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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1801 BST: AC Milan owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has vowed that the Italian giants will never sell Brazilian forward Ronaldinho.

"Ronaldinho is not transferable and we're all in agreement that he will remain at Milan as long as he continues to play," said Berlusconi. "I've not spoken to him recently, but it is certain that we will be renewing his contract and that he'll stay (at Milan) as long as he continues to play.

"I consider him the best player of all time."

1250 BST: Blackpool deny reports they have become the first club in Britain to encourage fans to bring vuvuzelas to matches.

"We haven't really given any full consideration to vuvuzelas - we've had plenty of other things occupying the mind with a debut season in the Premier League to prepare for," said a club spokesman.

"Any decision will be taken in due course and in consultation with relevant supporter groups."
Blackpool Football Club website

1035 BST: Manchester City have rubbished claims by Didier Drogba's agent that the club have been in contact about signing the Chelsea striker.

Thierno Seydi suggested in a radio interview that Drogba could leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer deadline and said there had already been dialogue with City.

But a City spokesperson said: "There has been absolutely no contact. We have not spoken to him and there is no foundation to this." (Press Association)

0843 BST: Martin Jol is prepared to snub Fulham and remain at Ajax, providing the club allow him to strengthen the squad this summer.

Jol is Fulham's first choice to succeed Roy Hodgson but the Dutchman has hinted he will remain in Amsterdam after talks with the Ajax hierarchy.

"They (Fulham) were interested but in principle I will stay at Ajax," Jol told Amsterdam-based newspaper De Telegraaf on Tuesday. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Didier Drogba's agent has revealed he is in talks with Manchester City over the Chelsea striker making a £20m move to Eastlands.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is refusing to give up on his dream move to Barcelona but may be forced to submit an official transfer request to force his exit from the Emirates.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barca hope to hold talks with Arsenal to discuss the Premier League club's grievances over their persistent pursuit of Fabregas before submitting a second bid in an attempt to bring the Spain international back to his homeland.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Gunners striker Eduardo is on the verge of a £6m move to Shakhtar Donetsk after undergoing a medical. (the Times)

Greek side Panathinaikos have stepped up their efforts to sign out-of-contract Arsenal defender Williams Gallas, offering the Frenchman £25,000-a-week wages and a signing-on fee of almost £1m.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool hope Joe Cole's arrival at Anfield on a four-year deal worth £18.7m can convince Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to commit their futures to the club.
Full story: the Guardian

Sevilla's Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano says he may remain in Spain, despite a summer of speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.
Full story: the Sun

West Ham remain in the hunt for Nice striker Loic Remy but may face competition from Liverpool for the £12m-rated player.
Full story: the Sun

Alternatively, West Ham have turned their attention to Rosario Central's Argentine striker Milton Caraglio.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City officials have travelled to Italy to close the £35m deal for Inter Milan's 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland are considering a £5m move for Wigan defender Titus Bramble, who Black Cats boss Steve Bruce previously worked with at Wigan.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bruce is the favourite to sign centre-back Sol Campbell, a free agent after his Arsenal contract expired at the end of last season.
Full story: the Sun

Sunderland and Bolton are vying for £6m-rated Algeria midfielder Karim Matmour, who helped his country hold England to a goalless draw at the World Cup.
Full story: the Sun

Newcastle are keen to sign St Etienne's 23-year-old centre-back Yohan Benalouane.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham have been approached about a deal for Monterrey's Chile striker Humberto Suazo and have expressed an interest in Argentine midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme, who is a free agent.
Full story: Daily Mail

David James will open talks with Celtic after Portsmouth withdrew their contract offer for the 39-year-old England goalkeeper.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham manager elect Martin Jol is eager to bring Tottenham striker Robbie Keane to Craven Cottage after being promised a £20m transfer kitty by club owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is set to table a £10m bid for Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic have been forced to give up their hopes of signing Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard because the 31-year-old's family are settled in Yorkshire. (Daily Record)

Stoke midfielder Liam Lawrence expects to complete a £2m move to last season's Scottish Premier League runners-up Celtic. Full story: the Sun

Middlesbrough's French midfielder Didier Digard is ready to sign for French side Nice in a permanent cut-price deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Boro boss Gordon Strachan has stepped up his bid to land Dundee United's Craig Conway, but the Championship club will be forced to pay at least £1m for the midfielder. (Daily Record)

Marlon Harewood has been offered a two-year deal at Rangers. The striker is a free agent after leaving Aston Villa.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee is prepared to battle it out with Hearts for free agent Paul Hartley. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not concerned that he has not heard from Javier Mascherano since trying to contact the midfielder last week. The Argentina captain is still on holiday after his World Cup exploits and is not due to return for pre-season training for another week.
Full story: the Independent

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says his club do not need to spend heavily this summer to regain the Premier League title from Chelsea.
Full story: the Sun

Midfielder Paul Scholes says reclaiming the Premier League title is Manchester United's top priority next season, over success in the Champions League.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Martin Jol will be unveiled as Fulham boss before Thursday's friendly with Halmstad. Caretaker boss Ray Lewington took the Cottagers on their pre-season tour to Sweden but his future is now in doubt because Jol wants his brother Cornelis to join him as assistant coach.
Full story: Daily Star

Football Association bosses have reduced ticket prices by up to 33% for August's friendly against Hungary at Wembley following the national team's disappointing World Cup campaign.
Full story: the Sun

The FA has hinted that it could again look abroad when appointing a successor to Fabio Capello as England manager.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Newcastle's Joey Barton claims he is "as good as anyone in the country", including fellow midfielders Steven Gerrard of Liverpool and Chelsea's Frank Lampard.
Full story: Daily Mail

Premier League newcomers Blackpool have become the first club in Britain to encourage fans to bring vuvuzelas, which were a prominent feature at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, to matches.
Full story: the Sun

Efrain Juarez revealed his delight at joining Celtic - via Twitter. The Mexico defender returned home to finalise a visa after completing his medical and celebrated the £2.5m move by Tweeting: "I'm so happy to have signed for a historic team in Celtic!" (Daily Record)



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see also
Monday's gossip column
19 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
19 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
18 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
18 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2010
24 Jul 10 |  Football


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