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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1102 BST: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has denied any reports of a rift with Italian striker Mario Balotelli, saying "it's not true that I tell him off". (Press Association)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says they are in a three-way battle with Liverpool and Arsenal to sign West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Ajax's Maarten Stekelenburg, Birmingham's Ben Foster and Manchester City's Shay Given are all on Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp's list of targets to replace error-prone goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa are set to move for £10m-rated Birmingham City goalkeeper Ben Foster if the Blues are relegated from the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham are all chasing 19-year-old Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham could offer defender Sebastian Bassong to Stoke in an effort to lure Potters defender Ryan Shawcross to White Hart Lane.
Full story: Metro

Tottenham will step up their interest in Lille's £10m-rated striker Gervinho after boss Harry Redknapp watched the Ivory Coat international twice last week, but Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are also tracking the 23-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City and Arsenal have been told they can sign Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill for £17m this summer, but are also both admirers of Blackburn Rovers stopper Phil Jones.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wigan are set to stun Chelsea and Liverpool by slapping a £20m price tag on highly-rated midfielder James McCarthy, who is a top summer target for both clubs.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the race for Newcastle defender Jose Enrique, who has a year a left on his Magpies contract but is yet to begin talks about extending his stay at St James' Park.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Roma are considering a £5m move for want-away Arsenal midfielder Denilson, who has been told he can leave the Emirates.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has refused to agree to a one-year contract extension and is considering retiring at the end of the season because the 36-year-old does not want to be a bit-part player next campaign.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a personal plea to Paul Scholes to shelve any retirement plans.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is resigned to losing his job when he meets club officials next week, although Blues owner Roman Abramovich has no plans to be present when the Italian is told he will be leaving Stamford Bridge.
Full story: The Times (requires subscription)

Carlo Ancelotti says he is not "desperate" to stay on as Chelsea manager but has told a friend he feels he has already been sacked because of the lack of communication over his future from owner Roman Abramovich.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering trying to lure Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and his chief scout Ian Broomfield to Stamford Bridge as he weighs up replacements for current Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti. But Turkey boss Guus Hiddink remains Abramovich's preferred choice, working alongside a younger coach such as Marco van Basten.
Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal have presented the Football Association with statistical evidence that claims Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere is at risk of injury if he is picked in Stuart Pearce's England squad for the European Under-21 Championship finals in Denmark this summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Old Trafford favourite David Beckham has been given permission by Los Angeles Galaxy to play for Manchester United in his close friend Gary Neville's testimonial against Juventus on Tuesday.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says it is "ridiculous" that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could face sanctions from the Premier League if he chooses to field a so-called weakened team against relegation-threatened Blackpool on Sunday.
Full story: The Sun

Rio Ferdinand believes that his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney's rethink about quitting Old Trafford in October was the key to his side going on to clinch the title.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says midfielder Alberto Aquilani could have a future at Anfield, despite spending most of last season on loan at Juventus.
Full story: Daily Mail

Coach Tim Sherwood says Tottenham will rest first-team players and field youngsters if they qualify for next season's Europa League, as they are more interested in qualifying for the Champions League again.
Full story: Metro

Gerard Houllier's future as Aston Villa manager could remain unclear until they have settled their dispute with former boss Martin O'Neill, which has gone to a Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal.
Full story: the Guardian

Ahead of Birmingham's crunch match with Tottenham on Sunday, where only a win will guarantee Premier League safety for the St Andrew's club, Blues manager Alex McLeish has insisted he wants to stay on as manager of the Blues next season.
Full story: The Sun

Relegated West Ham will begin their rebuilding plans by handing a debut to 17-year-old Australian prospect Dylan Tombrides - a forward dubbed the new Harry Kewell - against Sunderland on Sunday.
Full story: The Mail

QPR shareholder Lakshmi Mittal will launch a bid to seize full control of the Premier League new-boys on Monday and, if he succeeds, will hand boss Neil Warnock £40m to spend on strengthening his squad.
Full story: The Sun

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric says he is enjoying himself at White Hart Lane and has no plans to leave, but admits it will be "hard" to watch the Champions League on TV next season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta feels Manchester United's Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are the biggest threat to his side in next weekend's Champions League final and says they are "shining examples for any player".
Full story: The Independent

AND FINALLY

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson forced his players to watch a recording of their 2009 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona this week to remind them of what went wrong two years ago. The two sides meet again in this year's final at Wembley next week.
Full story: The Sun



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see also
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Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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Tuesday's Scottish gossip
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