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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1651: Despite reports suggesting he is on the verge of signing a new deal, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has actually already signed a four year-contract extension which will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until he is 65 - the deal will be announced later this week.
Full story: Sport.co.uk

1553 BST: The US Soccer Federation has denied reports that manager Bob Bradley is quitting to join Aston Villa and stated its intention to continue talks with the coach, whose contract expires in December. (Reuters)

1218 BST: Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who has reportedly gone on strike, has failed to attend a scheduled meeting with coach Didier Deschamps on Friday as he continues to push for a move to Newcastle. (French newspaper L'Equipe)

1045 BST: Bob Bradley has quit his job with the United States national team and is set to be named the new manager of Aston Villa.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

1014 BST: AZ Alkmaar forward Moussa Dembele has targeted a move to Fulham after turning down Birmingham. (Press Association)

0923 BST: Winger Ashley Young, who is being linking to Tottenham, will wait to discover the identity of Aston Villa's new manager before deciding on his long-term future. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City have offered Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic a four-year deal worth £96m - or roughly £500,000 a week.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester United are set to miss out on the signing of Werder Bremen's Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Full story: the Guardian

Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is close to sealing his move to Manchester City, according to the player's agent.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa midfielder James Milner is expected to complete his £26m move to Manchester City before the start of the new Premier League football season on Saturday.
Full story: Daily Express

Manchester City are beating Chelsea in the race to land Benfica's £27m-rated Brazilian defender David Luiz.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City have entered into negotiations with two unnamed clubs about a £20m-plus deal to sell forward Robinho.
Full story: the Guardian

Tottenham are to step up their £25m double swoop for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young and Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy with Spurs striker Peter Crouch set to join Sunderland.
Full story: Daily Star

Celtic are still keen on Bellamy but the Welshman would have to take a £70,000 a week pay cut to join the Scottish side.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City will not allow Craig Bellamy to join Tottenham with Fulham, Everton and Newcastle United expected to make approaches for the forward. (The Times)

West Ham are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester City's out-of-favour-striker Felipe Caicedo.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham's Scott Parker is close to signing an improved deal at the club ending speculation that he could move away from Upton Park.
Full story: The Guardian

The Hammers have handed a trial to former Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere. (The Times)

West Ham will step up their efforts to sign Nottingham Forest keeper Paul Smith after reserve Peter Kurucz was ruled out for the majority of the new season with knee ligament damage.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

Hammers boss Avram Grant is lining up a £4m bid for FC Twente star Cheik Tiote.
Full story: The Sun

Everton boss David Moyes is also weighing up a move for Ivory Coast international Tiote.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

Blackburn Rovers are back on the trail of Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp after he scored twice against France on Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Mail

Rovers are the latest Premier League club to make an offer for Arsenal's 19-year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

Blackburn are also set to make a last-gasp attempt to hijack Stoke striker James Beattie's move to Rangers.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Rovers striker Jason Roberts has priced himself out of a move to QPR after demanding £30,000 a week.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal are considering a move for Lyon's Brazil international winger Michel Bastos.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has gone on strike in an attempt to force through a loan switch to Newcastle.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham hope to pip Birmingham to the £5m signing of AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wantaway Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer has pleaded with new manager Mark Hughes to let him join Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham, Sunderland and Stoke are all keeping tabs on Charles N'Zogbia with the Wigan midfielder set to hand in transfer request.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke are tracking former Portsmouth midfielder Hassan Yebda who currently plays for Benfica.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

Sunderland are pressing ahead with an £8m bid for Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan as defender Anton Ferdinand heads for Palermo on a season-long loan.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has admitted falling out of love with life in England and is looking forward to the day he returns to Argentina.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea have been accused of "harassment" by Brazilian club Santos over their attempted signing of teenager Neymar, with Santos threatening to report the Blues to Fifa.
Full story: Daily Mirror

England goalkeeper David James's arrival at Bristol City is believed to have contributed to Steve Coppell's shock resignation as manager.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia will quit the club if he is not manager Arsene Wenger's number one choice this season.
Full story: Daily Star

Birmingham are keen to tie manager Alex McLeish to a new deal, especially with neighbours Aston Villa looking for a new manager.
Full story: The Sun

AND FINALLY

Theo Walcott has revealed that David Beckham helped him to get over the disappointment of being left out of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad with a stream of phone calls and emails.
Full story: Daily Mirrorl



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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
13 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
12 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
12 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
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Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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Tuesday's gossip column
10 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
10 Aug 10 |  Scotland
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