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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

1210 BST: Yahya Kirdi, who represents a group of investors from the Middle East and Canada, says his group is in advanced negotiations with Liverpool owners Thomas Hicks and George Gillett to purchase 100% of the club.

Manchester City are ready to snap up £34m-rated Barcelona midfielder Gai Assulin for nothing after the Israeli teenager cancelled his contract with the Catalan club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are poised to bid for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra. His arrival could result in Tom Cleverley being sent on loan to Bolton.
Full story: Daily Mirror


United could also offer midfielder Anderson and about £12m to land Werder Bremen's Germany World Cup star Mesut Ozil.
Full story:

Liverpool have opened talks with Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen, paving the way for Javier Mascherano to leave Anfield.
Full story: the Sun

Poulsen's agent - Joern Bonnesen - has denied any kind of agreement has been made between the Danish midfielder and Liverpool.
Full story:

Birmingham have lined up an ambitious bid to land Italian World Cup-winning left-back Fabio Grosso on a season-long loan deal from Juventus.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham have opened talks over the £4m signing of Portugal striker Yannick Djalo from Sporting Lisbon but Newcastle are also reported to be interested.
Full story: Daily Mirror

James Milner hopes his proposed move from Aston Villa to Manchester City will finally be approved by this weekend with fellow midfielder Stephen Ireland set to move in the opposite direction.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sources in Barcelona say the family of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas are upset at the Catalan outfit's failure to sign the midfielder.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fabregas is set to have talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday to discuss his future.
Full story: the Sun

Barcelona's world player of the year Lionel Messi says he is confident Fabregas will join him at the Nou Camp before the current transfer window closes.
Full story: Daily Express

Defender Per Mertesacker, who has been linked to Arsenal, is staying at Werder Bremen, according to the Bundesliga outfit's general manager Klaus Allofs.
Full story: imscouting

Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair is set to reject interest from Ipswich and Swansea to join Premier League new boys Blackpool.
Full story: the Sun

Birmingham are hoping to sign Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf on loan.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham look set to let Morocco international midfielder Adel Taarabt leave White Hart Lane for QPR in a deal that could be worth up to £1m.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham have been offered Cagliari keeper Federico Marchetti if current number one Robert Green leaves for Fulham. (the Times)

But new Fulham manager Mark Hughes has wrecked keeper Mark Schwarzer's dream move to Arsenal by telling the Australian he is staying at Craven Cottage.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Leeds United boss Simon Grayson is set to sign Tottenham's young England centre-back Steven Caulker on a season-long loan deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic winger Aiden McGeady's proposed £9.5m move to Spartak Moscow could now be back on.
Full story: the Guardian


Indian tycoon Ahasan Ali Syed is interested in buying Blackburn Rovers and is prepared to invest £300m into the club.
Full story: Guardian

West Ham players and coaching staff have been hurling abuse at goalkeeper Robert Green in a bid to prepare him for the World Cup backlash expected from crowds this season following his error in the match against the United States.
Full story: the Guardian

Hull owner Russell Bartlett has denied claims the club is heading for administration because of money owed on transfers.
Full story: Daily Mail


Manchester United's Portuguese winger Nani has upstaged his team-mates by showing up to training in a limited edition Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni - costing £150,000. It is one of only 250 made in the world.
Full story: Daily Mail

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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
03 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
03 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
02 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
02 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - August 2010
01 Sep 10 |  Football

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