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Thursday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

0845 BST: Manchester United are ready to make a £28m bid for Aston Villa midfielder James Milner. Villa have already turned down a £20m bid from Manchester City for the 24-year-old who is currently with England at their pre-World Cup training camp in Austria.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona are preparing to launch a £70m bid for Liverpool's Fernando Torres after signing David Villa, his strike partner in Spain's national side, from Valencia.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, the Catalan side's hopes of luring Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to the Nou Camp could be hit by Yaya Toure's reluctance to move in the opposite direction. The Ivory Coast midfielder is said to be attracting the interest of Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barca have decided they will not pay more than £30m for Fabregas, which could also put the deal at risk.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal are looking for £80m before they allow their talismanic skipper to return to his former club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is actually hopeful of persuading midfielder Fabregas to stay for one more season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, should Fabregas leave, Arsenal can forget plans to replace him with Mikel Arteta, according to the Everton midfielder's agent. Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Arteta.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester United are planning a £15m bid for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell despite Toffees boss David Moyes saying the 19-year-old is not for sale.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester City will need to pay Benfica £43m if they want to bring Brazilian defender David Luiz to Eastlands. Full story: the Independent

Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool are competing to sign £11m-rated Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is planning a major spending spree after being told he has "an open chequebook".
Full story: the Sun

Birmingham City are considering a £2.5m bid for Fulham full-back Paul Konchesky.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Blues have also joined the race for Burnley striker Steven Fletcher as their hopes of landing Fulham's Bobby Zamora fade.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom are poised to sign Hull star Stephen Hunt - even though he won't be fit for the start of next season. The Baggies have agreed a £4m fee for the Republic of Ireland winger, rising to £5.5m if Roberto di Matteo's men stay in the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Star

The Baggies are also set to make a £2m move for Stoke striker James Beattie.
Full story: the Sun

Sol Campbell has welcomed Celtic's interest and made it a clear a bumper two-year deal could tempt him to reject a one-year offer from Arsenal.
Full story: the Sun

Veteran defender David Weir is set to hang up his boots if Walter Smith quits as Rangers boss over the summer. (Various)

Fulham are ready to table a pre-World Cup bid of £1m for Hibernian defender Sol Bamba. (Scottish Daily Express)

Peter Houston's first task as permanent manager of Dundee United will be to fight off bids for Craig Conway and Garry Kenneth from Middlesbrough.
Full story: Daily Record

Meanwhile, Houston will sign a three-year contract at Tannadice tomorrow. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Inter Milan have denied they have made an approach for Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez to replace Real Madrid-bound Jose Mourinho.
Full story: the Sun

Benitez says he wants a further four years at Anfield and also feels there is no evidence that star striker Fernando Torres wants to leave the club.
Full story: the Times

Manchester United failed in a last-ditch attempt to sign Spain international striker David Villa, who joined Barcelona for £34m.
Full story: Mirror

The Red Knights consortium's hopes of taking over United from the Glazer family looks set to fail because of internal wranglings. Full story: Guardian

Dutch champions FC Twente want Portsmouth manager Avram Grant to replace Steve McClaren, who has left to manage German side Wolfsburg. However, Grant is being linked with the vacant post at West Ham.
Full story: Daily Star

Grant will be unveiled as the Hammers new manager next month.
Full story: the Sun

Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes he can finish as the World Cup's top scorer.
Full story: Daily Star

England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks believes Fabio Capello should use David James as his number one goalkeeper for the World Cup.
Full story: the Guardian

AND FINALLY

England midfielder Steven Gerrard says team-mate Joe Cole is just as good as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo - in training.
Full story: Daily Mirror

If you fancy owning the shirt worn by England's World Cup winning hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst, pop down to Harrods where it is set to go on sale on Friday. Hurst no longer owns the number 10 shirt he made history in at the 1966 World Cup final. The price tag? Only £2m...plus VAT!
(Daily Express)



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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
20 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
19 May 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
19 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
18 May 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
18 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
17 May 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
17 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
16 May 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
16 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - May 2010
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