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Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1507 BST Former Argentina boss Diego Maradona has targeted a return to management with Aston Villa.
Full story: Sunday Mercury

1117 BST: Newcastle target Hatem Ben Arfa claims he will not play again for current employers Marseille as he bids to force through a move. (French newspaper L'Equipe)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is preparing a £10m raid on his old club Chelsea for striker Didier Drogba.
Full story: Sunday People

Manchester United will move for Porto midfielder Raul Meireles if they fail to land Werder Bremen's Mesut Ozil.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Marseille are considering an offer for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov and are also keen on Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Full story: imscouting

United are battling it out with Arsenal to sign Paris St Germain's 20-year-old French defender Mamadou Sakho, who is valued at £12m.
Full story: caughtoffside

Barcelona have moved ahead of Inter Milan in the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano by offering £15m plus winger Alexander Hleb.
Full story: Sunday People

Or, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has reportedly ruled out the signing of Argentinean Mascherano.
Full story: imscouting.com

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner could be about to sanction a £20m move for Tottenham's midfielder David Bentley and striker Robbie Keane.
Full story: caughtoffside

West Ham striker Carlton Cole is a target for new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Liverpool are also keen on Cole's Hammers team-mate, utility player Valon Behrami as well as Tottenham striker Giovani dos Santos.
Full story: caughtoffside

Brazil legend Pele has urged teenage striker Neymar to stay with Santos and reject a move to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer is on the verge of completing his 'dream' move to Arsenal.
Full story: News of the World

Tottenham have placed a 'staggering' £10m price tag on midfielder Jermaine Jenas as Spurs look to fund a move for Hammers star Scott Parker.
Full story: News of the World

Spurs could increase their initial £7m offer for Parker to £12m with boss Harry Redknapp keen to land the 29-year-old.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Tottenham are set to launch a £10.6m bid for Nice striker Loic Remy on Monday.
Full story: imscouting

Sunderland are considering a move for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora with boss Steve Bruce also keen on Tottenham's Peter Crouch and Manchester City's Craig Bellamy.
Full story: News of the World

Bruce is also keen on Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia who recently demanded a transfer and stormed out of a training session.
Full story: News of the World

Sunderland could pay up to £10m for Frenchman N'Zogbia.
Full story: Sunday People

Brazilian forward Robinho is set to be offered one last chance to prove himself at Manchester City.
Full story: News of the World

Or, Manchester City are set to sell Robinho to Turkish side Fenerbahce for just under half of the £32.5m they paid Real Madrid for him two summers ago. (Sunday Times)

Arsenal are weighing up a £9m move for Blackburn Rovers teenage centre back Phil Jones.
Full story: caughtoffside

Manchester City will complete their summer spending with the £25m signing of Bordeaux's France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.
Full story: caughtoffisde

Midfielder Jimmy Bullard says he wants to stay at Hull despite the club wanting to send him out on loan.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Bolton and Middlesbrough are locked in a £2m battle to sign Sunderland centre-back Matt Killgallon.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Fulham boss Mark Hughes wants to hijack Birmingham City's move for Olympiakos striker Matt Derbyshire.
Full story: Sunday People

Hughes is also close to sealing the signing of former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Full story: Sunday People

Blackpool are keen to sign veteran Birmingham striker Marcus Bent on loan.
Full story: Sunday People

Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund, with Sunderland leading the chase for his signature.
Full story: insidefutbol

Rangers manager Walter Smith is to step up his interest in Dundee United striker David Goodwillie. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic are being linked with Manchester City's Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss as a replacement for Aiden McGeady. (Mail on Sunday)

Rapid Vienna striker Nikica Jelavic's £4m move to Rangers is back on and could be completed as early as next week. (News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says that Fabio Capello's eventual replacement as England manager should be English.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Capello is being lined up by Manchester City's Arab owners to take over from manager Roberto Mancini, if the club does not get off to a good start to the new season.
Full story: News of the World

And Capello's future as England manager is in doubt following his clumsy ending of midfielder David Beckham's international career with the Football Association said to be furious at the way the Italian announced the decision in a TV interview.
Full story: News of the World

Capello may scrap plans to recruit another English coach to his backroom staff - because nobody wants the job.
Full story: Sunday People

Meanwhile, Everton defender Phil Jagielka will never rule himself out of England contention because it would upset his parents.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Robinho, Craig Bellamy, Jo, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Roque Santa Cruz and Felipe Caicedo will ask for a similar £2m pay-off as Stephen Ireland before they agree to leave Manchester City.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Aston Villa want Ajax boss Martin Jol as a possible replacement for Martin O'Neill.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

But Jol will deal Villa a blow by ruling himself out of the running to replace recently departed manager O'Neill.
Full story: Sunday Express

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has hit out at "big, bad" Manchester City over their pursuit of midfielder James Milner. "We said, 'No, he is not for sale', and under the rules you have to respect that. Manchester City respected that for two whole days. And then they violated the rules and came in for him again," said the American.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

A Russian banking tycoon is behind a £75m takeover bid for Rangers. (News of the World)

AND FINALLY

Former World and European player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has just gained his 10 millionth fan on social networking site Facebook. But the Real Madrid star still lags well behind American pop star Lady Gaga who has 15 million. (Mail on Sunday)

From one social networking site to another. Barcelona's current World and European player of the year Lionel Messi is fan of Aston Villa winger Ashley Young. The Barcelona forward called Young's performance against West Ham on Saturday "a blinder" on his official Twitter page.
Full story: Sunday People

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has admitted that he regrets his decision not to come out of international retirement and play for England at this summer's World Cup.
Full story: Sunday Express



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see also
Sunday's Scottish gossip
15 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
14 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
14 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
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Friday's Scottish gossip
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