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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1333 BST: Both Manchester City and United are keen to sign 19-year-old Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli, with the Italian flattered by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's interest according to the player's agent. [Press Association]

1213 BST Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard has been accused by the club's head of football operations Adam Pearson of wrecking a proposed move to Scottish club Celtic by making "ridiculous financial demands". Full story: Daily Mail

1036 BST West Ham target Loic Remy wants any deal to be completed quickly. The 23-year-old is interested in a move to Upton Park but has admitted that Nice's asking price could be a problem, saying: "[they] are asking for a lot of money." [L'Equipe]

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea have lined up Portugal and Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao, 22, as a potential replacement for Ashley Cole - if the England defender moves to Real Madrid.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester City want Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, 24, to bolster their forward line but have baulked at the £34m asking price. However, a player-plus-cash deal involving Roque Santa Cruz could be one option. (Daily Telegraph)

Midfielder Dan Gosling, who has left Everton for nothing having only been offered a verbal contract, looks set to join Newcastle. However, the Toffees are still hopeful of securing £4m in compensation for the England Under-21 international.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom are keen to sign Swedish striker Marcus Berg on a season-long loan deal from Hamburg, although the German side are demanding a "substantial" fee. The Baggies are also keen on Liverpool forward David Ngog following their return to the Premier League. (Daily Express)

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he wants to sign Brazil playmaker Kaka from Real Madrid - but admits there is only a slim chance of the move actually happening.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham will be rebuffed in any attempt to sign goalkeeper Joe Hart from Manchester City. The England international had been considered as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Mark Schwarzer but City have made it clear they will not entertain a bid to take Hart either on loan or in a permanent deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rejected the chance to meet with Barcelona in South Africa to discuss the potential transfer of Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke City are willing to spend £7m to sign defender Maynor Figueroa from Wigan but they face competition from Liverpool for the 27-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Nice forward Loic Remy is still a West Ham target but the Hammers would have to pay £12m for the 23-year-old having reportedly offered £11m earlier this month.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is likely to leave Fratton Park for AEK Athens in a £3.5m deal. (the Guardian)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres could miss the first month of the season after appearing to injure his groin during Spain's World Cup final win over the Netherlands on Sunday. Torres had only recently returned to fitness following a knee injury. (the Sun)

And any injury could scupper a potential £50m summer move to Premier League champions Chelsea. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp fears the new season could be centre-back Jonathan Woodgate's last as a player. The 30-year-old has been beset by injury problems during his career and made only three appearances last season - the last of which being in November's 9-1 thrashing of Wigan.
Full story: Daily Star

Paul Simpson is set to be named League Two club Stockport County's new manager this week. Simpson, 43, has been out of work since being sacked by Shrewsbury in April. (Daily Express)

AND FINALLY

A Spanish fan wearing an anti-racism T-shirt tried to grab the World Cup trophy moments before players walked out for the start of the match.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Monday's Scottish gossip
12 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
11 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
11 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
10 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
10 Jul 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - July 2010
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