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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Everton forward Aiyegbeni Yakubu has agreed a deal in principle to join West Ham and will be Avram Grant's first signing, should the Israeli take over as Hammers boss.
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Real Madrid have announced a board meeting for later on Wednesday, after which president Florentino Perez will hold a press conference. Madrid gave no further details but it is expected that Perez will talk about the coaching situation at the Spanish giants, with Jose Mourinho strongly linked with the job. Press Association.

England defender Leighton Baines admits he will have to overcome his home sickness if he is selected for Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.

He said: "I have always found it really hard, even when I was teenager, being away from home. I have always struggled with it, that's quite tough, but the more time you spend around the lads, the more you begin to feel part of everything. Press Association.


Manchester United are targeting a £20m swoop for Real Madrid's 27-year-old Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Prospective new Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who is currently boss of Inter Milan, has told the Spanish giants to launch a £50m double bid for Chelsea stars Michael Essien and Ashley Cole.
Full story: Daily Express

Tottenham are preparing a £9m bid to sign Manchester City's 21-year-old defender Micah Richards.
Full story: The Sun

Valencia's Serbian striker Nikola Zigic - at 6ft 8in set to be the tallest player at the World Cup - flew in to Birmingham on Tuesday to complete a £6m move to the St Andrew's club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton have slapped a £15m price tag on contract rebel Steven Pienaar, who has been linked to Tottenham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton boss Owen Coyle says he will not stand in defender Gary Cahill's way if the 24-year-old wants to leave the Reebok Stadium - although he does mention a £30m asking price.
Full story: The Sun

Aston Villa striker John Carew could be on his way to Serie A, with both Fiorentina and Sampdoria showing an interest. Villa could use the funds to splash out on Tottenham's Robbie Keane or Fulham's Bobby Zamora as a replacement for the Norwegian.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are set to make a £7m move for out-of-favour Aston Villa central defender Curtis Davies.
Full story: Daily Mail


They face competition from Liverpool, though, who are eyeing a £5m move for the 25-year-old.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal are ready to turn to Fulham's Mark Schwarzer, 37, in a bid to solve their goalkeeping crisis.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa are lining up a £2m bid for Cardiff's 18-year-old right-back Adam Matthews as a replacement for Luke Young, who is set to join West Ham for £4m.
Full story: The Sun

Sunderland have made a £2.7m offer to Estudiantes for Argentine right-back Marcos Angeleri - a shock omission from Diego Maradona's World Cup squad.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Lokomotiv Moscow will resume their chase of Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, and are prepared to offer Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie in part-exchange.
Full story: Daily Mail

Blackpool must pay £1m to Leicester if they want to sign play-off hero striker DJ Campbell.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United are considering an £18m bid for Barcelona's out-of-favour midfielder Yaya Toure.
Full story: Caught Offside

Liverpool are weighing up whether to make an ambitious £22m bid for Manchester City trio Micah Richards, Nedum Onuoha and Michael Johnson.
Full story: Caught Offside

Out-of-contract Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has moved closer to a move to Celtic after opening talks with caretaker manager Neil Lennon. (the Sun)

Rangers striker Kris Boyd and Celtic winger Aiden McGeady could miss out on moves to Birmingham City as manager Alex McLeish have switched to other targets. (Daily Mail)

Nancy will hold talks with Celtic on Monday as the two clubs have so far failed to agree a fee for the permanent transfer to the Glasgow club of on-loan midfielder Landry N'Guemo. (Daily Mail)

Celtic's Paddy McCourt is still interesting Blackpool, who failed in a bid to take the winger on loan in January. (the Sun)

Burnley and Middlesbrough have entered the chase for the signature of Hearts winger Andrew Driver. (Daily Mail)

Out-of-contract Kilmarnock striker Allan Russell is considering a move to Carolina Railhawks after impressing in a trial with North American Soccer League outfit. (the Herald)

Ross County are leading the chase for out-of-contract Kilmarnock defender Ryan O'Leary but face competition from Dundee. (Various)


Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, who has an ankle ligament problem, has told England manager Fabio Capello he will be fit for the second game of the World Cup against Algeria on 18 June.
Full story: Daily Mail

Actually, England are going to wait until the last possible moment in order for Barry to prove his fitness ahead of Tuesday's squad deadline.
Full story: The Independent

West Ham have sacked assistant coach Steve Clarke, paving the way for Avram Grant to be appointed the club's new manager.
Full story: The Sun

Israeli Grant, who quit Portsmouth last week, will be named as the new Hammers boss next week.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres - through his agent Jose Antonio Peton - says he will still be at Anfield next season.
Full story: The Sun

Aston Villa captain Richard Dunne has told James Milner to be wary of joining Dunne's former club Manchester City, fearing he may be left on the bench.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United's Mexican new boy Javier Hernandez, 21, is still waiting for a work permit before rubber-stamping his £7m move to Old Trafford.
Full story: The Sun

Former Reading manager Brendan Rodgers and Notts County boss Steve Cotterill are on Portsmouth's shortlist to replace Avram Grant, who left the cash-strapped Championship club last week.
Full story: The Times Celtic manager Tony Mowbray vetoed an approach for Rangers' Kris Boyd in January because he did not rate the Scotland striker highly enough. (the Sun)

The Scottish Football Association, Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League have held talks about adopting a pyramid structure and all three are keen to move closer to opening the Third Division to promotion and relegation. (the Sun)

England manager Fabio Capello has assured Newcastle's Andy Carroll he is in his plans and the striker says he wants to play for his homeland despite interest from Scotland. (Various)

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra will miss Algeria's friendly against Republic of Ireland with a thigh strain but insists he will be fit for the World Cup finals. (Daily Record)

Hibernian defender Sol Bamba believes he and his Ivory Coast team-mates are capable of winning the World Cup. (Daily Record)

Motherwell insist their new playing surface will be ready for the club's Europa League campaign. (Daily Record)


England striker Wayne Rooney says he will not stop his wife Coleen and son Kai going to the World Cup, despite coach Fabio Capello banning wives and girlfriends around the squad at this summer's finals. "I've said many times I'm not stopping them," said Rooney. "They're England fans as well."
Full story: Daily Mirror

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

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