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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1125 BST: Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, 41, who briefly came out of retirement earlier this year to help out the English club, could be set for a Bundesliga comeback with another of his old sides, Schalke 04.
Full story: Stuttgarter Zeitung (in German)

1110 BST: West Brom are close to completing the signing of 24-year-old Preston midfielder Billy Jones.
Press Association

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal have told Spanish giants Real Madrid the bidding for their captain Cesc Fabregas starts at £54m.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester City are set to abandon their attempt to sign Udinese's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez. City had made a £21m offer but Udinese want nearly £30m and Sanchez wants to stay in Italy.
Full story: Daily Mail

City will turn to striker Edinson Cavani, midfielder Marek Hamsik and forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, who all play for Napoli, after missing out on Sanchez.
Full story: Metro

Liverpool want to bolster their midfield and are weighing up Sunderland pair Jordan Henderson and Lee Cattermole.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

The Black Cats are holding out for £20m for 20-year-old England midfielder Henderson.
Full story: Daily Star

Not only do the Reds want Henderson but they are also ready to make a formal offer to Blackburn for their £15m-rated 19-year-old centre-back Phil Jones.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is in turn targeting a £12m double raid on his former club Manchester United, with defender Wes Brown, 31, and midfielder Darron Gibson, 23 in his sights.
Full story: Daily Star

Brown is also wanted by Bolton manager Owen Coyle, who sees him as a replacement for Arsenal target Gary Cahill.
Full story: the Sun

The Trotters are keen to have striker Daniel Sturridge back at the Reebok Stadium next season after a stunning spell on loan from Chelsea.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham have had a bid of £10.5m for Internacional's Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, 21, rejected.
Full story: Daily Mail

But Spurs have intensified their chase for the one-cap striker, with an increased bid of £13.2m. Arsenal are also thought to be keen.
Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Want-away Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero says he would rather stay in Spain, paving the way for a move to Real Madrid rather than Manchester City or Chelsea.
Full story: the Sun

Former England international Mark Chamberlain has pleaded with Arsenal to buy his son Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton and Tottenham are interested in veteran German striker Miroslav Klose, who is a free agent after his Bayern Munich contract expired.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Spurs midfielder Wilson Palacios could see his move to Italian side Napoli fall through after the clubs failed to agree a fee. Tottenham want £12m for the 26-year-old.
Full story: the Sun

Wigan have made an increased £3m offer to Bolton for goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who impressed on loan at the DW Stadium last season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR are prepared to double the wages of Wales striker Steve Morison to lure him away from Millwall.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could reject interest from AC Milan to make a shock move to Tottenham.
Full story: talkSPORT

Real Madrid have told Manchester City they will not pay £12.5m for Emmanuel Adebayor but are instead keen on an £8m switch. AC Milan are also interested.
Full story: the Sun

QPR are set to seal a deal for Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard, handing the 32-year-old a return to the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea have had a £3m bid for Watford striker Danny Graham turned down by the Championship club. QPR and West Brom are already considering increasing their offers for the 25-year-old.
(the Sun)

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips, 37, is set to return to the Championship with Watford after being released by relegated Birmingham.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool have set their sights on Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson, 25, who is a free agent because his contract expires this month.
Full story: CaughtOffside

Arsenal are thought to be interested in Marseille's 26-year-old talented playmaker Mathieu Valbuena - potentially as a replacement for Andrey Arshavin, who has been linked to a transfer from the Emirates.
Full story: CaughtOffside

OTHER GOSSIP

The surprise resignation of Mark Hughes as Fulham manager on Thursday has paved the way for former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill to be appointed at Craven Cottage.
Full story: Daily Star

However, Hughes will not become the new manager of Aston Villa becauses the Midlands club are looking to appoint someone else.
Full story: the Sun

Villa ditched plans to get Hughes after being disturbed by the manner of his exit from Fulham and the activities of his agent Kia Joorabchian over the last 24 hours.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has hinted at a return to Stamford Bridge, refusing to commit his future to the Turkey national team.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven say Hiddink has turned down the chance to be technical director at the Dutch club.
Full story: Goal

England face a striker crisis ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Saturday, with only Darren Bent fit. Peter Crouch and Bobby Zamora are both struggling with injuries.
Full story: the Sun

The Professional Footballers' Association is to issue a handbook to all players in the top four divisions to help them deal with mental health issues.
Full story: the Guardian

Manchester City winger Adam Johnson says being left out of England's World Cup squad last summer was a blessing in disguise and has motivated him in his career.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Johnson has also begged team-mate Carlos Tevez not to quit City this summer.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United have opened contract talks with Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia, 25, but they have hit a snag over image rights.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Barcelona's Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi was unharmed when a youngster wearing a hooded top threw a punch at him as he was leaving a restaurant in his home city of Rosario on Thursday.
Full story: Eurosport

Manchester United striker Michael Owen sparked a row with Newcastle after he is thought to have dismissed them as a "poor team" on the social networking site Twitter.
Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie hit out at Chelsea and Barcelona during an interview on Dutch television.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Transfers - June 2011
30 Jun 11 |  Football
Friday's Scottish gossip
03 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
02 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
02 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
01 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
01 Jun 11 |  Scotland


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