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Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1405 BST: Werder Bremen are ready to listen to offers for Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Various clubs have been linked with him this summer, notably, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal. (AFP)

1135 BST: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed that the club are on the verge of signing Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa from Spartak Moscow.
Full story: 101greatgoals.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona will make a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £40m to Arsenal in one last attempt to prise midfielder Cesc Fabregas away from the Emirates.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that left-back Ashley Cole is not for sale and will not be joining Real Madrid or Manchester City.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

So Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho will instead turn his attention to Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, with his team-mate Nemanja Vidic also a target.
Full story: News of the World

Manchester United want to sign Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm and are prepared to offer forward Dimitar Berbatov in order to land the 26-year-old German. (Sunday Express)

Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will launch joint bids to bring Anfield forward Dirk Kuyt and Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar to Inter Milan. (Sunday Times)

Everton have rejected a £14m bid from Arsenal for central defender Phil Jagielka, and the Gunners are now poised to make an improved £16m offer for the England international.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Mario Balotelli's transfer to Manchester City is back on after the Eastlands club offered Inter Milan £20m for the 19-year-old.
Full story: News of the World

Newcastle could swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, who has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and will be released by the Spanish giants.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Liverpool have offered England international and former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole a £90,000-a-week three-year contract.
Full story: News of the World

New Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has told midfielder Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres to decide if they want to remain at Anfield in the next two weeks.
Full story: News of the World

Jimmy Bullard is poised to join Celtic after all after the midfielder accepted a fee from Hull City to leave the relegated club for a season. (News of the World)

Blackpool will table an offer of £500,000 this week for Celtic winger Paddy McCourt after having a £350,000 offer turned down and being told the Glasgow club want double that figure for a player they are considering offering a contract extension. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic are considering veteran England goalkeeper David James - a free agent after leaving Portsmouth - as a successor to Artur Boruc following the Pole's move to Fiorentina. (Sunday Times)

However, Celtic could turn their attention to Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni as Boruc's replacement. (News of the World)

Arsenal and Tottenham have been told that Ipswich's 17-year-old striker Connor Wickham will cost them £10m.
Full story: News of the World

Tottenham are interested in signing Blackburn's 18-year-old defender Phil Jones.
Full story: Sunday People

West Brom are lining up a £1m bid to sign Blackburn striker Jason Roberts.
Full story: Daily Star on Sunday

Stoke City are set to offer West Ham £8m for striker Carlton Cole.
Full story: Sunday People

Middlesbrough will this week launch a £500,000 bid for Dundee United winger Craig Conway. (Sunday Mail)

Paul Hartley's return to Hearts should be finalised on Monday after the Scotland midfielder became homesick at Bristol City. (Scotland on Sunday)

Aberdeen have joined Hearts in the race to sign Paul Hartley, with the homesick Scottish midfielder wanting to leave Bristol City. (Sunday Mail)

Hearts' move for Kilmarnock midfielder Craig Bryson has been put on hold as the clubs could not agree a fee, with the Ayrshire club demanding more than the £450,000 the Edinburgh outfit are willing to offer. (Scotland on Sunday)

OTHER GOSSIP

The owners of United States baseball giants New York Yankees are looking at buying Tottenham for £450m.
Full story: Daily Star on Sunday

Fulham have persuaded former Tottenham manager Martin Jol to quit Ajax to become Roy Hodgson's successor at Craven Cottage, and will confirm the appointment on Monday.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

England manager Fabio Capello believes his failure to convince Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement was a massive contributing factor to his side's dismal World Cup showing this summer.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

England players want Capello sacked following the publication of player ratings website the Capello Index.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is in line to become part of Capello's backroom staff and could eventually replace the Italian.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Manchester City are interested in adding Capello's England assistant Franco Baldini to their coaching team.
Full story: Sunday People

AND FINALLY

Aston Villa's Bulgarian midfielder Stiliyan Petrov believes England will never win a major tournament unless a domestic season winter-break is introduced.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton is to give up his executive box at Manchester City after the club raised the price of it from £22,000 last season to £39,000 for the coming campaign.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

It has been revealed that over one million World Cup seats went unsold in South Africa, with many locals unable to afford to buy tickets for the games.
Full story: Mail on Sunday



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see also
Sunday's Scottish gossip
18 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
17 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
17 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
16 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
16 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
15 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
15 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2010
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