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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1345 BST: Inter Milan confirm England manager Fabio Capello is one of their candidates to take over from Jose Mourinho, who is poised to join Real Madrid. Club president Massimo Moratti said: "I haven't taken a decision. Capello is one of the candidates and he certainly has a great pedigree."
(Gazzetto dello Sport)

1240 BST: Sunderland will show Simon Mignolet around their training facilities this weekend as they try to persuade the highly-rated goalkeeper to move from St Truidense.
(Het Belang van Limburg - Belgian newspaper)

1040 BST: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is hoping to lure Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill to Anfield this summer to bolster his defence.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

1034 BST: Dutch winger Arjen Robben claims Rafael van der Vaart is desperate to join him at Bayern Munich. Van der Vaart has failed to hold down a regular place at Real Madrid.
(Kicker magazine)

1014 BST: Brazilian striker Adriano is expected to return to Europe this summer, with Roma close to landing the former Inter Milan player who is a free agent.
Full story: Corriere dello Sport (in Italian)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are considering an £8m move for Atletico Madrid's Portuguese winger Simao as boss Benitez continues his search for a left winger.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City have joined the chase for Wolfsburg's highly rated Bosnia international striker Edin Dzeko.
Full story: Daily Mail

It is not only Dzeko that City are chasing. The club have launched a daring raid for Valencia forward David Silva as well as three Real Madrid stars - Gonzalo Higuain, Rafael van der Vaart and Fernando Gago.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton boss David Moyes has swooped for Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford and will make him his first signing of the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Jose Mourinho has pinpointed Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole as the type of signings he would like to make at Real Madrid, causing consternation in the boardrooms of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Full story: The Guardian

West Ham have made a £3m offer for Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne, who spent a year-long loan at Portsmouth last season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wolves are closing in on a £7m deal for Burnley striker Steven Fletcher.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has approached his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger about the possibility of midfielder Jack Wilshere returning on loan next season.
Full story: Daily Mail
Defender Mario Melchiot is set to join Qatari club Umm Salal. The Wigan skipper, 33, is out of contract and will sign a lucrative deal in the Gulf.
Full story: The Sun

After finishing the season on loan at Blackpool, Leicester striker DJ Campbell wants to return to the Seasiders next season but is concerned at the transfer fee his parent club may demand.
Full story: Blackpool Gazette

OTHER GOSSIP

England have suffered a World Cup injury scare after Steven Gerrard limped out of a training session, with the Liverpool midfielder requiring 20 minutes of treatment on his right calf after he pulled up sharply.
Full story: Daily Mail

England manager Fabio Capello says Argentina are the team he fears most in the World Cup, claiming they are the team with the most talented players.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Capello has also warned his England team not to rely on Wayne Rooney in South Africa.
Full story: Daily Star Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is sure David Beckham can still be England's secret World Cup weapon - despite injury ruling the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder out of the tournament.
Full story: Daily Star

Capello believes Gareth Barry is recovering more quickly than expected from an ankle injury and is inclined to include the holding midfielder in his squad.
Full story: The Guardian

Manchester United chief executive David Gill has described the United fans driving the 'green and gold' protest against the Glazer family ownership as "a minority" and suggested that many people who wear the scarves do not even understand the nature of their own protest.
Full story: The Independent

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed to friends he made up his mind to quit after a bust-up surrounding Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

The United States's football team have visited the White House for an official World Cup send-off from President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton ahead of their flight to South Africa on Sunday.
Full story: The Sun

Scotland manager Craig Levein wants England to win the World Cup, claiming it will be "good for Scotland".
Full story: The Sun



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see also
Thursday's World Cup round-up
27 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's gossip column
27 May 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
27 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
26 May 10 |  Gossip
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
Transfers - May 2010
11 May 10 |  Football


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