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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1300 BST: Alan Curbishley has played down his chances of securing the job as Fulham manager: "I was told I was on the shortlist but that there were a couple of people ahead of me, so I knew that was going nowhere." (Evening Standard)

1238: Arsenal are on the verge of completing the £10m signing of French defender Laurent Koscielny from Lorient. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Spain striker Fernando Torres has told Liverpool that he will not discuss his future until after he has had a holiday following the World Cup. Torres is wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona - although no official bids have been made.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal are ready to pay £20m for German playmaker Mesut Ozil, having trailed the 21-year-old for months. Ozil has one year left on his contract at Werder Bremen.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City have been linked with a £16.5m move for Cologne's Germany forward Lukas Podolski.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is lining up a £13m move for FC Twente winger Bryan Ruiz.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United have made discreet enquiries about the possibility of signing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who they were keen on recruiting before he moved to Spain from French side Lyon.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is set to lock horns with his old club Chelsea and Manchester United over securing the services of Germany World Cup star Sami Khedira.
Full story: imscouting.com

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez is ready to challenge Tottenham for the signature of Manchester City defender Micah Richards.
Full story: the Times

Sunderland are exploring the possibility of a season-long loan deal for Ghana's young striker Dominic Adiyiah, who is at AC Milan.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United are braced for a raid from Barcelona and Juventus for their left-back Patrice Evra.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham are expecting a bid from Aston Villa for Scott Parker. The Hammers are bracing themselves for the move when Villa midfielder James Milner makes his expected £25m switch to Manchester City.
Full story: the Sun

Villa manager Martin O'Neill, who accepts he is fighting a losing battle to keep Milner, is ready to strike a £30m deal with City for the England international. He wants £15m and Stephen Ireland and Nedum Onuoha in return.
Full story: Daily Star

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has held fresh talks with Robbie Keane about a possible loan return for the Spurs striker. (Various)

Celtic have opened talks with Scunthorpe over a £2m deal for striker Gary Hooper. (Scottish Daily Mail)

German champions Bayern Munich have stepped up their chase for Arsenal target Gregory van der Wiel, who has starred at right-back for the Netherlands at the World Cup in South Africa.
Full story: imscouting.com

OTHER GOSSIP

England boss Fabio Capello's frustration with his side's performances apparently surfaced before the World Cup had started, when he smashed a glass tray in anger at half-time of the warm-up match with Platinum All-Stars.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Injured onlooker Michael Ballack has been ousted from the Germany's World Cup camp after a big rift with current captain Philipp Lahm, who insists he will not give the armband back to the former Chelsea star when he is fit again. The midfielder joined up with the squad last week to act as a cheerleader - but will not be present for the semi-final against Spain.
Full story: the Sun

England Under-21 defender Dan Gosling has walked out on Everton for nothing because the club failed to put a new contract offer to him in writing. Everton made a verbal offer to Gosling but the Premier League sided with the player because of the club's administrative error.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Uruguayan World Cup star Diego Forlan - who left Old Trafford in 2004 after an unsuccessful spell - could have been a Red Devils hero and the club sold him too cheaply.
Full story: Daily Mirror

France captain Patrice Evra has been ­handed a month off by his Manchester United manager Sir Alex ­Ferguson to help him recover from his World Cup nightmare and marathon season - one more week than other United players who starred in South Africa.
Full story: Daily Star

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan insists that he wants to retain the services of Robert Green despite the goalkeeper's blunder against the United States at the World Cup.
Full story: the Guardian

AND FINALLY

American space agency Nasa has joined in the criticism of the Jabulani World Cup ball. Aerodynamic experts from Nasa's Ames Investigation Centre stated the ­Jabulani becomes unpredictable at speeds above 44 mph and also blamed the ball's light weight of only 440g for its poor flight and lack of ­consistency - known as the 'knuckle effect'.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Germany's Mesut Ozil has ridiculed England for saying they were bored between games in South Africa. Ozil said: "If you find the greatest tournament on earth boring, then you probably shouldn't be there."
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
07 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
07 Jul 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
06 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
06 Jul 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
05 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
05 Jul 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - July 2010
24 Jul 10 |  Football


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