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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1929 BST: Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano's agent Marco Piccioli has held talks with Inter Milan technical director Marco Branco over a possible move for the midfielder to the Nerazzurri.

"There has already been a first contact with director Marco Branca," Piccioli told www.Itasportpress.it. "We're evaluating the move hard and in the next few days we'll have a new meeting to better establish the details of this transfer deal."

1806 BST: Manchester City's long pursuit of Barcelona's Ivory Coast international midfielder Yaya Toure is nearing a successful conclusion and the basis of a deal with the Catalan club has been agreed for after the World Cup.
Full story: Guardian

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are ready to rival Arsenal and Manchester City for Werder Bremen's £20m-rated Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Full story: Daily Mail

Valencia's Spain international midfielder David Silva has had a change of mind about moving to England and is weighing up interest from Manchester City or Chelsea.
Full story: Guardian

Manchester City still retain hope of signing James Milner in the summer after Aston Villa revealed that they will not offer the winger a new £70,000-a-week contract until after the World Cup.
Full story: The Sun

Italian giants Juventus have offered Arsenal defender William Gallas, whose contract with the Gunners expires on 30 June, a two-year contract.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland are lining up a bid for Borussia Dortmund's Paraguay striker Nelson Haedo Valdez, with the German club wanting £8m for the 26-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli is set to turn down Birmingham City to remain with the Serie A club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham have made an official approach for Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham, Blackburn and West Ham are all keeping tabs on Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard, whose club has already rejected a £3.75m offer from Burnley.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Feyenoord's 16-year-old midfielder Kyle Ebecilio when he becomes available on 1 July - the Gunners will only have to pay about £500,000 for the Dutch Under-17 star.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who is wanted by former club Barcelona, has risked another fall-out with the Gunners by criticising the club's preparations for games.
Full story: Daily Mirror

But Barcelona's chase for Fabregas has been nudged down the Catalans' priority list after new president Sandro Rossell and manager Pep Guardiola earmarked Liverpool's Fernando Torres as their primary target.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, Barcelona will increase their bid for Fabregas to £40m - but that will be their maximum offer. (Daily Star)

Or, Barca will offer striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in part exchange for Fabregas.
Full story: imscouting.com

Real Madrid have dropped their interest in Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard and will pursue Roma's Daniele de Rossi instead.
Full story: imscouting.com

Wigan hope to finalise a deal for Honduras international midfielder Emiliano Izaguierre after the World Cup.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland have launched a £6m bid for Schalke's Germany international defender Heiko Westermann.
Full story: Daily Mail

Ex-Arsenal winger Robert Pires, who is a free agent after being released by Villarreal, says he is wanted by Birmingham and Leicester.
Full story: The Sun

Burnley have bid £1.75m for Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham.
Full story: The Sun

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack, who has been released by Chelsea, is being lined up for a move to Bayer Leverkusen. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

England boss Fabio Capello will scrutinise Robert Green's final preparations in training before Friday's Group C fixture against Algeria but is increasingly inclined to retain the West Ham goalkeeper as his first choice for the critical match in Cape Town.
Full story: Guardian

AND FINALLY

England's World Cup striker striker Wayne Rooney has cleared up the mystery of why he had the words Jimmy and Floyd on a golf shoe in South Africa. Jimmy is a boyhood nickname after former Netherlands star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. (the Sun)



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


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