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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1720 BST: Liverpool have a £2m bid for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones rejected by the Championship club.
Full story: Sky Sports

1501 BST: Manchester City striker Robinho wants to extend his stay at Santos after helping the club to win the Brazilian Cup on what was the final game of his six-month loan deal.
Full story: Daily Mail 1421 BST: Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp will enter into negotiations with former Arsenal star Alexander Hleb in the coming days. Liverpool are also keen on the Barcelona midfielder.
Full story: sport.co.uk

1420 BST: Juventus winger Sebastian Giovinco has his heart set on a move to Arsenal with La Vecchia Signora looking to offload the talented attacking midfielder this summer.
Full story: sport.co.uk

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Mario Balotelli's move to Manchester City is off because the Inter Milan striker has demanded £180,000-a-week in wages.
Full story: Daily Star

City are already making preparations should the Balotelli deal fall through, with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan an alternative, according to Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo.
Full story: imscouting.com

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is close to making Juventus' Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen his first big-money transfer capture of the summer. His arrival will pave the way for midfielder Javier Mascherano to leave the club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini - currently with AC Milan - is also on Liverpool's list of possible replacements for Mascherano.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsene Wenger is preparing a move for Everton playmaker Mikel Arteta in case he fails to prevent Cesc Fabregas from moving back to Barcelona in the summer.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a significant offer to bring Manchester City reserve keeper Joe Hart to the Emirates.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Alternatively, Wenger is lining up a bid for Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.
Full story: footylatest.com

Montpellier president Loulou Nicollin has slapped a 28m euro (£23m) price-tag on Bosnian defender Emir Spahic amidst reported interest from Arsenal.
Full story: imscouting.com

Stoke boss Tony Pulis hopes to beat both Liverpool and West Ham to the signing of Nice striker Loic Remy for £10m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Pulis has also lined up a £4m bid for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Full story: The Sun

West Ham boss Avram Grant is considering lining up a move for Hapoel Tel Aviv playmaker Gil Vermuth.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

The Hammers have revived their loan bid for Ajax striker Miralem Sulejmani and hope to conclude a deal within days.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid will test Chelsea's resolve to keep Ashley Cole by bidding for the left-back in the next two weeks.
Full story: footylatest.com

Zenit St Petersburg are considering a £21m bid to take Chelsea defender Yury Zhirkov back to Russia.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has targeted Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dario Srna to complete his summer spending.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United will move for Hamburg's German attacking midfielder Piotr Trochowski if they fail to lure his international team-mate Mesut Ozil to Old Trafford from Werder Bremen.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is lining up a shock move for Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AZ Alkmaar's Belgian striker Moussa Dembele has admitted that Birmingham are keen to sign him.
Full story: The Sun

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is set to make a £1.5m move for Stoke striker James Beattie.
Full story: The Sun

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is making an ambitious move to take striker Craig Bellamy to Glasgow for the second time in a loan raid on Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

New Fulham boss Mark Hughes is willing to sanction the signing of defender Luke Young from Aston Villa but has snubbed the chance to sign his team-mate, midfielder Steve Sidwell.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Daniel Cousin is set to join the Hull exodus by completing a permanent move to Greek side Larissa. Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder John Bostock is poised to agree a 12-month loan deal with the Tigers.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bristol City have been told by Manchester United they can have Michael Owen on loan after an approach for Danny Welbeck is rebuffed.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham are poised to complete the £5m signing of highly rated New Zealand World Cup star Winston Reid. The 22-year-old defender is the mystery signing the Hammers have promised fans on their website.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will decide where to send midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan by the end of the week - with Sunderland confident of beating Bolton to the chase.
Full story: talkSPORT

Alternatively, Cleverley will spend the season on loan at Wigan after Latics manager Roberto Martinez won the race for his signature.
Full story: Daily Mail

Malaga have approached Liverpool in a bid to lure under-19 international striker Dani Pacheco back to La Liga.
Full story: ClickLiverpool

OTHER GOSSIP

Goalkeeper David James will be the first casualty of England's World Cup debacle when coach Fabio Capello leaves him out of next week's friendly with Hungary.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is in line for a surprise call-up to Capello's England squad for the friendly with Hungary.
Full story: The Sun

The Premier League has rejected Capello's request for a winter break in the season to assist the national squad. Capello blamed extreme tiredness for the failure of so many of his top players to perform in the World Cup in South Africa.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will today tell Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas to end his summer flirtation with Barcelona and commit his future to the north London club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott is convinced that team-mate Fabregas will remain at the Emirates for the coming season.
Full story: The Sun

Manager Roy Hodgson is relieved Fernando Torres has pledged his future to Liverpool but admitted the club would not be able to turn down a massive bid for the Spain striker.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted some of his Chelsea players will not be fit for the start of the season on 14 August. "The 10 players that only came back to us on July 26 need to have another two weeks of work," said Ancelotti. "After just eight days of training it is impossible to be fit."
Full story: The Sun

AND FINALLY

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is ready to have a City tattoo done if he can steer the club to the title this season. Mancini already has a Sampdoria tattoo to commemorate winning Serie A with the Italian club. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has grown a moustache in an attempt to help build team spirit at St James Park for the coming season.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Thursdays' Scottish gossip
05 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
04 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
04 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
03 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
03 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - August 2010
01 Sep 10 |  Football


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