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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

Newspaper gossip

BREAKING GOSSIP

1345 BST: CSKA Moscow forward Keisuke Honda has issued a come-and-get-me-plea to Premier League clubs interested in signing him.
Full story: sport.co.uk

1234 BST: West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed the club have agreed terms with Lokomotiv Moscow forward Peter Odemwingie. (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Crystal Palace will attempt to lure former Ajax and Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids to Selhurst Park. The Dutchman, 37, has been without a club since 2008 but is keen to settle in London.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona have invited Manchester City to make an offer for Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has fuelled speculation that he may be preparing a bid for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell after he picked out the 19-year-old for praise.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Blues are also planning a move for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart.
Full story: Caught Offside

Chelsea are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Full story: talkSPORT

Former England manager Steve McClaren will offer midfielder Ryan Babel a way out of Liverpool after lodging a £9m bid to take the Dutchman to German side Wolfsburg.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Or Liverpool could use Babel as part of a swap deal to land FC Twente's Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz.
Full story: Caught Offside

Liverpool are to make a fresh bid for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Reds are also interested in Fulham full-back Paul Konchesky and are preparing a £3m offer for the 29-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United may bid for CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev as a long-term replacement for 39-year-old Edwin Van der Sar.
Full story: Caught Offside

Everton are close to sealing a £4m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Marat Izmailov.
Full story: Daily Mail

Ajax financial director Jeroen Slop has admitted that the club may have to sell stars such as striker Luis Suarez, centre-back Jan Vertonghen and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to balance the books. All three have been linked with moves to the Premier League.
Full story: sport.co.uk

Inter Milan are considering a move for Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos.
Full story: imscouting

Fulham manager Mark Hughes has turned his attentions to Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen after his attempts to land Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy were foiled by Cardiff. Gudjohnsen, who made his name with Bolton and Chelsea, spent the second half of last season on loan at Tottenham.
Full story: talkSPORT

Middlesbrough striker Mido has wrecked a possible loan move to Turkish side Kayserispor after he made an unannounced visit to inspect their training facilities.
Full story: Daily Mail

Marseille are in line to sign Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia, who has been told he can quit the Latics.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Brom are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell and are also keen on Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa have made an approach for Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok's 22-year-old winger Kamil Grosicki.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland centre-back Anton Ferdinand is set for a loan switch to Fiorentina after a deal to join Palermo fell through.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are likely to make an offer on Wednesday for French striker Loic Remy, with Marseille also chasing the 23-year-old.
Full story: imscouting

Spurs are battling it out with West Ham for the signing of Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham manager Avram Grant is set to raid old club Portsmouth for utility player Marc Wilson.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool are hoping to sign Everton striker James Vaughan on loan - with a view to a permanent switch.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is on the verge of a switch to Italian side AC Milan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle are facing competition from AC Milan for Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are also interested in 23-year-old Ben Arfa, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger set to make a £12m move for the 23-year-old.
Full story: Caught Offside

And Werder Bremen are another club who are keen on Ben Arfa and have offered Marseille £6.5m for the Frenchman. (the Times)

Notts County striker Luke Rodgers is on the verge of sealing a move to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls in the United States.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke are eyeing a move for Frenchman Sekou Baradji, who has also been linked with West Ham.
Full story: talkSPORT

West Brom are set to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie for £2.5m.
Full story: the Sun

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is lining up a move for Ipswich forward Jon Walters.
Full story: Daily Star

Dundee United have told striker Francisco Sandaza, winger Danny Cadamarteri and midfielder Jeno Myrie-Williams they can leave the club. (Daily Record)

Arsenal are in talks to sell 20-year-old defender Armand Traore to Benfica. (the Times)

Inter Milan have not given up in their pursuit of Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt.
Full story: InsideFutbol

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Netherlands star Ronald Koeman claims to be on Aston Villa's shortlist to replace Martin O'Neill, who resigned as manager earlier this month.
Full story: imscouting.com

Manchester City will still pay striker Craig Bellamy £2.5m in wages this season, despite sending him on loan to Cardiff for the whole campaign.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists the door is not closed on Bellamy's career at Eastlands.
Full story: the Sun

Cardiff were threatened with the bailiffs on the same day they landed Bellamy.
Full story: the Sun

Motherwell have threatened to put Cardiff out of business unless they pay the Scottish club the £175,000 they are owed from the sale of Paul Quinn. (Daily Record)

Arsenal are to invite fans to buy shares in the club and play a role in its governance. Supporters will be invited to pay a minimum of £100 for one 'fanshare'.
Full story: the Guardian

AND FINALLY

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he had never seen new striker Bebe play before the £7.4m recruit arrived at the club's Carrington training ground.
Full story: Daily Mail



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


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