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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has dismissed reports that he is planning to exchange Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Lawrence with Middlesbrough's Gary O'Neil. "I haven't spoken to Gordon Strachan (Middlesbrough boss) about this, so I don't know where it has come from," Pulis told the Stoke Sentinel.
Full story: Stoke Senitnel

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid are close to sealing a £30m move for Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 29, according to Real's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who said: "I am confident he can be a Real Madrid player next year".
Full story: the Sun

Meanwhile, Chelsea have pulled out of the race to sign Werder Bremen's Mesut Ozil, 21, with the Stamford Bridge outfit instead keen on fellow German midfielder Sami Khedira, 23, who plays for Stuttgart.
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea will challenge Manchester United and Manchester City to sign Italian striker Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan but they will have to outbid United, who are willing to pay £28m - £2m more than City have offered for the 19-year-old.
Full story: Daily Star

Robinho and Craig Bellamy are expected to lead an £80m exodus from Manchester City this summer, with Brazilian forward Robinho's likely destination being AC Milan following his spell on loan at Santos. Tottenham are interested in Wales striker Bellamy and his City team-mate, defender Micah Richards. (the Times)

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano is eager to join former Anfield boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan next season, with the Argentina captain's agent claiming a move to the Italian side would be a "dream" for the former West Ham man.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is planning a £6m bid for Monaco's 25-year-old South Korean forward Park Chu-Young.
Full story: the Sun

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is ready to launch ­an £8m bid to lure Liverpool's Dutch forward Ryan Babel to St Andrew's.
Full story: Daily Star

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has has made a second bid to sign Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez from Borussia Dortmund.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is set to sign Real Madrid left-back Marcos Alonso in a £2.2m deal, with the club ready to fly him straight to the club's training camp in the United States.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic have completed the signing of Mexico World Cup full-back Efrain Juarez in a £4m deal from UNAM Pumas subject to a medical and work permit. (the Herald)

Efrain Juarez's agent says the Mexico full-back wants to join an English or Spanish club despite Celtic manager Neil Lennon saying he is close to securing the 22-year-old. (Daily Record)

Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc wants a pay off of about £700,000 from Celtic before completing a £3m transfer to Fiorentina. (Daily Record)

Celtic will sign a replacement for goalkeeper Artur Boruc and have sounded out Coventry about Keiren Westwood and Preston over Andy Lonergan. (Daily Express)

Rangers have opened talks with Burnley about signing £1.5m-rated midfielder Chris Eagles. (Daily Express)

Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson will travel to Middlesbrough today for signing talks after personal issues delayed his trip south. (Daily Record)

Huddersfield have approached Leicester with a £300,000 offer for 34-year-old striker Steve Howard.
Full story: Daily Mail

Lee Trundle has rejected offers from League One sides Yeovil and Swindon to make a surprise switch to Welsh Premier League outfit Neath AFC. The 33-year-old striker was released by Bristol City at the end of last season.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

England manager Fabio Capello will tell the Football Association he wants Italian coaches Mauro Tassotti and Walter Zenga added to his backroom staff to replace Stuart Pearce and Ray Clemence.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is considering ending his career in Major League Soccer in the United States, with the 36-year-old likely to retire from playing in the Premier League once his contract runs out at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Full story: the Sun

Portsmouth will withdraw their offer of a player-coach role to England goalkeeper David James unless he can give them an answer in the next 24 hours.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has been thrown an Anfield lifeline after new manager Roy Hodgson assured him he still has a future at the club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton manager David Moyes insists South Africa winger Steven Pienaar is not for sale, despite the player being linked to several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Bayern Munich manager Otmar Hitzfeld is in informal talks with Fulham over their vacant managerial role, although the 62-year-old has two years left on his contract as manager of Switzerland. (the Independent)

Hamilton Accies manager Billy Reid has had second thoughts about turning down the job at Swansea City and will be appointed as boss of the Championship club within 24 hours. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

Manchester City have given a trial to the son of one of the former stars of The A-Team. Roland Benedict, 20, whose father, Dirk, played Templeton 'Faceman' Peck in the 1980s television show, has been training with City's development squad. (the Times)

Former star of rock band Oasis, Noel Gallagher, claims more top players are on their way to Manchester City after he had discussions over lunch with chief executive Garry Cook.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
14 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
13 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
13 Jul 10 |  Scotland
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Monday's Scottish gossip
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