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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

AC Milan are 'very close' to completing a £12.5m deal for CSKA Moscow 's Japan World Cup star Keisuke Honda. Honda has been linked with Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool. (Goal, 1230 BST)
Full story: goal.com

Inter Milan have confirmed there is a "dialogue" with Manchester City about striker Mario Balotelli, and they are "waiting and considering" but have yet to take a definite decision on his future (Italian Sky Sports, 1150 BST).

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says goalkeeper Marton Fulop can leave the club, with former Black Cats boss Roy Keane, now at Ipswich, one of those who has shown interest in signing him (Press Association, 1040 BST).

Santos goalkeeper Rafael Barbosa, 20, is being tracked by three English clubs and could follow his Brazilian compatriots Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham) and Diego Cavalieri (Liverpool) to the Premier League, according to his agent Annfinn Gaard.
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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City will make a take-it-or-leave-it £24m bid to sign Aston Villa's England midfielder James Milner.
Full story: The Guardian

Milner though has been left fuming and demanding talks with manager Martin O'Neill after being accused of wanting to walk out of Villa Park.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano will seek a move from Anfield and link up with his former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United will offer central defender Nemanja Vidic a contract extension and pay rise to stop him joining Real Madrid this summer.
Full story: The Guardian

Blackburn's attempts to re-sign out-of-favour Stoke striker James Beattie have been rebuffed.
Full story: Daily Mail

Veteran defender Sol Campbell has ended speculation over his future by deciding to stay with Arsenal for another year, despite major interest from Celtic.
Full story: The Sun

West Ham have dropped their asking price for striker Carlton Cole to £12m.
Full story: Times - registration required

French champions Marseille are poised to offer £8m for Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham have invited Algeria World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi to join their pre-season training camp in Germany.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Luke Young could leave Aston Villa for Fulham after failing to attend a pre-season training camp in Ireland.
Full story: Daily Mirror

German side Schalke say they remain confident of signing veteran Real Madrid striker Raul, despite reported interest from Tottenham. (Guardian)

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan says Gary O'Neil is happy at the club but could be available if a serious offer is made, after interest from Stoke and Blackburn.
Full story: Daily Star

Celtic are close to signing Israeli international midfielder Biram Kayal from Maccabi Haifa for £1.2m (Daily Record).

Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan has been given until Friday evening to make a decision on whether to join CSKA Sofia after the Bulgarians said they had agreed a fee with the Glasgow club. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is back in the running to become Fulham's new boss after the club failed to appoint Ajax's Martin Jol.
Full story: Guardian

Alternatively, many Fulham players want Cardiff boss Dave Jones to take over at Craven Cottage.
Full story: Independent

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone says the team should be prepared to sacrifice their principles and 'win ugly' if they have to to win more games.
Full story: Daily Express

AND FINALLY

Derby players have been jumping off 40 foot cliffs into the sea as part of the pre-season team-building preparations in Dorset.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Oscar-nominated screen writer Patrick Marber, who co-created legendary comedy sports reporter Alan Partridge, is part of a fans' group which has taken control of Conference South side Lewes. (Daily Telegraph)



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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
23 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
22 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
22 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
21 Jul 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
21 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2010
24 Jul 10 |  Football


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