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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are ready to swoop for £27m-rated Belgian teenager Romelu Lukaku next month but a move for the Anderlecht striker depends on the exit of two forwards. Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton are also interested in the 17-year-old.
Full story: Goal.com

Arsene Wenger admits Cesc Fabregas is feeling the strain of Arsenal's crumbling season and fears the club's failure on the pitch will fuel his desire to return to Barcelona this summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton boss David Moyes has told Liverpool to keep their hands off their £10m-rated 26-year-old full-back Leighton Baines.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will make signing a high-profile striker his priority in the summer transfer market but it will not be Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Redknapp has admitted he is "chasing around the world" to find a goal-scorer and his latest target is Espanyol's £12m-rated 25-year-old Argentine Dani Osvaldo.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sporting Lisbon are remaining tight-lipped about Manchester United's reported interest in Rui Patricio. The goalkeeper is reportedly a target for United as they seek a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who is retiring at the end of the season.
Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing a double swoop on Tottenham for midfield duo Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Tottenham are ready to enter the £8m race for Lazio defender Stephan Lichtsteiner. The 27-year-old right-back is also being followed by Juventus, Napoli and Bayern Munich, according to reports in the German press.
Full story: talkSPORT

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has admitted the club face a massive firesale in the summer should they be relegated. Inspirational midfielder Scott Parker would certainly leave if that happened, possibly to Tottenham, while goalkeeper Robert Green, centre-half Matthew Upson, whose contract expires in June, and striker Carlton Cole would head the exodus of high-profile players.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Blackburn manager Steve Kean has warned Liverpool and Manchester United they will have to cough up a "massive fee" to land 19-year-old defender Phil Jones.
Full story: the Sun

Didier Drogba will snub a summer move and remain at Chelsea for next season. The striker has been linked with a £15m transfer to Real Madrid, where he would link up again with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are being linked with a summer move for Cologne's German international striker Lukas Podolski.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Liverpool are set to sign French international Sylvain Marveaux on a free transfer from Rennes, the first of several new faces expected at Anfield this summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

AC Milan are ready to meet Liverpool's £15m asking price for want-away midfielder Alberto Aquilani, according to Italian reports. The player has impressed while on loan at Juventus this season.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic, according to reports in Spain.
Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is hoping to sign eight players to boost his squad for next season, including making defender Nedum Onuoha's loan move from Manchester City permanent.
Full story: the Sun

Fulham striker Andrew Johnson will become Roy Hodgson's first major signing at West Brom this summer. The 30-year-old will be reunited with his former manager in a £3.5m deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson has virtually ruled out any chance of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United. The Portuguese winger left Old Trafford for a world record £80m in 2009 to pursue his long-held dream of playing for Real Madrid. When asked whether Ronaldo could come back, Ferguson said: "It would be very difficult. He had a great time here but he is at a great club now too."
(Press Association)

Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda wants to extend his stay with the club and hopes Carlo Ancelotti will remain as coach if he does. Despite having a contract with the reigning champions until 2013, the 30-year-old hopes to add an extra year to that deal. "I just want to feel I am important at the club," he said.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Everton boss David Moyes has distanced himself from rumours he is wanted by Aston Villa. The midlands club are reportedly eyeing both Moyes and Fulham manager Mark Hughes as possible candidates for their top job should current Villa boss Gerard Houllier step down due to health concerns.
Full story: the Sun

Midfielder Alexander Hleb has apologised for failing to produce his best form during a season-long loan at Birmingham. Hleb, who will return to Barcelona in the summer, said: "It has been difficult. I came to this club with ambition and wanted to give my best for Birmingham City but the injuries have been bad."
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Sunderland and Leeds United striker Michael Bridges has announced his retirement from professional football. The 32-year-old moved to the Newcastle Jets in 2009 and scored six goals in 15 appearances during his first season in Australia but has since struggled with a knee injury.
Full story: the Times (subscription required)

AND FINALLY

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has admitted he cannot even go to the toilet without thinking about their relegation battle. "I have sat on the toilet and dwelt on it, and stood at the toilet and dwelt on it. It has never left me," said McCarthy, whose side are 19th in the table with 33 points from 34 games, one point off Blackpool in 17th.
Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR owner Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he could not name five players in his team, that he always leaves at half-time because he can see which way the game is going, and that he will not be going to the game that could secure their promotion at Watford, saying: "I only go when we are playing locally."
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Saturday's Scottish gossip
30 Apr 11 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
29 Apr 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
29 Apr 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
28 Apr 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
28 Apr 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
27 Apr 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
27 Apr 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - April 2011
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