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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea hope to beat off competition from Barcelona and Bayern Munich by tabling a £20m bid for Brazil and Benfica defensive midfielder Ramires.
Full story: Sun

Fernando Torres has been in talks with Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow but the striker is keeping the club waiting when it comes to committing his future to them.
Full story: Sun

Liverpool are in talks about selling Javier Mascherano after Italian club Inter Milan, managed by ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez, made an approach for the combative Argentina midfielder.
Full story: Guardian

New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is set to turn his attentions to signing Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge. The future for the 29-year-old left-back has come under threat at Eastlands with the impending arrival of a number of new players.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Reds also hope to beat West Ham to the signing of Nice striker Loic Remy by including midfielders Nabil El Zhar and Damien Plessis in a players-plus-cash offer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, the Hammers are in pole position to sign Remy after making an improved £13m bid.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham boss Avram Grant is waiting for Martin Jol to leave Ajax and take up the manager's post at Fulham so he can sign striker Miralem Sulejmani from the Dutch club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid striker Raul is being lined up for a move to Tottenham Hotspur with the 33-year-old Spaniard available on a free transfer.
Full story: Sun

The White Hart Lane outfit will be making their Champions League debut this season and are also interested in bringing in striker Craig Bellamy on loan from Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes he can persuade defender Sol Campbell to resist any overtures from Newcastle, Sunderland and Celtic and stay with the Gunners.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has joined the race to sign England goalkeeper David James, who is also a target for Scottish club Celtic.
Full story: Daily Mail

Spanish La Liga club Sevilla have made a £9m bid for Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wigan are lining up a £2m move for PSV Eindhoven defender Carlos Salcido as a possible replacement for Maynor Figueroa, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega is courting attention as Stoke are preparing to offer £7m and forward James Beattie to land the Colombian.
Full story: Sun

West Bromwich Albion are weighing up a move for former Hull City midfielder George Boateng after the Dutchman started training with the club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manager Neil Lennon has promised Celtic fans his summer signing blitz will kick into overdrive once he returns from the USA on Friday. (Various)

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain reckons the club need three new signings to replace the six first team players who have left Ibrox this summer. (Daily Record)

Bain refused to rule out any further sales and revealed that departed striker Kris Boyd had been offered a basic wage of £18,000-a-week. (Daily Record)

Celtic are in a race to sign Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper before Thursday night's Champions League qualifying deadline. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Joe Cole claims he has joined the "biggest club in the country" following his free transfer to the Anfield outfit after the midfielder's release by Chelsea earlier in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher says the Old Trafford side want to win a 19th league title to move ahead of Liverpool and become England's most successful club.
Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes his side are capable of building on qualifying for the Champions League by winning the Premier League title.
Full story: Sun

Redknapp also claims it is only a matter of time before Manchester City's spending bags them the Premier League crown and that, if he could bring in four players of his choice, he would win the league.
Full story: Daily Express

The Football Association has told England boss Fabio Capello he needs to run any outside business deals by them following the furore over the Capello Index.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists the club will play the waiting game rather than pay over the odds in their pursuit of players, including Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli and Aston Villa midfielder James Milner.
Full story: Daily Express

AND FINALLY

Manchester United's new signing Javier Hernandez, who scored twice playing up front for Mexico at the World Cup, will have the name Chicharito - which means little pea - adorn his shirt next season.
Full story: Sun



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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
22 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
21 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
21 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
20 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
20 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
19 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
19 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2010
24 Jul 10 |  Football


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