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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Aston Villa's veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel, 40, is heading for Tottenham, despite interest from Liverpool. He believes he will see more first-team action at White Hart Lane.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Villa could replace Friedel with Rangers' Allan McGregor, 29, who has two years left on his deal at Ibrox. (the Guardian)

Tottenham have slapped a £50m price tag on left-sided player Gareth Bale, who is believed to be a target for Juventus and Inter Milan. However, they will let midfielder Luka Modric go for about £25m - despite denying the Croatian is on his way to Chelsea or Manchester United.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Spurs will replace Modric with 22-year-old Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Milan Badelj.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona's opening offer for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is likely to be at the £30m mark. Arsenal want £50m and may stand a better chance of getting it from Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United will lose out to Real Madrid in the race to sign Benfica's left-sided star Fabio Coentrao.
Full story: the Sun

Sevilla are set to offer Arsenal £8m for unsettled Brazilian midfielder Denilson.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to keep forward Didier Drogba at the club but Nicolas Anelka may be offloaded.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Russian side Zenit St Petersburg have had a bid to swap their defender Bruno Alves for Chelsea's Alex rejected, despite also being prepared to include cash in the deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson has been weighed up by four Premier League clubs after being released by Birmingham, with Sunderland believed to be one of the interested parties.
Full story: Daily Mail

With a clutch of Champions League outfits hovering over Phil Jones, Blackburn manager Steve Kean has warned the young centre-half to expect much less time on the pitch if he makes the move to a bigger club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak may head for Germany rather than move to Tottenham.
Full story: Metro

Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith will be the subject of a three-way Premier League bidding war between QPR, Wigan and Everton.
Full story: Metro

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, a £15m target for Manchester United, will sign for Liverpool instead. (Football writer Ian McGarry on BBC Radio 5 live)

Villa striker Emile Heskey is set to return to Leicester, where he will be reunited with Sven-Goran Eriksson. The Foxes boss regularly selected Heskey when the Swede was manager of England and the deal is set to go through for £500,000.
Full story: Daily Mail

Celtic are poised to step up their interest in Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long after Reading lost to Swansea in the play-off to reach England's top flight. (Daily Express)

Reading have warned Celtic they will not get £4m-rated striker Shane Long on the cheap.
Full story: Daily Mail

Reading owner John Madejski is not confident of preventing Celtic signing Shane Long but says the Championship club will be demanding £20m for the striker. (the Sun)

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has ruled out a return to Wigan on loan in the 2011/2012 campaign, despite having helped them stay in the Premier League this season.
Full story: Daily Star

Newcastle are the latest club to show an interest in Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea's Michael Mancienne is poised to join Hamburg, frustrated at a lack of first-team chances at Stamford Bridge.
Full story: the Sun

Leicester City have targeted Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra as manager Sven-Goran Eriksson looks to win promotion from the Championship next season. (Daily Record)

Rangers are to open contract talks with Steven Whittaker in a bid to fend off interest from Turkish club Bursaspor. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen have warned Derby County that they will report the English Championship club to world governing body Fifa if they refuse to pay £400,000 in compensation for Scotland striker Chris Maguire. (Various)

Frustrated Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez wants a move to another European club after failing to win a regular place at Celtic after his move from UNAM Pumas last summer. (Daily Express)

Republic of Ireland international defender Darren O'Dea hopes he has a future of Celtic despite being sent out on loan to Championship clubs for the last two seasons and wants talks with manager Neil Lennon. (Various)

St Mirren are tracking midfielder Stephen Hughes, who is still under contract with Norwich City, and versatile wide man Jim Paterson, who has been released by Plymouth Argyle. (Various)

Dunfermline Athletic are hoping to bring Paul Gallacher back to East End Park, with the goalkeeper out of contract with St Mirren. (Various)

Dundee fear losing Gary Irvine to Inverness Caledonian Thistle or St Mirren as the defender has yet to accept the offer of a new contract. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

If Gerard Houllier is given a clean bill of health in his final medical examination it will leave Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner unable to terminate his contract on the grounds of ill health - which would have reduced the Frenchman's payout. It means Houllier would cost £5m to sack.
Full story: Daily Mail

Cardiff City fans want striker Craig Bellamy, who spent the 2010/2011 campaign on loan at the Welsh club from Manchester City, to succeed Dave Jones, who was sacked as manager on Monday.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is favourite to take over from the sacked Dave Jones at Cardiff City. (the Herald)

A breakaway meeting of more than six Scottish Premier League clubs unhappy at plans for a 10-team top flight will be held this week with a 14-team league on the agenda. (the Scotsman)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says it will be a "disaster" if the Gunners do not win a trophy next season and they need to learn how to be "more nasty" in their defending.
Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea manager Brendan Rogers says he will not break up their promotion-winning team but admits there is "no room for sentiment" following their promotion to the Premier League.
Full story: the Independent

Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt says Scotland have the quality to qualify for Euro 2012 if Charlie Adam stops thinking he is Pele. (Various)

The PFA Scotland union has drafted in specialist lawyers in an attempt to stop players being ripped off by unscrupulous agents. (Daily Record)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have finally won their battle against former striker Marius Niculae's demand for a slice of his £400,000 transfer fee to Dinamo Bucharest after the Scottish courts threw out the Romanian's case. (Various)

AND FINALLY

While Manchester United fans lined up in the drizzle for their bus parade, Barcelona centre-half Gerard Pique - fresh from snipping off the Wembley nets for his collection - took dancing lessons from girlfriend and pop-star Shakira on stage at the club's Champions League victory celebrations back in Spain.
Full story: the Sun

Meanwhile, pictures have surfaced on Twitter of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard celebrating United's defeat by the Spanish giants.
Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea's players will celebrate promotion to the Premier League by joining Rod Stewart on stage at the Liberty Stadium during his concert there on Wednesday night.
Full story: Daily Star



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see also
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31 May 11 |  Scotland
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