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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is on the brink of completing a deal for Israeli playmaker Gail Assulin. The 19-year-old, dubbed 'the new Lionel Messi' earlier in his career, has cancelled his contract with Barcelona and is available on a free transfer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are also weighing up £15m-rated Sporting Gijon defender Jose Angel, according to Spanish radio reports.
Full story: talkSPORT

Aston Villa and Everton are both interested in Racing Genk striker Jelle Vossen.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton are lining up a move for 17-year-old American prodigy Omar Salgado after handing the striker a two-week trial.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester United are set to sign £16m-rated midfielder Steven Defour from Racing Genk in January, according to reports in Belgium.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Inter Milan manager Rafael Benitez could cross swords with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson because both clubs are chasing Aalesund goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham are considering a striker swap deal involving their Russian front man Roman Pavlyuchenko and CSKA Moscow's Brazilian forward Vagner Love.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Liverpool will rival Napoli in their pursuit of Auxerre's Slovenian playmaker Valter Birsa, who may be available for as little as £2m in January.
Full story: talkSPORT

Alternatively, Liverpool may turn their attentions to St Etienne winger Dimitri Payet, who leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts and would cost about £7m.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Sunderland are on the trail of two Czech Republic midfielders - Jan Polak from Belgian club Anderlecht and Jaroslav Plasil, who plays for French side Bordeaux.
Full story: Daily Mail

Homesick defender Jelle van Damme could return to Belgian side Anderlecht, despite joining Wolves on a three-year deal less than four months ago.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Preston will demand £5m for midfielder Adam Barton if Everton or Stoke attempt to prise the 19-year-old away from Deepdale.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Leicester are poised to snap up free agent Liam Rosenior. The 24-year-old right-back's contract with Reading expired in June.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is hoping that a scan on his injured ankle will prove he is fit enough to play against Sunderland on Saturday. The initial prognosis on his injury was that he would be sidelined for three weeks.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Leicester manager Paulo Sousa has one game left to save his job - Saturday's match against Scunthorpe at the Walkers Stadium - because his team are still bottom of the table after only one win in nine Championship matches.
Full story: Daily Mail

Derby boss Nigel Clough has warned winger Kris Commons that it will take more than one impressive performance to earn him a new deal at the club. Commons scored twice in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.
Full story: the Sun

Wolves winger Matt Jarvis is being lined up to become the latest addition to England's new generation. He has impressed England manager Fabio Capello's backroom team this season.
Full story: Daily Star

Former Juventus and Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli - who also had a brief spell with Dundee in 2003 - has pledged to dip into his own pocket to help the Scottish club in their ongoing battle against administration. (Daily Record)

New Bulgaria coach Lothar Matthaeus has failed to persuade Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov out of international retirement. "I've had several conversations with him but he's not ready to play for Bulgaria again," the German told Kicker magazine.

AND FINALLY

Comedian Mike Myers and actor Samuel L Jackson are rumoured to be involved in a protest film aimed at forcing Liverpool owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks to sell up.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth fans have reacted angrily to the news that Peter Storrie has been paid more than £87,000 for his work as an adviser since stepping down as chief executive five months ago.
Full story: Daily Mail

Plymouth Argyle captain Carl Fletcher has been told by a judge he is not famous enough to exempt himself from jury duty. The midfielder told the court he was unable to perform jury duty in June because of work commitments but was told by Judge Francis Gilbert QC this was "not a valid excuse" and that Fletcher was less famous than other previous jurors.
Full story: swns.com



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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
30 Sep 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
29 Sep 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
29 Sep 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
28 Sep 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
28 Sep 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - September 2010
31 Aug 10 |  Football


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