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Sunday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally
TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is considering using Brazil star Kaka as bait to lure Chelsea's Frank Lampard to the Bernabeu.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Mourinho wants to make a £10m bid for Blues striker Didier Drogba - but the Ivory Coast hitman is unsure whether to leave Stamford Bridge.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea are in talks with Ajax over Dutch full-back Gregory van der Wiel and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who starred against England in February.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp may sell Rafael Van der Vaart in the summer because the Dutchman's lack of mobility places restrictions on the team's formation.
Full story: the People

Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister says the club must work hard to keep hold of England winger Stewart Downing, amid rumoured interest from Manchester United and Liverpool.
Full story: Metro

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson continues to target Inter Milan's £30m Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder - and has urged his club's owners, the Glazer family, to bankroll the deal.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Italian striker Federico Macheda may be allowed to leave Old Trafford in the summer, with Sampdoria keen to make his loan deal permanent.
Full story: News of the World (subscription requried)

Arsenal remain interested in Everton left-back Leighton Baines, who could be a replacement for one or both of Gael Clichy and Kieran Gibbs if contract talks with the pair are not settled.
Full story: Metro

The Gunners are chasing £15m-rated German wonderkid Mario Goetze after rave reviews from Arsene Wenger's German scout. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder could be a replacement for Samir Nasri if the Frenchman fails to agree terms on a new deal.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Spurs are lining up a new bid for Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote - but hope to fare better than they did with their January approach by offering Wilson Palacios in part-exchange.
Full story: Metro

Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel could be a target for Midlands rivals West Brom after Baggies' stopper Scott Carson and understudy Boaz Myhill failed to impress new manager Roy Hodgson.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Villa boss Gerard Houllier has been given the green light to plan for next season, with former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise among his top targets.
Full story: News of the World (subscription requried)

OTHER GOSSIP

After initially saying they accepted the FA's decision not to deduct points from Championship winners QPR, third-placed Swansea have now refused to rule out an appeal against the ruling, according to chairman Huw Jenkins. Full story: Mail on Sunday

Thomas Vermaelen could make his long-awaited return for Arsenal on Sunday at Stoke, striker Robin van Persie has hinted on Twitter. The Dutchman posted a picture of Belgian centre-half Vermaelen travelling with the Arsenal squad, and claimed he was "back and sharp as a razor".
Full story: Metro

Ahead of another big Sunday contest, Manchester United winger Nani has warned opponents Chelsea that they will be beaten "by skill" if they try to turn the title showdown into a physical affair.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Ferguson has decided to stay at Old Trafford for at least another season - and hopes Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will do the same.
Full story: Sunday Express

Chelsea's 22-man squad will share a relatively modest prize of £2.6m if they win the title after bonuses at Stamford Bridge were slashed.
Full story: News of the World (subscription requried)

Tottenham will launch a fresh legal challenge to West Ham's move to the Olympic stadium this week.
Full story: News of the World (subscription requried)

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City's top scorer, will only be considered for a place in his side's FA Cup final squad if he plays some part in their Premier League game at home to Tottenham on Tuesday.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Another of City's star strikers, Mario Balotelli, has revealed how he was called an "idiot" by manager Roberto Mancini following his dismissal in the Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev - but the bust-up helped to repair their relationship. Full story: Mail on Sunday

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor has admitted his relationship with Mancini was non-existent before he was sent out on loan to Real Madrid. "At City I didn't exist. Mancini didn't talk to me and people had forgotten about me," he said.
Full story: News of the World (subscription requried)

AND FINALLY

Rio Ferdinand says a fear of failure motivates him to continue winning trophies - that and not wanting to return to having to drive a 'beat-up Ford Fiesta'.
Full story: Mail on Sunday



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see also
Saturday's gossip column
07 May 11 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
05 May 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
06 May 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
05 May 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
05 May 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
04 May 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
04 May 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
03 May 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
03 May 11 |  Scotland


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