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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Manchester City are hoping to tempt £25m-rated Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic with a £200,00-a-week deal, while United are planning their own transfer activity with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema a £20m target.
Full story: goal.com

Barcelona will not bid more than £37.4m for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish champions have already had a £29m bid rejected for the 23-year-old midfielder.
Full story: imScouting

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 21, has insisted he is not letting talk of a potential move to Arsenal or Manchester City distract him from the World Cup. The Werder Bremen player was in superb form as Germany opened their campaign with a 4-0 victory against Australia. (PA)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid are planning a £110m double swoop for England World Cup players Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney. The Spanish giants will offer £80m for Manchester United striker Rooney and will also try to prise Liverpool captain Gerrard from Anfield to bolster their midfield.
Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos has refused to rule out a move to Chelsea. The Blues would be willing to offer the 24-year-old a five-year deal worth £8.3m a year.
Full story: imScouting

West Ham are considering a £4m move for Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama. In direct contrast to the Hammers' current number one Robert Green, Enyeama, 27, has enjoyed an excellent start to the World Cup, excelling in the Super Eagles' 1-0 defeat by Argentina on Saturday.
Full story: the Sun

Juan Roman Riquelme's agent Barry McIntosh claims the "lure of London" could result in the 31-year-old Boca Juniors playmaker turning down four other Premier League clubs in favour of a move to West Ham.
Full story: the Sun

Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure is close to sealing a move to Manchester City, with outgoing Barca president Joan Laporta claiming the sale is "very advanced".
Full story: the Sun

Toure's team-mate Dani Alves could also be on his way to Eastlands after the Brazilian right-back rejected the Catalan club's latest contract offer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Real Madrid will use French striker Karim Benzema as a makeweight in their bid to prise Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic away from Manchester United.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will loan full-back Kyle Walker and midfielder Danny Rose to Portsmouth once the Championship club's transfer embargo is lifted.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal target Laurent Koscielny has pleaded with his club Lorient to accept the Gunners' latest offer. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to have bid £8.3m for the 24-year-old centre-back.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has admitted the club would have to seriously consider any sizeable bid for centre-back Gary Cahill. The 24-year-old has been linked with a £15m move to Arsenal.
Full story: the Sun

606: DEBATE

Manchester City forward Robinho is open to a move to rivals Manchester United having spent the end of last season on loan at Santos.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is hoping to sign Hull defender Steven Mouyokolo, but Stoke have already expressed an interest in the 23-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

England boss Fabio Capello will continue to name his side two hours before kick-off, despite some members of his squad being keen to learn their fate earlier.
Full story: the Sun

Algeria have admitted they are hoping England keeper Robert Green keeps his place after his calamitous error in Saturday's Group C opener and are planning a shoot-on-sight policy in the hope of a repeat performance.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fifa has defended its decision to censor questions put to the North Korean coach and players by the media. At Tuesday's press conference journalists were cut off in mid flow when they attempted to broach the subject of the country's failure to screen their matches.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Portugal midfielder Deco has criticised manager Carlos Queiroz following their 0-0 draw against Ivory Coast, saying he was played out of position on the right wing. The Chelsea player was substituted in the 62nd minute.
Full story: imScouting

Liverpool will refuse to discuss player departures until a new manager is in place, despite interest in striker Fernando Torres and midfielder Yossi Benayoun. The club are hopeful of naming Fulham boss Roy Hodgson as the successor to Rafael Benitez within the next week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson is adamant highly rated defender David Wheater is staying on Teesside this summer after the 22-year-old was linked with a number of Premier League clubs.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chairman of Premier League new boys Blackpool, Karl Oyston, has criticised other clubs for their willingness to go into debt. According to Oyston, some accept they will lose money before the season has even started.
Full story: the Sun

George Burley could return to management, with Crystal Palace keen on the former Ipswich and Scotland boss.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

England's mental approach could scupper their hopes of winning the World Cup, according to Fulham and United States forward Clint Dempsey. Dempsey, who scored the equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw between the sides, believes Capello's team are playing with fear.
Full story: the Sun

Football fans in North Korea will have to wait until today to see any action from their 2-1 loss to Brazil. While the match was on, they were treated to the delights of Echo of Mountain, a comedy based on farmers' attempts to boost grain output. (Daily Telegraph)

Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has admitted he is obsessed by social networking site Twitter. Forlan - DiegoForlan7 on the site - should count himself lucky however as other nations have banned players from tweeting for the duration of the World Cup.
Full story: the Sun

Switzerland's training sessions have been accompanied by the continual hum of vuvuzela noise, with locals invited to display their musical talents to help Ottmar Hitzfeld's side get used to the noise ahead of their Group H opener against Spain.
Full story: the Sun



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see also
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
16 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
16 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
15 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
15 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
14 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
14 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - June 2010
21 Jun 10 |  Football


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