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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

2228: Argentinean pair Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti have signed contract extensions with European champions Inter Milan.

Club captain Zanetti, 36, added two years to his contract which was due to run out at the end of the coming season meaning he will be 39 by the time it comes to an end.

1504: Marseille's attacking midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is closing in on a move to Newcastle United with a one-year loan deal agreed for the French 23-year-old. (Agence France-Presse)

1422: Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says Ryan Shawcross will win his England place back. The defender, called up to the national squad last season, was not selected by Fabio Capello for Wednesday's friendly against Hungary. Pulis said: "Ryan had a couple of injuries at the end of last season which pushed him back. But he will play for England and could one day captain England." (Press Association)

1057: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Ipswich are one of several clubs interested in striker Jason Scotland. Full story: Wigan Evening Post

1047: Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci would quit the Bundesliga club if Arsenal's Arsene Wenger made an offer.
Full story: sport.co.uk

1004: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has indicated that he may allow midfielder or defender Chris Basham to leave the club if the price is right after the club rejected a bid from Blackpool last week. (Bolton News)

0947 BST: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is optimistic of winning the battle to sign AK Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele in a £5m deal. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will try to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given after being warned off his team-mate Joe Hart.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keeping tabs on Steven Pienaar's situation at Everton and is preparing an offer for the midfielder, who has yet to be offered a new contract by the Toffees.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United are planning a last-gasp bid to snatch Aston Villa midfielder James Milner from underneath the noses of their neighbours Manchester City.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

The Old Trafford side are also mulling over a move for Werder Bremen midfielder Mesut Ozil, who could be available for a cut-price £13.5m because he is in the last year of his contract.
Full story: the Guardian

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is ready to offload striker Peter Crouch, with Lyon frontman Loic Remy issuing a come-and-get-me plea to Spurs.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona midfielder Xavi insists Cesc Fabregas's stay at Arsenal could only be temporary. The Gunners captain, subject to speculation regarding a move to the Nou Camp, revealed last week he would remain at the Emirates. Xavi said: "We've given up on the idea of him arriving now but maybe he'll come in January when Arsenal are out of the Premier League race. They can't just hold him against his will."
Full story: IM Scouting

Queens Park Rangers are the latest club to be linked with striker Marlon King, currently looking for employment after serving nine months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in a London bar.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is targeting former Arsenal midfield star Alexander Hleb, who has been told he has not got a future at Barcelona.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Blackburn are trying to tie up a deal for Fenerbahce's £5m-rated Spain striker Dani Guiza.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is considering a move for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

OTHER GOSSIP

The build-up to England's midweek friendly against Hungary has an element of farce to it. Paul Robinson and Wes Brown retired from internationals after being named in the squad, 'injured' Michael Carrick played for Manchester United in the Community Shield match against Chelsea and Ashley Cole inadvertently snubbed the offer of a handshake from England boss Fabio Capello after that game at Wembley.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sir Alex Ferguson has apologised for Carrick's appearance in the Community Shield two days after declaring the Manchester United midfielder was injured. The United manager said: "The minute he said he wanted to play we had to play him, simply because he needs game time." England manager Capello, who left Carrick out of England's squad to face Hungary, appeared to ask the player after United's Shield win over Chelsea why he had not telephoned him.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

So why is Manchester United's Javier Hernandez known as 'little pea'? The father of Mexico's young striker was known as 'el chicharo' (the pea) for his green eyes.
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Monday's Scottish gossip
09 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
08 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
08 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
07 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
07 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - August 2010
01 Sep 10 |  Football


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