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Thursday's gossip column - gossip and transfers

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1135 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is hoping to secure the funds to make a move for Sampdoria's Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini, 26, with a fee of about £14m likely.
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1130 BST: Manchester City are battling with AC Milan for Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahomovic, with the Serie A side set to target City's Brazilian forward Robinho, should Ibrahimovic choose to move to Eastlands.
Full story: imscouting.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Inter Milan have made an official £20m bid for Liverpool's Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano, 26, who is also a target for Barcelona.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has accused his predecessor Rafael Benitez of reneging on a written promise that he would not try to lure players away from Anfield to his new club Inter Milan - with the Spaniard tracking the Merseyside club's Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea have revived their interest in 18-year-old Brazilian Neymar a week after the teenager signed a five-year deal with Santos.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Bayern Munich's Argentine utility player Martin Demichelis has turned down a £10m move to Chelsea, saying he wants to join Spanish side Sevilla.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City still hope to find Robinho a new club in the current transfer window, despite the Brazilian forward rejecting a move to Turkish side Fenerbache. (the Times)

Fulham are close to agreeing a £2.5m deal for Mexico defender Carlos Salcido, 30, from PSV Eindhoven - with Liverpool set to step up interest in the Cottagers' left-back Paul Konchesky.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants to bring Manchester United's England Under-21 midfielder Tom Cleverley to the Reebok.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham are one of a number of clubs interested in bringing Juventus striker David Trezaguet to the Premier League, with Liverpool, West Brom and Aston Villa all interested in the 32-year-old Frenchman.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham are expected to complete the signing of Inter Milan winger Victory Obinna, 23, on a free transfer on Thursday.
Full story: the Sun

Blackburn are chasing £2m-rated Sweden Under-21 striker Denni Avdic, 21, who plays for Elfsborg.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke are set to sign Portsmouth captain Marc Wilson for £3m, plus striker Dave Kitson, 30, after edging out West Bromwich Albion for the 23-year-old defender's signature.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wolves will re-sign Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, 22, on a season-long loan deal for the third time. (Daily Star)

Birmingham have made final bids of about £9m for Wigan's left-sided Frenchman Charles N'Zogbia, 24, and £2m for Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 19.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle are eyeing a double loan swoop for Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata and striker Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle are close to signing Guinea centre-back Kamil Zayatte, 25, from Hull for £1.6m.
Full story: the Sun

Blackpool are ready to improve their £500,000 bid for Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay, 27.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is set to give Brazilian striker Jo a final chance to impress at Eastlands.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City midfielder James Milner wants Manchester United's Paul Scholes to change his mind about international retirement and start playing for England again.
Full story: Metro

However, England manager Fabio Capello says he will not try to tempt the likes of midfielder Scholes, Manchester United defender Wes Brown, Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher out of international retirement.
Full story: the Independent

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is interested in becoming the next Ukraine manager as the country prepares to co-host the 2012 European Championship with Poland.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric could return to Fratton Park once he completes the sale of his current club Leicester. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has defended beleaguered England manager Fabio Capello, with the national side's captain saying people are "jumping too far and too quick" on the Italian's back.
Full story: Daily Telegraph



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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
26 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
25 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
25 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
24 Aug 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
24 Aug 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - August 2010
01 Sep 10 |  Football


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