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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1345 BST: Chelsea have confirmed that boss Carlo Ancelotti will be handed more transfer funds if the Italian coach asks for them. Chief executive Ron Gourlay has also insisted striker Didier Drogba definitely not be leaving the club .(AP)

1310: France coach Laurent Blanc says he will quit before the end of his contract if he fails to secure qualification for the 2012 European Championships. (AP)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Benfica have slapped a £33m price tag on Brazilian central defender David Luiz, who is wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Mail

And it is City who are believed to be leading Real Madrid in the bidding war for Luiz.
Full story: imscouting.com

Meanwhile, the Eastlands club will end their pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder James Milner and concentrate on offloading Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland and Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: Daily Star

City are ready to sell Santa Cruz to Marseille for less than half of the £18m they bought him for.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Or the French side will try to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.
Full story: imscouting.com

Striker Jo could also be on his way out of Eastlands, with Blackburn eager to snap up the City striker.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea and Manchester United look set to miss out on Sami Khedira, with the Stuttgart midfielder on the verge of a Real Madrid move.
Full story: imscouting.com

Former Real Madrid striker Raul will disappoint Tottenham and Newcastle by joining German side Schalke 04.
Full story: imscouting.com

Maxi Rodriguez is ready to join the exodus from Liverpool, with his old club Espanyol keen to take the winger back to Spain in a bargain deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Luke Young's exit from Aston Villa is a step nearer after the defender was omitted from the club's latest touring squad, putting Liverpool on alert.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Ex-Portsmouth keeper David James is to meet Celtic this weekend to discuss a move to the Scottish giants, with Fulham also interested in the England player.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is ready to snap up Dutch right-back Ronnie Stam in a £2m deal from champions Twente Enschede.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool are losing their fight to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan - but boss Ian Holloway will make Maccabi Haifa defender Dekel Keinan his first summer signing.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, who was on loan at Tottenham last year, is a target for Birmingham and Fulham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will turn his attentions to German international central defender Per Mertesacker after being beaten to Sol Campbell's signature by Newcastle. The Gunners are confident a £10m offer can persuade Werder Bremen to part with the 25-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Bromwich Albion have had a £3m bid for midfielder Cheick Tiote rejected by the Ivorian international's Dutch club FC Twente.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are poised to move for Italy's first-choice goalkeeper Federico Marchetti after Cagliari put the 27-year-old up for sale.
Full story: The Sun

Several Premier League sides are tracking New York Red Bulls striker Macoumba Kandji after he played impressively against Tottenham and Manchester City in pre-season friendlies. (Daily Star)

Queens Park Rangers are set to make a bid for Reading winger Jobi McAnuff, with the Royals hoping to get £1.45m for the 28-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Leeds striker Luciano Becchio could be on his way out of Elland Road after the Championship club opted not to offer the Argentine an extension to his deal, which runs out next summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Derby boss Nigel Clough is ready to battle Bristol City and Burnley to sign Wigan striker Jason Scotland on loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is set to sign French right-back Jean Calve from French side Nancy.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Italian Roberto Donadoni has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant Fulham manager's post.
Full story: Daily Star

Sam Allardyce wants to end his managerial reign at Blackburn in two years' time and finish his career in charge of a national team.
Full story: Daily Star

West Ham have offered midfielder Scott Parker a new contract worth £20m over five years in a bid to keep their prize asset at the club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Kanu's agent is claiming Portsmouth want to give the veteran Nigerian forward a deal for another three years.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

In a list of unusual baby names over the last 10 years, Rooney is the 13th most popular, with parents choosing to pay tribute to Manchester United striker Wayne.
Full story: Daily Star



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


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