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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


BREAKING GOSSIP

2135 BST: Adriano's agent is confident the Brazil striker will complete his move to Roma by Wednesday at the latest. The former Inter Milan forward confirmed he was negotiating his return to Italy last week after the end of his contract with Flamengo. Full story: VoceGiallorossa.it

1620 BST: Barcelona's bid to sign Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal remains alive and the club are considering their next move, president Joan Laporta said. Full story: AFP

0904 BST: Manchester United are weighing up a move for Real Madrid playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.
Full story: caughtoffisde

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure is desperate to join Manchester City with his agent already in talks with the Premier League club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

But both Manchester United and Arsenal are waiting in the wings to pounce if City and Toure fail to come to an agreement.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester City look set to miss out on the signing of Valencia winger David Silva.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Tottenham are preparing a £20m bid for Atletico Madrid's Uruguay striker Diego Forlan.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal could offer £7m plus youngsters Francis Coquelin and Armand Traore for FC Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny after an initial £4m bid was rejected.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Gunners are also interested in Barcelona's Israeli playmaker Guy Assulin - who has been dubbed 'the new Messi.'
Full story: IMScouting

Inter Milan's Brazilian defender Maicon says he is not interested in joining Manchester City and wants to follow former Inter coach Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid.
Full story: Guardian

Chelsea have given up hope of keeping Joe Cole and have withdrawn their contract offer for the England star.
Full story: Daily Star

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson says Hannover's German international striker Jan Schlaudraff "could add something" to their squad.
Full story: Daily Mail

Portsmouth captain Aaron Mokoena could leave Fratton Park to join Wolves after he has played for South Africa at the World Cup.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham are battling it out with Fulham for the signing of Portsmouth striker Frederic Piquionne.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton face a fight with Benfica to sign Real Madrid left-back Marcos Alonso.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton also hope to sign Chelsea striker Franco di Santo for around £2m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle are opening contract talks with striker Andy Carroll to ward off interest from Birmingham and Stoke.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham are considering an offer for Palermo's 5ft 6in striker Fabrizio Miccoli.
Full story: The Sun

Wigan hope to seal a club-record £5.7m deal with Estudiantes for Argentine striker Mauro Boselli.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sheffield United want Stoke goalkeeper Steve Simonsen if current first-choice Blades keeper Paddy Kenny decides to join QPR.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Premier League newcomers Blackpool could sign Richard Chaplow after he was released by local rivals Preston.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool fans burned American flags in a protest against the club's owners outside Anfield, following the departure of manager Rafael Benitez.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former manager Kenny Dalglish will be given the responsibility of drawing up a shortlist of names to replace Benitez at Anfield.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Ex-Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is the man Liverpool want to replace Benitez.
Full story: Daily Star

Or, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is the favourite to become the new manager of Liverpool.
Full story: The Sun

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is also in the running although Dalglish himself could take over the reins at Anfield.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is also in the running to get the top job.
Full story: IMScouting

Liverpool could be heading for an exodus of key players following Benitez's departure on Thursday.
Full story: The Independent

Benitez's exit has opened the door for Real Madrid to sign midfielder Steven Gerrard.
Full story: IMScouting

But Benitez himself may not have to wait too long to find a new job with European champions Inter Milan interested in taking the Spaniard to the San Siro.
Full story: The Sun

New West Ham manager Avram Grant is expected to try to bring his old backroom staff from Portsmouth to Upton Park, but former West Ham player Kevin Keen could be kept on.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is set for clear the air talks with manager Arsene Wenger after being left in limbo by the club's strong stance over his proposed move to Barcelona.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Crystal Palace defender Chris Coleman is in line to become the club's new manager.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Former captain David Beckham has sent axed England winger Theo Walcott a text message to help him get through the agony of missing out on selection for the 2010 World Cup. Arsenal star Walcott was one of seven players to miss out on Fabio Capello's 23-man squad.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
04 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
03 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
03 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
02 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
02 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
02 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - June 2010
21 Jun 10 |  Football


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