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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip


1651: The speculation over whether Manchester United will beat Barcelona to the signature of German midfielder Mesut Ozil was sent into overdrive when United's official website accidentally published a profile of the Werder Bremen man in the club's first team section.
Full story: Metro

1230 BST: Arsenal are ready to spend up to £18m on Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to end their pre-season goalkeeping doubts.
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1140 BST: Fulham deny goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has handed in a transfer request. "Mark is under contract with us until the summer of 2011 and the manager has underlined his commitment to keep hold of his best players," said a club statement. (Press Association)

1010 BST: West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo is still hopeful of signing Liverpool's French striker David Ngog. "He is a player we've been linked with and we are working on that one," said the Italian. (Press Association)

0855 BST: Everton boss David Moyes says he has no interest in the Aston Villa managerial vacancy. "I'm happy at Everton and that's where I am this season," said the Scot.
Full story: Talksport


Tottenham are looking to sign former Arsenal defender William Gallas. The 33-year-old France international is a free agent after being released by the Gunners at the end of last season.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

However, Gallas's demand for a two-year deal could scupper any attempt to join the White Hart Lane outfit.
Full story: Daily Mail

Spurs have opened talks with Aston Villa's Ashley Young over a potential £20m move that would see £11m-rated Robbie Keane move in the opposite direction. Full story:

Fulham's new manager Mark Hughes will make Algeria defender Rafik Halliche his first signing. The 23-year-old Benfica centre-back, who played for his country against England at the World Cup, will arrive in a £1.8m deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

But Hughes faces a struggle to hold on to goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who has handed in a transfer request after being linked with a move to Arsenal.
Full story: the Sun

West Ham are closing in on Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou, 29, who is the brother of former Liverpool striker Bruno.
Full story: Daily Mirror

And Hammers midfielder Scott Parker is to end speculation about a possible move to Tottenham or Liverpool by signing a new four-year deal this week.
Full story: the Sun

Former West Brom midfielder Robert Koren will reject Premier League newcomers Blackpool for Championship side Hull City. The 29-year-old Slovenia captain, who is a free agent, may be given a three-year deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will demand to leave the club if he does not get the number one shirt this season, with Chelsea thought to be interested.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke and Italian side Brescia are both interested in West Ham midfielder Radoslav Kovac.
Full story: Daily Star

Celtic will not move to re-sign Manchester City's Craig Bellamy on loan unless the Welsh striker is willing to take a huge pay cut. Bellamy had a spell on loan at the Scottish club in 2005.
Full story: Daily Record


Aston Villa board member General Charles C Krulak, a friend of chairman Randy Lerner, has hit out at former manager Martin O'Neill for thinking he was bigger than the club. O'Neill made a shock exit from Villa Park on Monday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is on a collision course with chairman Karl Oyston over the club's cautious approach to finances. The Bloomfield Road outfit has a rigid wage structure and moves for strikers Rob Hulse, Jon Stead and Marlon Harewood have been rejected.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard says it will take "years" for England to sort out the mess after their World Cup failure but it would make no sense to get rid of coach Fabio Capello.
Full story: the Guardian

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy says he is "probably more unwanted than I've ever been" and is seriously questioning his future in football.
Full story: the Sun


Fulham striker Bobby Zamora, who could make his England debut against Hungary on Wednesday, considered playing for Trinidad and Tobago because at one point it was his "only option" of getting international football. The 29-year-old qualifies for the Caribbean team because of his father's nationality.
Full story: Daily Mirror

An addiction to computer games is affecting the performance of some Premier League players, says a sports psychologist who has treated stars from several big clubs.
Full story: Daily Star

England rugby union international Danny Cipriani has been told he has the potential to make it as a professional footballer by Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood. Cipriani played for Spurs reserves in July and is training with QPR before going to play rugby in Australia for two years.
Full story: Daily Mail

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

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