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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1251 BST: Barcelona are preparing to make their first official approach to Arsenal to sign midfielder and captain Cesc Fabregas by faxing through an offer in the region of £30 million on Monday, according to UK.
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1246 BST: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has ruled out a move for Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard this summer. "Jimmy is a great player but he is not on our radar," said Coyle. (Press Association Sport)

1230 BST: Darren Bent's World Cup dreams could be in tatters after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Monday's penultimate warm-up game against Mexico at Wembley.
Full story: Sunderland Echo

1225 BST: Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he will be the one making decisions about the Real Madrid first team and not president Florentino Perez should he leave Inter Milan and take over from Manuel Pellegrini as coach of the Spanish side. "The president is not the one who wins, he's not the one who plays and nor does he decide who is in the team and who is on the bench," said Mourinho in Spanish newspaper Marca. (Reuters)

1210 BST: According to reports on France Football, Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta is a target for Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.
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1002 BST: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has ruled out press reports that he could be on his way out of Anfield to coach the national team of the United Arab Emirates. "I am very happy here in Liverpool. I have always been happy and I want to stay here for a long time - if it is possible," said Benitez. (Agence France-Presse)

0932 BST: Barcelona have targeted Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue as cover for regular right-back Daniel Alves.
Full story: imscouting

0912 BST: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has warned Real Madrid and other clubs that Diego Milito is not for sale. "There's a difference between Milito and our coach, Mourinho," Moratti told the club's official website "Mourinho has a clause in his contract by which if the clause is exercised, he can leave. However, Milito doesn't and hence, the discussion is over." (Press Association Sport)


The news that Jose Mourinho is likely to leave Inter Milan to become manager of Real Madrid has sparked panic among Premier League clubs, who fear he will swoop to sign their best players. Chelsea's Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are reportedly in his sights, along with Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is ready to offer striker Dimitar Berbatov as part of a £28m-deal for Wolfsburg forward Edin Dzeko.
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Chelsea are weighing up a double-swoop for Liverpool midfielders Javier Mascherano and Yossi Benayoun.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Blues are also eyeing up an £18m-move for Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic.
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Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona's 19-year-old Israeli playmaker Guy Assulin, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes club and country team-mate Fernando Torres will remain at Anfield next season. Torres has been linked with a move away from Liverpool after the club's poor campaign, with Chelsea and Barcelona supposedly in the running for the Spaniard's services.
Full story: Independent

Barcelona's pursuit of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas has been aided by the willingness of the Spanish FA to let the Spanish Champions conduct negotiations with the midfielder during the build-up to the World Cup.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to reignite his interest in Paris St Germain's French Under 21 captain Mamadou Sakho this summer.
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Prospective West Ham manager Avram Grant is planning to sign four of his former Portsmouth players once he takes charge at Upton Park. Tal Ben Haim, Kevin Prince Boateng, Nadir Belhadj and on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara are all on his wanted list.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham are also hopeful of luring Italian striker Luca Toni to Upton Park from Bayern Munich on a free transfer.
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Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has put Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United on alert after revealing he has rejected the Goodison club's latest contract offer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newly-installed Wolfsburg manager Steve McClaren wants to sign Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy for £8m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham have joined Wolves, West Brom and Everton in the race for Hull's Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt. Hunt, who cost £3.5m from Reading last summer, has already been told he can leave the relegated Tigers.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Birmingham are set to make a £6m move for Valencia's 6ft 7in striker Nikola Zigic.
Full story: The Sun

However, they could face competition for his signature from Liverpool, may offer winger Albert Rieira as part of any deal.
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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is planning a swoop on former club Swansea to sign midfielder Leon Britton.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway wants to re-sign on-loan Everton defender Seamus Coleman for next season after he impressed at Bloomfield Road this campaign.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool have upped the ante in their bid to sign Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot, with Wigan, Portsmouth and several Championship clubs also interested. (the Sun)

Scunthorpe have told Celtic they will have to pay £2.5m for striker Gary Hooper. (Daily Mail)

Wolves have reportedly agreed personal terms with the Anderlecht utility player Jelle van Damme. He will join Wolves for £2.5m and sign a four-year contract.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is planning a raid on former club Inter Milan to sign Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso for £18m.
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Shota Arveladze, the new coach of Kaysterispor, wants to sign Kris Boyd from former club Rangers, with the Turks offering a package worth around £5.5m for the forward who is also interesting Bursaspor, Ankaragucu, Birmingham, Newcastle, Wolves, Middlesbrough and Hertha Berlin. (Various)

Celtic are still interested is signing Philippe Senderos, according to the father of the Switzerland defender, who would prefer to remain at Everton after a loan spell from Arsenal. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian are back on the trail of out-of-favour Preston North End right-back Michael Hart, who will make a decision about his future when he returns from holiday. (Various)


England captain Rio Ferdinand says that he would have paid Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes to come out of retirement and play for the country during this summer's World Cup in South Africa.
Full story: The Sun

Former United States defender Alexi Lalas claims it would not be a shock if the USA beat England in their big World Cup opener in South Africa on 12 June.
Full story: The Sun

Nigerian billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote could be poised to complicate Arsenal's ownership even further. Dangote is believed to be interested in buying Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith's 16% stake in the club to join Uzbeki tycoon Alisher Usmanov and American businessman Stan Kroenke as a big shareholder.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth stars want goalkeeper David James to become player-boss as a ­replacement for Avram Grant, who quit Fratton Park last week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has emerged as a candidate to replace Jose Mourinho as boss of Inter Milan. The 62-year-old has twice managed the Italian side before, the most recent being as caretaker for a season 11 years ago.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Midfielder Michael Ballack will discuss terms over a new contract with Chelsea this week, according to German newspaper Bild.
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Hamburg chairman Bernd Hoffman wants to return the club to its glory days and believes former England manger Kevin Keegan is the man to take the German side forward. Keegan played in the Hamburg side that was beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Forest in the 1980 European Cup final.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former keeper Mark Crossley will have talks with Oldham about becoming their new boss today.
Full story: Daily Mirror


England are struggling to play with the new Adidas football that will be used at this summer's World Cup. Boss Fabio Capello said the players are "having problems controlling it" at their altitude training camp in Austria. The Italian expects the ball to be even harder to control in Rustenburg, South Africa, which is several hundred metres higher above sea level than the European base.
Full story: Daily Mail

Argentina manager Diego Maradona has demanded two state-of-the-art bidet toilets be installed for him at the team's World Cup base camp in South Africa. Builders were rushed in to carry out a £1,400 overhaul of the football legend's private suite after his aides complained that the existing bathroom facilities would not meet his 'high standards.'
Full story: Daily Mail

Blackpool striker Ben Burgess says his club boss Ian Holloway was short of the mark when he suggested the newly-promoted Tangerines would target a Champions League place in two years. "With him in charge we'll probably win the Premier League next season!" said Burgess.
Full story: The Sun

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see also
Monday's Scottish gossip
24 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
23 May 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
23 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's gossip column
21 May 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
22 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - May 2010
11 May 10 |  Football

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