST: Inter Milan are the latest club to be linked with Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez with the Italian side interested in the Spaniard if current boss Jose Mourinho takes over at Real Madrid.
Full story: imscouting.com

1100 BST: Paul Scholes is on the verge of an incredible return to international football, with Fabio Capello ready to name him in England's 30-man World Cup squad.
Full story: Daily Mirror (online)

ENGLAND SQUAD GOSSIP

Chelsea winger Joe Cole is set to be left out of England manager Fabio Capello's preliminary squad of 30 players for this summer's World Cup. Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Joleon Lescott and Scott Parker will also be omitted.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry will miss the World Cup with ankle ligament damage - thereby possibly leaving the door open for Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
Full story: the Sun

606: DEBATE

Hargreaves has only played one minute of first-team football in 18 months because of a knee injury so Capello will use England's training camp in Austria to assess the player's mental and physical fitness.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

However, Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has forced his way into contention and will also be given the chance to prove himself in Austria.
Full story: the Independent

West Ham's in-form midfielder Scott Parker says it would be "a dream" to be called into the England squad.
Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney went on holiday on Monday, easing concerns about his fitness for the World Cup after he aggravated a groin injury against Stoke on Sunday.
Full story: Daily Star

England boss Capello will name Tottenham defender Ledley King and Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher in his 30-man squad, along with Fulham striker Bobby Zamora.
Full story: Daily Star

Capello is also considering taking Tottenham coach Nathan Gardiner to South Africa to work one on one with King and keep the defender fit for the competition.
Full story: Daily Express

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea will match Manchester City in the battle for Liverpool's £50m-rated striker Fernando Torres.
Full story: the Sun

And Chelsea will make a £20m move to take Tottenham's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric to Stamford Bridge, allowing Portuguese midfielder Deco and out-of-contract winger Joe Cole to leave.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United hope to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for £25m and could use defender Nemanja Vidic as a £10m makeweight in a deal for the France star.
Full story: the Sun

But Manchester United will not break their wage cap for Benzema, whose wage demands are almost £200,000 a week.
Full story: the Independent

Meanwhile, left-back Patrice Evra could leave Manchester United this summer, with Real Madrid and Inter Milan ready to pay £18m for the 28-year-old France international.
Full story: the Sun

And Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is planning a summer clear-out, with striker Dimitar Berbatov, midfielder Michael Carrick and midfielder Anderson all likely to be shown the door.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Manchester City are weighing up an offer for Sunderland's £20m-rated striker Darren Bent as manager Roberto Mancini looks to shake up his forward line for next season.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

William Gallas could quit Arsenal on Tuesday if the France defender rejects the club's offer of a new contract.
Full story: the Sun

Meanwhile, newly promoted German Bundesliga side St Pauli are poised to offer Arsenal defender Sol Campbell a lucrative one-year contract.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are considering an £18m bid for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano as Spurs manager Harry Redknapp targets a world-class forward to boost the club's chances in the Champions League next season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham will sign Portsmouth goalkeeper David James on a free transfer this summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton are lining up a £4m bid for Portsmouth defender Nadir Belhadj, 27.
Full story: the Sun

Blackburn are weighing up a £6.5m move for Bordeaux's Brazil winger Wendel.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wolves hope to sign Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane, 29, for £4m from French side Lens, once he has played in the FA Cup final for Portsmouth, where he is on loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wolves are also set to pip West Bromwich Albion to the £2m signature of Belgium midfielder Jelle van Damme, who plays for Anderlecht.
Full story: Daily Mail

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan is ready to make a move for Rangers' Scotland midfielder Kevin Thomson, 25. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Juventus are on the brink of ditching their plans to lure Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and are turning their attention to Sampdoria coach Luigi Del Neri.
Full story: Daily Mail

A Chinese multi-millionaire internet gaming tycoon from Shanghai has held provisional talks about buying Liverpool, although no offer has yet been tabled by Zhu Jun, founder of The9 Ltd.
Full story: the Independent

Wolfsburg expect to name former England boss Steve McClaren as their new manager. McClaren led FC Twente to the Dutch title this season. (Daily Mail)

Real Mallorca manager Gregorio Manzano is the surprise new candidate to replace Gianfranco Zola at West Ham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has agreed a three-year contract to manage Azerbaijan side Qabala FC. (the Guardian)

Hull chairman Adam Pearson will wait a month before appointing a new manager at the club. Iain Dowie had a contract until the end of the season but would like the job on a permanent basis.
Full story: the Guardian

Coventry, who sacked manager Chris Coleman last week, will make a move to take Paul Hart from Crystal Palace to replace him.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Chelsea captain John Terry received a single-word text message from former Blues boss Jose Mourinho after winning the Premier League title, it read: "Champagne." (the Guardian)



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see also
Monday's gossip column
10 May 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
10 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
09 May 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
09 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - April 2010
27 Apr 10 |  Football


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