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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1018 BST: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will sign a defender before the end of the World Cup. He told the club's website: "There will be something happening before the end of the World Cup - certainly on the defensive side."
Full story: Arsenal.com

0945 BST: Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina fears the club could face a "really tough" season should stars Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres follow former boss Rafael Benitez through the Anfield exit door this summer.
Full story: the Guardian

TRANSFER GOSSIP

New Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is preparing a £15m offer for Liverpool defender Glen Johnson.
Full story: The Sun

Bolton and Celtic are pursuing Brazilian striker Ilan, who is a free agent after leaving West Ham at the end of the season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Yaya Toure's agent says he expects the Barcelona midfielder to join his brother Kolo at Manchester City "very soon".
Full story: The Guardian

Argentina star Lionel Messi has revealed that he has sent text messages to Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas to try to persuade him to join Barcelona.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has yet to decide on a bid from CSKA Moscow after being offered a £4m-a-year deal by Abu Dhabi-based club Al Jazira.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa are set to make a £6m bid for Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.
Full story: The Sun

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has been in Germany to secure a deal for Schalke defender Heiko Westermann.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham hope to take former Wolves and Coventry striker Robbie Keane back to the West Midlands from Tottenham, seeing off interest from local rivals Aston Villa.
Full story: Daily Mirror

St Etienne have joined Rangers in the race to sign Manchester United's French winger Gabriel Obertan on loan and the Ligue 1 side also want Stoke defender Ibrahima Sonko.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini is being lined up as a possible replacement for Rafael Benitez at Liverpool.
Full story: The Sun

Pellegrini has held talks with Liverpool but Fulham's Roy Hodgson remains favourite to take over at Anfield.
Full story: The Guardian

Blackpool are to make a second contract offer to manager Ian Holloway after he rejected their opening bid.
Full story: Daily Mirror

England missed out on the chance to practice with the controversial Jabulani World Cup ball after a consignment sent to the Football Association in February went missing.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Crystal Palace boss Paul Hart will be confirmed as Phil Brown's successor as Hull manager in the next few days.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

German side Borussia Dortmund have banned vuvuzelas from their stadium. "These horrid things will be forbidden from the Westfalenstadion," said general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Full story: Guardian



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


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