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Monday's gossip column - transfer and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1245 BST: Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli's agent denies rumours that the teenage star has signed for Manchester City. Mino Raiola said: "Nothing has been signed and I doubt anything will be in the next few days." (AFP)

1015 BST: Inter's 19-year-old striker Balotelli could be on his way to Eastlands in a £24m deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

0820 BST: Former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba, currently at Danish side Odense, has emerged as a target for Premier League newcomers West Brom. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

England midfielder James Milner, who is being courted by Manchester City, will hold talks with Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill on Monday over his future.
Full story: the Guardian

Villa boss O'Neill fears he may also lose £30m-rated winger Ashley Young, who could be a target for Tottenham this summer. (The Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is set to reveal that Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is at the top of his wish list of new signings. (The Sun)

However, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has reassured fans by insisting that Cole will not be swapping Stamford Bridge for Spain this season. (The Daily Telegraph)

Midfielder Stephen Ireland is on his way out of Manchester City after a bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini on the club's trip to New York.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Mancini has not given up hope of signing £50m-rated Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, fellow Liverpool striker David Ngog is putting off potential suitors with his £2m-a-year wages.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has closed the door on any prospective move by Turkish club Galatasaray for Australian midfielder Brett Emerton.
Full story: Daily Mail

Meanwhile, Allardyce is ready to hold talks with 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder Henrique Haygnner Celestine, who currently plays for Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal. (The Daily Mirror)

Blackpool and Sunderland are competing to sign Manchester United's teenage striker Danny Welbeck on a loan deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle hope to sign Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa on loan.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp intends to name Robbie Keane in his 25-man Premier League squad, despite persistent speculation that the Republic of Ireland striker will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Spanish side Hercules have made a move for Sunderland keeper Marton Fulop, while Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is running the rule over Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo. (The Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Jimmy Bullard is being left out of all of Hull's pre-season matches because the club, who want to offload him, do not want the midfielder to pick up an injury.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United winger Nani has been playing with a permanent toe problem that he picked up when he was playing barefoot on the streets in Portugal as a 14-year-old. (The Sun)

Everton's veteran defender Sylvain Distan has urged the Toffees to fend off bids for Phil Jagielka as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks set to up his efforts to land the defender with a £16m bid. (The Daily Star)

Bolton's new forward Robbie Blake has his fingers crossed that manager Owen Coyle can land striker David Nugent from Portsmouth and believed his arrival would boost the Trotters front line. (Various)

Birmingham City have not given up on Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne and are preparing a fourth bid for the 19-year-old, which is thought to be in the region of £2.5m. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was hoping to duet with Sir Paul McCartney when the former Beatle played in Kansas City. "A few of us are going tonight. I'm singing with him," joked Fergie, whose team are staying in the same hotel as McCartney. (The Daily Mail)



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


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