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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1430 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has dismissed speculation that he is about to leave the club. Holloway is currently negotiating a new contract with the Seasiders after overseeing their promotion to the Premier League last season.

He told the Blackpool Gazette: "Anyone that thinks I would walk out on the club must be mad. The negotiations have gone on for a few weeks, but we are pretty close to sorting it out I think. We are still in talks."
Full story: Blackpool gazette

1120 BST: Former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is on Fulham's shortlist to succeed Roy Hodgson as manager, should he join Liverpool. Sven-Goran Eriksson, Mark Hughes and Tony Mowbray are the others being considered.
Full story: goal.com

1020 BST: Arsenal are thought to be considering a £12m bid for Liverpool winger Ryan Babel.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

0920 BST: Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack is poised to sign for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, according to German sports agency SID.

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he is trying to beat Arsenal to the signature of Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole.
Full story: The Sun

New Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh wants the Gunners to sign his ex-Bordeaux team-mate Yoann Gourcuff.
Full story: The Sun

Brazil forward Robinho has told Manchester City he wants to leave the club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona's ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is set to join MLS side New York Red Bulls on a two-year deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool have their sights on Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey and will make an improved after after a £2m bid was rejected.
Full story: The Sun

Blackburn have told defender Zurab Khizanishvili to find a new club.
Full story: The Sun

Everton are interested in Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland.
Full story: The Sun

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill may move for Celtic winger Aiden McGeady.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Hull will give Jimmy Bullard a £2m golden handshake so he can leave the relegated club. Celtic and West Brom are keen on the midfielder.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Middlesbrough are poised to sign Charlton captain Nicky Bailey after agreeing a fee of £1.4m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Valencia have asked for Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz as a makeweight in the deal for David Silva.
Full story: Daily Mail

Cesc Fabregas has re-affirmed his desire to join Barcelona after fresh talks with Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke City have emerged as the favourites to sign Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley despite interest from Celtic, Roma, West Ham, Everton, Panathinaikos, Galatasaray and Fenerbache.
Full story: Daily Mail

Lazio are lining up an £8m double bid for Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng and Nadir Belhadj.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland will sign Egypt right-back Ahmed Al-Muhammadi on loan for a season from Egyptian club ENPPI, beating off late interest from West Brom.
Full story: Daily Mail

Hamburg are ready to offer Rangers £5.25m for Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra. (Various)

Rangers have denied receiving a bid from Bundesliga club Hamburg for defender Madjid Bougherra after an agent claimed all the details had been agreed. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Roy Hodgson will move a step nearer becoming Liverpool's next manager after completing his role with BBC Sport at the World Cup.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham are lining up Sven-Goran Eriksson as Hodgson's replacement.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool fans fear manager Ian Holloway could walk out of the club only one month after winning promotion to the Premier League after he rejected the Seasiders' first offer of a new deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Rangers director Dave King says the Scottish champions were on the brink of administration and that the latest title success saved the club. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is such a big fan of Oasis that he wants them to reform and play a gig in Buenos Aires to celebrate if his country wins the World Cup. (Daily Express)



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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
25 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
24 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
24 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
23 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
23 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
22 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
22 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - June 2010
21 Jun 10 |  Football


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