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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

1455 BST: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has quashed speculation linking Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik with a move to Eastlands. The Slovakia international has also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea. (Press Association)

1417 BST: The agent of Palermo defender Simon Kjaer says his client is set to leave the Italian club with the Premier League his preferred destination. The 21-year-old defender has attracted the interests of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Full story: goal.com

1356 BST: AC Milan's owners Fininvest have stated the Serie A club is not for sale, denying media reports of talks with Russian gas giant Gazprom. In an unsourced report, La Gazzetta dello Sport said Fininvest owner, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, had discussed the sale of a 25-30% stake in the club with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin during his visit to Italy last month. (Reuters)

1151 BST: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas wants his requested transfer to Barcelona to be agreed as soon as possible but is expecting the negotiations to be arduous, according to the Spaniard's father. "I don't know how this is going to pan out but I believe you have to respect the decision and the wishes of the player," Francesc Fabregas said on Spanish radio. (Reuters)

1146 BST: Celtic have categorically denied reports they are preparing a sensational swoop for Rangers striker Kris Boyd. "We will not, repeat NOT, be making a bid for the player," read a statement on the club's official website. (Press Association)

1141 BST: Midfielder Liam Lawrence has confirmed he expects to leave Stoke this summer because of a lack of first-team opportunities. "Purely for footballing reasons, it is time to move on. That is best for both parties," said Lawrence. (Press Association)

1136 BST: Roberto Mancini is not tempted by a return to Italy and insists his future is at Manchester City. Reports in his homeland have linked Mancini with a return to Serie A this summer, but he said: "I miss Italy as a country but football in England is beautiful." (Press Association)

1025 BST: Manchester City are preparing to offer the full €60m it will require to buy out striker Sergio Aguero's contract at Atletico Madrid and beat both Real Madrid and Chelsea to the player's signature.
Full story: footylatest.com

1015 BST: Spanish daily Sport claims that AC Milan is the most likely destination for Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic , ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea.
Full story: imscouting.com

1012 BST: Chelsea are the most likely club to sign Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure , according to his agent.
Full story: imscouting.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City could start another Joleon Lescott-style feud with Everton because of their planned £20m bid for Toffees playmaker Mikel Arteta. Everton were angered last summer by City's disruptive pursuit of then Toffees defender Lescott, who eventually moved to Eastlands for £22m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are preparing a bid for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar after his agent gave the Goodison club three weeks to make an improved contract offer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has put Aston Villa on alert by saying striker Robbie Keane and midfielder Jermaine Jenas can leave White Hart Lane.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Spurs have told West Ham they will have to stump up £6m if they want to sign midfielder Jamie O'Hara, who impressed during a loan spell with Portsmouth last season.
Full story: The Sun

O'Hara could end up being a replacement for Scott Parker, who is being lined up by Aston Villa should James Milner leave Villa Park this summer.
Full story: The Sun

Striker Fernando Torres is happy to stay at Liverpool next season, according to his agent Jose Antonio Peton.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal have slapped an £80m price tag on captain and midfielder Cesc Fabregas, which is more than double what Spanish giants Barcelona were hoping to pay for the Spanish international.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal are keeping tabs on Valencia's 15-year-old striker Francisco Alcacer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Gunners also want to buy Bolton defender Gary Cahill this summer but have been told it will cost them £14m.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland has officially asked to leave the club after becoming disillusioned at his lack of first-team football.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly weighing up a potential big money bid for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi this summer.
Full story: caughtoffisde.com

Liverpool are reportedly considering making a move this summer for former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi, who continues to impress at Spanish side Villarreal.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Chelsea are ready to make a big-money move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema this summer.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Birmingham City have held talks with Valencia about signing 6ft 8in Serbian international striker Nikola Zigic for £5m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro have told Liverpool and West Ham they want £5m for Brazil striker Diego Tardelli.
Full story: Daily Mail

606: DEBATE

Blackburn are ready to sell Australian midfielder Vince Grella to Turkish giants Galatasaray - to raise the cash for Real Madrid midfielder Guti.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is weighing up a move for Atletico Madrid defender Pablo Ibanez.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Cash-strapped Crystal Palace have accepted a £750,000 bid from Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers for midfielder Darren Ambrose.
Full story: Daily Mail

Ipswich have tabled a £3m bid for Cardiff striker Michael Chopra.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made a last-ditch effort to keep captain Cesc Fabregas by phoning the midfielder before he joined up with the Spain World Cup squad. Fabregas is wanted by Barcelona.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Another man who thinks Fabregas should remain at the Emirates is Belarusian midfielder Alexander Hleb, who left Arsenal to join Barcelona in 2008 but has struggled in Spain. "If Arsene Wenger keeps the side together, they can really go far next year," said Hleb.
Full story: The Sun

Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou has revealed that former Reading boss Brendan Rodgers and Notts County's Steve Cotterill are among the candidates to replace Avram Grant as manager of the south-coast club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller and midfielder Matthew Etherington have been told to be patient as chairman Peter Coates admits the club is in no hurry to offer them new deals.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Australia coach Pim Verbeek has blasted Everton and Blackburn midfield players Tim Cahill and Vince Grella for two horror tackles during the Socceroos' 2-1 friendly win over New Zealand on Monday. The challenges led to Kiwi Leo Bertos being carried off injured.
Full story: The Sun

Spain boss Vincente del Bosque has banned his players from using any social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook at their training camps in Spain or when they get out for the World Cup in South Africa.
Full story: The Sun

AND FINALLY

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway seems to want to start a class war by telling wealthy Premier League rivals to watch out for his working-class heroes next season. "Let's bring it on - let's see how they handle what we throw at them," he said.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
25 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
24 May 10 |  Gossip
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
Transfers - May 2010
11 May 10 |  Football


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