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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1545: Republic of Ireland and Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given is in talks with Arsenal about a possible move to the Emirates Stadium.
Full story: Sport.co.uk

1430: Real Madrid have been told to increase their offer for Werder Bremen and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil to 16m Euros.
Full story: AS.com (in Spanish)

1305: Manchester City are willing to offload striker Roque Santa Cruz to West Ham, who have offered £8.5m for the Paraguay international.
Full story: Goal.com

1055: Manchester City are considering a 25m Euro bid for Bordeaux's France international midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.
Full story: IM Scouting.com

0815: Marseille are lining up Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko after the French club's bid for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano failed.
Full story: Inside Futbol.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is lining up a move to become Aston Villa's next manager following Martin O'Neill's departure.
Full story: Daily Mail

Maradona's European spokesman Walter Soriano said the 1986 World Cup winner "loves the English countryside" and if Villa owner Randy Lerner made a serious offer the American would "get a positive response".
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea are considering a renewed bid for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and will offer about £4.5m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy could sign for Championship club Cardiff in a bid to end his Eastlands misery after he was given permission to train with his home-town club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wales international Bellamy has been told he is no longer welcome at City's training ground.
Full story: the Guardian

However, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp remains hopeful of persuading Bellamy to move to White Hart Lane.
Full story: Daily Mirror

But Redknapp has been warned to stay away from Scott Parker, who has been offered a new five-year contract by West Ham. Hammers chairman David Sullivan said he would report the north London club if they continue their pursuit of the midfielder.
Full story: Daily Mail

Schalke are hoping the presence of Raul will help persuade Manchester City striker Robinho to join his former Real Madrid strike partner at the German club.
Full story: Inside Futbol.com

Newcastle are ready to thwart Fulham's bid for Algerian defender Rafik Halliche, although the 23-year-old is due at Craven Cottage for a medical ahead of a £1.3m move from Benfica.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle target Hatem Ben Arfa has accused Marseille of treating him like a "slave" after refusing to allow the France international midfielder to join the Magpies on loan. (the Times)

Blackburn are giving a trial to 26-year-old Colombian striker Edixon Perea Valencia, who is a free agent after his contract ran out at Brazilian club Gremio.
Full story: Daily Mail

Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is also keen on Toulouse striker Xavier Pentegote, although he suffered a knee injury at the weekend.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Birmingham are close to bringing Matt Derbyshire back to English football on loan from Greek club Olympiakos.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are weighing up a £5m move for PSV Eindhoven's Sweden forward Ola Toivonen.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic looks set to join Italian club Bologna on loan.
Full story: IM Scouting.com

OTHER GOSSIP

Wigan will hit Charles N'Zogbia with a maximum £70,000 fine after he stormed out of training on Friday and missed Saturday's opening day defeat by Blackpool.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Frenchman N'Zogbia has since gone on strike, a decision that is likely to speed up his exit from the DW Stadium. Birmingham have tabled an £8m bid for the winger, although Wigan are holding out for more.
Full story: the Sun

Michael Owen says he has become a different style of striker since joining Manchester United and still believes he has "four or five years at the top".
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has been defended by manager Roy Hodgson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after being sent off on his league debut for the Merseysiders against the Gunners.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sheffield United are ready to offer former Wales midfielder Gary Speed his first job in management after the shock sacking of Kevin Blackwell.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

England World Cup goalkeeper David James has admitted he watched Come Dine With Me on television rather than his national side's friendly against Hungary last Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Sunday's gossip column
15 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
15 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
14 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
14 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - August 2010
01 Sep 10 |  Football


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