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Thursday's gossip column - transfer and rumours

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1600: Inter Milan Jose Mourinho says he will coach Real Madrid - he's just not sure when he will move to the Bernabeu.

"Sooner or later I will coach Real Madrid. I coached a big team in England, I am coaching a big team in Italy, and then I will coach a big team in Spain," Mourinho told Panorama magazine.

1435: Wolves are biding their time before launching any bid for Anderlecht utility player Jelle van Damme. The 26-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence, was in the stands for Wolves' 2-1 final-day win over Sunderland at Molineux.
Full story: Sky Sports

1257 BST: Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure is "90% certain" to leave the Nou Camp this summer according to his agent. Dimitri Seljuk said Arsenal were interested in his client and that he was confident a deal could be done.
Full story: Sport (in Spanish)

1149 BST: Galatasaray are weighing up a bid for out-of-favour Tottenham striker Giovani dos Santos who has spent the second half of the season on loan at the Turkish side.
Full story: IMScouting
0955 BST: Tottenham are preparing a bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger after the player expressed his desire to leave German football and play in the Premier League.
Full story: Footy Latest
0951 BST: Liverpool are poised to sign Valencia midfielder Ever Banega for £8.5m.
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Barcelona have offered Manchester City and Chelsea the chance to sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for about £40m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton boss David Moyes wants to sign Manchester City's Craig Bellamy from under the nose of Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp but a deal would cost about £7m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has told friends and family that he hopes to rejoin boyhood club Barcelona before this summer's World Cup.
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Liverpool could snap up striker Roman Pavlyuchenko from Tottenham with an offer of midfielder Yossi Benayoun and £2m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton are set to sign Jermaine Beckford, with Leeds chairman Ken Bates resigned to losing the striker on a free transfer.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, midfielder Mikel Arteta could be on his way out of Goodison Park after contract talks hit an impasse, alerting Manchester United and Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are reportedly considering a shock move for AC Milan's £17m-rated forward Marco Borriello.
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Stoke manager Tony Pulis is hoping to take advantage of the managerial uncertainty at West Ham by lodging a £5m bid for midfielder Mark Noble.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City will attempt an audacious raid on Aston Villa as they look to sign striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and midfielder Ashley Young.
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Liverpool are tracking CSKA Moscow winger Caner Erkin but will face competition for his signature from Spanish side Espanyol.
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Arsenal's William Gallas looks set to leave the Emirates after chairman Peter Hill-Wood described the defender's £80,000-per-week wage demands as "extravagant".
Full story: Daily Star

Striker Aruna Dindane, who is on loan at Portsmouth from Lens, will turn down the chance to stay in England with Wolves or Blackburn and choose Champions League football with Greek club Panathinaikos.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham will tempt Wigan with a bid for midfielder Charles N'Zogbia.
Full story: the Sun

Blackpool may stump up more than £2m to turn hat-trick hero DJ Campbell's loan spell from Leicester into a permanent deal - if they and the striker secure promotion to the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Express

Celtic could keep on-loan striker Diomansy Kamara for a cut-price fee of £2.5m as Fulham look to make changes to their attack in the summer. (Daily Record)


Didier Drogba has urged Chelsea to secure a dream team strike partnership of him and Liverpool's Fernando Torres.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Brighton manager Gus Poyet could take over at Portsmouth if current Pompey boss Avram Grant moves to West Ham.
Full story: the Independent

Midfielder Stephen Hunt has criticised some of his Hull City team-mates who he felt did not give enough for the cause as the Tigers battled to avoid relegation.
Full story: Daily Mail

England manager Fabio Capello has told his players they will not be allowed to get into transfer and contract negotiations during this summer's World Cup as the Italian fears such things could be a distraction. (the Times)

Alberto Aquilani's agent has said the midfielder will remain at Liverpool, despite an underwhelming first season at Anfield. The former Roma star had been linked with a move back to Italy. (the Times)

Midfielder Boudewijn Zenden is in negotiations with Sunderland over a season-long contract extension, although the 33-year-old wants guarantees over the amount of matches he will play before he signs. (the Times)


Lord Horatio Nelson has been enlisted to lend his support to England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.The 18ft-high statue of one of British history's most famous figures stands on top of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and is currently sporting a specially made Back the Bid scarf. London Mayor Boris Johnson, chair of the London United 2018 World Cup bid team, said: "There could be no better an advocate than Lord Nelson, atop his iconic column. "With the entire nation heeding his call and flying the flag for England's bid, we have a superb chance of reaching our goal."
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Debt-laden Portsmouth have received a small financial boost ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea because designer Jeff Banks has offered to provide their outfits for the day for free. (the Guardian)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes will spend the summer coaching football to children in Florida after turning down the chance to return to the England fold.
Full story: the Guardian

Tottenham and Chelsea staged a specially arranged friendly to attempt to attract buyers for some of their fringe players. The behind-closed-doors match, attended by managers and scouts from Premier League, Championship and League One sides, featured Ben Gordon at left-back for Chelsea and John Bostock in midfield for Tottenham.
Full story: Daily Mail

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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
13 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
12 May 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
12 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
11 May 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
11 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - April 2010
27 Apr 10 |  Football

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