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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City are ready to take their summer spending towards £90m by attempting to lure England midfielder James Milner in a £25m move from Aston Villa.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

City are expected to lodge an improved bid for Milner in the next seven to 10 days after having an initial £20m offer for the England international rejected by Aston Villa, and have not given up hope of landing Bosnia-Hercegovina striker Edin Dzeko despite Wolfsburg's £50m asking price. (The Times)

Liverpool-bound Roy Hodgson wants to spend the £15m transfer budget he will be handed when he checks in as boss at Anfield on midfielder Gilberto Silva, defender Brede Hangeland, forward Rafael van der Vaart and midfielder Danny Murphy.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona will launch a £25m bid for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano as soon as Yaya Toure completes his move to Manchester City.
Full story: The Sun

The Catalan club look set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil. Barcelona are reportedly ready to offer £18m for the 21-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of next season, and allow him to stay at his current club Werder Bremen on loan next season.
Full story: Daily Star

After spending much of the World Cup warming the bench for Spain, Barcelona transfer target midfielder Cesc Fabregas may stay at Arsenal after all.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Gunners are eyeing a move for £10m-rated Germany defender Per Mertesacker and are already close to finalising an £8.5m deal for defender Laurent Koscielny from French club Lorient.
Full story: The Sun

West Ham are closing in on a deal to sign Brazilian wonderkid Neymar on a season-long loan, before the 18-year-old Santos forward then joins Chelsea in a year's time.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland are close to signing Nigeria striker John Utaka from Portsmouth in a £2m deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Black Cats have bid £7m for England defender Matthew Upson - an offer that may tempt cash-strapped West Ham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England defender Sol Campbell, 35, has stalled on joining Celtic because he is holding out for a new deal at Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham have rejected a £6m bid from Birmingham for striker Bobby Zamora, while Burnley striker Robbie Blake has joined Bolton on a free transfer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham have targeted West Ham striker Carlton Cole as a ready-made replacement for Zamora, who is set to follow manager Roy Hodgson out of Craven Cottage.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Alan Curbishley could be set for a players' revolt if he replaces Hodgson as Fulham manager as Danny Murphy, Paul Konchesky, John Pantsil and Zamora could demand moves from the Europa League finalists.
Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Roy Hodgson's two-year contract as Liverpool manager, which is expected to be signed on Thursday, will not contain a release clause allowing him to take the England job.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Disarray within the Football Assocation could hurt England's chances of successfully bidding for the 2018 World Cup, with Fifa unhappy that interim chairman Roger Burden did not attend England's defeat by Germany in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

David Platt is being lined up as Roberto Mancini's number two. The former England midfielder has been friends with the Manchester City manager since they played at Sampdoria. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Former Manchester United playmaker Eric Cantona is being lined up to play an evil alien in cult BBC sci-fi hit Doctor Who.
Full story: Daily Star



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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
01 Jul 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
30 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
30 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
29 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
29 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
28 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
28 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - July 2010
24 Jul 10 |  Football
Transfers - June 2010
21 Jun 10 |  Football


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