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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

(1325) West Ham co-owner David Gold says the club have not spoken to Cardiff boss Dave Jones about the vacant mangerial position at Upton Park.
Source: Twitter

(1249) Former England defender Sol Campbell is leaving Newcastle along with Shefki Kuqi.
Source: Newcastle Evening Chronicle

(1030) Alberto Aquilani's agent says the midfielder's future will be decided next week. The 26-year-old has spent this season on loan at Juventus from Liverpool and Franco Zavaglia says there is a more than 50% chance the player will stay in Turin.
Full story: Gazzetta Dello Sport [Italian]

(0940) AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has labelled former Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho, who is the current boss at Real Madrid, "pathetic" and "insecure".
Source: Le Iene [Italian TV show]

(0900 BST) Tottenham and Barcelona are both set to hold talks over a move for Brazilian star Leandro Damiao. The 21-year-old forward, who plays for Internacional, is also attracting interest from Juventus, Roma and Benfica.
Full story: goal.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City and Chelsea are on alert after Sergio Aguero revealed he is leaving Atletico Madrid. The £40m-rated Argentine striker is also a target for Atletico's bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool will step up their pursuit of Hamburg winger Eljero Elia this summer.
Full story: talkSPORT

Heurelho Gomes's future at Tottenham is in further doubt after the goalkeeper reportedly told former club PSV Eindhoven he wants to rejoin them.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsene Wenger has dropped a major hint that he is ready to make a spectacular move for Karim Benzema. Wenger says a move for Real Madrid's French striker "doesn't seem impossible" even if it would represent a big change in transfer policy for the Arsenal manager.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal and Liverpool are leading the chase to sign Lille's £10m-rated striker Gervinho.
Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United could be about to make a surprise swoop for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of next season and talks over a new deal have reportedly broken down.
Full story: Metro

Manchester United have reportedly approached French club Lens with an offer for highly rated 18-year-old defender Raphael Varane.
Full story: talkSPORT Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has opened the door for Cristiano Ronaldo to make a sensational return to Old Trafford.
Full story: the Sun

Newcastle have made an improved £10m bid for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro. Valencia are Gameiro's preferred option, but Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes his latest offer will discourage the Spanish club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Italian club Inter Milan are preparing a £15m bid for Arsenal's Cameroon midfielder Alex Song.
Full story: Daily Star

Managerless Chelsea are ploughing ahead with a serious overhaul of the playing staff - with up to five players leaving and five more coming in. They are open to offers for Nicolas Anelka, who has one year to run on his current deal.
Full story: Independent

OTHER GOSSIP

Porto president Pinta da Costa is convinced Andre Villas-Boas would reject any approach from Chelsea offering him the chance to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge - despite the coach having a release clause of £13m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Andrey Arshavin will train with Zenit St Petersburg as the Russian champions consider a bid for their former star. The Arsenal forward will return to his home city on Wednesday and join up with Zenit from Thursday to keep fit ahead of Russia's Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia on Saturday week.
Full story: Daily Mail

Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez is the shock name in the frame to be Barnsley's next manager - and is on the Oakwell short list. Sanchez, a goalscoring hero at Real Madrid and for his country, is chasing the post at the Yorkshire club as he is keen to come to England.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manager Roberto Mancini has flown to Abu Dhabi to speak to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak amid a breakdown in relations at Manchester City.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed his side will not single out Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Full story: talkSPORT

Premier League clubs have been put on red alert after former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill re-entered the job market.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Chelsea players tried to help former boss Carlo Ancelotti get over his sacking by taking him out partying in a trendy London nightclub. The Italian was given his marching orders after the Blues' defeat by Everton on the last day of the Premier League season.
Full story: Metro

Having been given the night off by his club for 'family reasons', Mario Balotelli was caught on camera throwing water bombs at a meeting of Serie A club chiefs in Italy on Monday while his Manchester City team-mates were on their FA Cup victory parade.
Full story: the Sun



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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
23 May 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
24 May 11 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
23 May 11 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
23 May 11 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
22 May 11 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
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