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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is ­planning for life without England midfielder James Milner, who has been linked to Manchester City, and has launched an £8m bid for Mbark Boussoufa of Anderlecht.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Inter Milan hope a combined bid of £33m will be enough to persuade Liverpool to sell Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano and Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has branded Barca's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic a "failure" and insists he will end up at Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton defender Andy O'Brien is wanted by Championship newcomers Leeds.
Full story: The Sun

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has put a £15m price tag on Arsenal and Aston Villa target Hugo Rodallega.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wolfsburg manager Steve McClaren has entered the race to sign Michael Ballack after the Germany midfielder was released by Chelsea.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confirmed the Gunners are interested in signing Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and has hinted defender William Gallas will leave the club after failing to get the two-year contract he wanted.
Full story: Daily Star

Benfica midfielder Angel di Maria is closing in on a transfer to Real Madrid after telling the Portuguese club he is reluctant to move to England.
Full story: Daily Mail

New Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he would like to speak to Robbie Keane again after the Tottenham striker's successful loan spell at the Scottish club last season and also said Sol Campbell, who finished the season at Arsenal, had "shown interest" in joining but there was still "a bit of work" to do. (Daily Record)

Fulham hope to see off late interest from Birmingham and West Ham to sign Standard Liege's Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani for £8m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newly promoted Blackpool are weighing up Portsmouth forward Danny Webber, Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle, who began his career at Bloomfield Road. (Times)

Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough are all tracking 20-year-old Swindon striker Charlie Austin, who scored 20 goals in 31 games last season.
Full story: Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Xavi believes Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas will join him at Barcelona at some point. The pair have never played together at club level despite both coming through the youth system at Barca.

"He (Fabregas) wants to come here and is talking to the club about that," Xavi said.

"I have always said that he has the Barca DNA and he should be confident there will be a solution soon. He should play for Barca and it has to be now."

Liverpool remain keen to offer their vacant manager's position to Fulham boss Roy Hodgson, despite Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish's interest in returning to the post.
Full story: the Guardian

Chelsea's French international striker Nicolas Anelka has agreed a two-year extension to his current deal, which has one year left to run. The new contract is worth £90,000 per week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

France's World Cup plans have been thrown into turmoil by divisions within their squad over whether Barcelona striker Thierry Henry should start against Uruguay on Friday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Property developer Andrew Ellis's bid to buy Rangers is not as much of a done deal as has been reported, with no price agreed or time set for the conclusion of talks. (Daily Record)

United States coach Bob Bradley says he has spent time at Manchester United observing Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson's management techniques as part of his World Cup build-up.
Full story: Daily Express

Former Notts County manager Steve Cotterill will be named as Portsmouth's new boss next week and Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot could be one of the first new arrivals at the club (Daily Express).

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted Theo Walcott's omission from the England World Cup squad came as a "massive surprise" but has urged the 21-year-old to put it behind him and concentrate on his future instead.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Brazilian Carlos Eugenio Simon, who will referee England's first World Cup group C match against the United States in Rustenburg on Saturday, and his assistants have been given a list of 20 English swear words as part of a crackdown on abusive language.
Full story: The Times

Paul Dickov says he turned down the chance to possibly play alongside Thierry Henry in America's Major League Soccer to become Oldham player-manager.
Full story: Mirror



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see also
Thursday's World Cup 2010 round-up
10 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's Scottish gossip
10 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
09 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
09 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
07 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
08 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - June 2010
21 Jun 10 |  Football


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