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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1341 BST: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has admitted it will take a £50m offer to persuade him to sell star striker Kevin Doyle.

"Look, if Manchester United come in and offer the club £50m and give him 200 grand a week, I can't keep him," said McCarthy.

"Doyle will be a player for us unless someone comes in offering the earth, moon and stars for him." (Press Association)

1134 BST: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has admitted they may not be able to sign Arsenal captain this summer. Rosell says there are currently no talks between the two sides over a deal for Spain midfielder.

"Arsenal feels very hurt by Barca," Rosell told Catalan TV3. "They don't want to listen to offers or sell and they are not putting the player on the market. There was a strong dispute a few months ago and they have not forgotten it.

"He will arrive, even if it is not now, it will be next year. We will see. One thing that is certain is that we will not go mad trying to sign him. No shareholder would pay 60 or 70m euros for him.

"We will not go all out for him. We would only pay his value in the transfer market." (Press Association)


Manchester City will take their summer spending to £75m after Lazio accepted their £17m bid for left-back Aleksander Kolarov.
Full story: Daily Mail

But Manchester United could be in danger of losing Kolarov's Serbia team-mate Nemanja Vidic, with the centre-back believed to be the subject of serious interest from Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Mail

Shakhtar Donetsk are considering a £20m bid for out-of-favour Manchester City winger Robinho.
Full story: Daily Mail

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set to lock horns in an £8m battle over 17-year-old Ipswich striker Connor Wickham.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sevilla's Brazil international striker Luis Fabiano has welcomed talk of a summer move to Tottenham.
Full story: the Sun

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has hinted the club may be ready to sell forward Mario Balotelli if a club makes the right offer.
Full story: Independent

AC Milan are offering their Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Tottenham and Aston Villa as they try to raise money to scupper Manchester City's bid for Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko.
Full story: Daily Mail

Villa are weighing up an £8m bid for Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Mandzukic.
Full story: the Sun

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is hoping to bolster his attacking options with the acquisition of AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham will complete a £1m deal for Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne on a three-year contract worth £40,000 a week. The Hammers also hope to land Nice forward Loic Remy on Friday after failing with an initial £11.5m bid.
Full story: the Sun

But Liverpool may yet enter the race for Remy with a late £12m bid.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is close to sealing a 12-month loan deal for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.
Full story: Daily Star

Bruce will have to pay £10m if he wants to sign midfielder Stephen Ireland from Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)


Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, currently in charge at Ajax, has emerged as a late contender to take over at Fulham. Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be offered an extra £30,000 a week at Old Trafford as part of a five-year contract, taking his weekly salary to £130,000.
Full story: Daily Mail

Ex-United forward Eric Cantona says he is "sure England will not qualify" for Euro 2012 or the 2014 World Cup because there are not enough English players competing in the Premier League.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that many of his new players are "disenchanted" following a disappointing 2009-10 season.
Full story: Daily Star


Joe Hart has cut short his holiday in a bid to become first-choice goalkeeper for Manchester City and England next season.
Full story: Daily Mail

The ball used in the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain has sparked a bidding frenzy on eBay. By Thursday night the price had soared from £99 to £52,100, with the auction ending at 1700 BST on Friday. (the Sun)

The German aquarium that owns octopus oracle Paul has rejected a number of bids for the celebrity mollusk from Spain.

Paul rose to international prominence by correctly calling the outcome of all seven of Germany's matches at the 2010 World Cup, culminating in their semi-final defeat by eventual champions Spain.

With many in his home country speculating how Paul would taste grilled in garlic butter, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero offered to send a security team to protect the two-and-a-half-year-old.

Meanwhile, officials from the Spanish town of O Caraballino tried to borrow Paul to promote a seafood festival and a businessman from the town also offered about £26,000 to buy him, but the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen declined.

Madrid Zoo then asked Sea Life if it would be willing to make a deal to bring him in - on either a temporary or permanent basis - as a tribute to the Spanish football team's victory, but that request has also been rejected.

It's totally out of the question to sell Paul or lend him out," said Sea Life spokeswoman Kerstin Kuehn. "Paul will enjoy his greatly deserved retirement in Sea Life in Oberhausen." (Associated Press)

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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
16 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
15 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
15 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
14 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
14 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
13 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
13 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2010
24 Jul 10 |  Football

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