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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1514 BST: Diego Maradona will not be staying on as manager of Argentina after holding talks with the Argentina Football Association on Monday, according to reports in South America.

Maradona was adamant he would only sign a new contract if his backroom staff remained intact, but the reports say the AFA president Julio Grondona was unwilling to accept this.

1505 BST: Liverpool's Argentine winger Maxi Rodriguez is on the verge of returning to Spanish side Espanyol, according to sports papers Mundo Deportivo and Sport. Rodriguez, who moved to the Reds in the January transfer window, signing a three-and-a-half year dear, previously played for Espanyol from 2002-2005.

1244 BST: Real Madrid's Netherlands international Royston Drenthe is not on his way to Liverpool, despite reports - citing a supposed Facebook page for the player - suggesting a deal had been done. "I will soon be joining Liverpool FC. I hope I will have a good season," read the page.

However, his agent told BBC Sport: "Royston does not have a Facebook page, a Twitter page or a MySpace page. We will be taking legal action against the person who set up this false Royston Drenthe account.

"Royston is definitely staying at Real Madrid. He is happy there, he has spoken to the club directors and is looking forward to the new season at the Bernabeu."

0925 BST: Ajax's £30m-rated striker Luis Suarez is one of three names on Tottenham's summer shopping list. Boss Harry Redknapp also want Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy before the start of the new season.
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Midfielder Javier Mascherano has been told he can leave Liverpool, having held talks with the club's hierarchy.
Full story: ESPN Soccernet

And Inter Milan are thought to be lining up a £25m bid for the Argentine international.
Full story: Daily Mail

Inter striker Mario Balotelli has rejected a bigger pay packet at Manchester United to join former boss Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Italy international Balotelli's £25m arrival at Eastlands will spark a transfer merry-go-round, with Emmanuel Adebayor joining Juventus on loan and Mascherano, Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt and Uruguay and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan moving to Inter Milan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Manchester City are offering England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips as part of a deal to sign James Milner from Aston Villa.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Premier League are keeping close tabs on Chelsea's £20m pursuit of Benfica's Brazilian midfielder Ramires, who is involved in a third-party ownership deal with agent Kia Joorabchian.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will step up his pursuit for Mexico international Carlos Salcido. Dutch club PSV Eindhoven are likely to demand about £3m for the defender.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham want to sign West Ham's Scott Parker but have been put off by a £15m price tag for the England midfielder.
Full story: The Mirror

Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Belgium international Steven Defour, with the club weighing up a £13m bid for the Standard Liege midfielder.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is wanted by his first club Osasuna, a transfer that could rekindle the Gunners' move for Fulham's Mark Schwarzer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Ajax manager Martin Jol wants to sign Middlesbrough striker Mido.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham, Sunderland and Bolton are chasing Portsmouth striker John Utaka. The Nigeria international is also interesting German clubs Cologne and Bayer Leverkusen.
Full story: Daily Star

Hull striker Kamel Ghilas is a loan target for French side Arles-Avignon.
Full story: Daily Mail

Roma are stepping up their efforts to sign midfielder Valon Behrami from West Ham and could offer goalkeeper Doni or striker Stefano Okaka in exchange.
Full story: Daily Mail


Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he regrets not coming out of international retirement to play for England at the World Cup in South Africa.
Full story: Daily Mail

Scholes said he had only two hours to consider whether to join England boss Fabio Capello's squad in South Africa.
Full story: the Sun

Injured Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has five weeks to save his career before new Premier League rules consign him to the sidelines.
Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United have similar worries over Owen Hargreaves and Anderson as the Premier League introduces new regulations that state clubs must name a 25-man squad by 31 August.
Full story: Daily Express

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said England's build-up to the World Cup was disrupted by too much travelling and being overworked in training sessions.
Full story: Daily Telegraph


X Factor favourites and Manchester United fans Jedward have offered Wayne Rooney a cameo appearance in an upcoming documentary and the England striker says the Irish twins can use his box at Old Trafford after they bumped into each other in a London hotel.
Full story: the Sun

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see also
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Monday's gossip column
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