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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Japan star Keisuke Honda is open to a move to the Premier League, which could interest the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.
Full story: sport.co.uk

Glenn Hoddle has joined the race to succeed Roy Hodgson as Fulham manager, with former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray also believed to be a strong contender.
Full story: goal.com

Gareth Bale has urged Tottenham to do everything they can to bring Joe Cole to White Hart Lane. (Press Association)

David Beckham has refused to call time on his career as an international footballer at 35, despite suggestions he may have a coaching role to play at England.
Full story: Yahoo sport

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is ready to test Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a £35m bid for Dutch striker Robin van Persie.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to launch a bid for out-of-favour Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema but the Manchester United boss must first attempt to secure funds from player sales.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

New Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill is confident of persuading David James to stay at Fratton Park following talks with the England goalkeeper.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham are expected to make an improved offer for Brazilian teenage star Neymar after Santos rejected a £12m bid.
Full story: Daily Mail

Winger Hameur Bouazza wants to quit Premier League new boys Blackpool for a move to Paris St Germain.
(Daily Star)

Geovanni is poised to quit Hull after being handed a free transfer, with Greek clubs AEK Athens and Panathinaikos both keen to sign the striker.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth have told Lazio to double their £5m joint offer for duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Nadir Belhadj.
(Daily Star)

Stoke City have confirmed they are keen to sign Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley, and could get him for a fraction of the £6m they bid for him two years ago.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool and Spurs are battling to sign Galatasaray's Turkish winger Arda Turan, who says it is his "dream" to play at Anfield.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal are tracking AS Monaco highly rated keeper Stephane Ruffier who has told his club that he wants to leave this summer. Juventus, Napoli and Bayern Munich are also reported to be interested in the 23-year-old.
Full story: footylatest.com

Tottenham are set to enter the race to sign Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and are prepared to offer as much as £25m for the Sweden international.
Full story: footylatest.com

Manchester City target Edin Dzeko has pleaded with his Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren to let him go. The 24-year-old striker has a price tag of £32.5m which Wolfbsurg will not drop.
Full story: goal.com

OTHER GOSSIP

Striker Michael Owen, 30, says he will be fit for the start of the Premier League season with Manchester United and confirms his interest in returning to international football.
(Daily Telegraph)

England's bid for World Cup glory was derailed before it began by sex rumours spread on the internet, it has been claimed, which caused "huge divisions" within the camp.
Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

Welsh football chief Jonathan Ford, who has come under fire after backing Fifa's stance against goal-line technology, has hit back at England with a swipe at their performances in South Africa. "By conceding four goals I don't think England were really in any position that they were going through to the final," said Ford.
Full story: The Western Mail



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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
02 Jul 10 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
01 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
01 Jul 10 |  Scottish Premier
Wednesday's gossip column
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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
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Monday's Scottish gossip
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