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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP [all times BST]

1847: Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has passed a medical at Manchester United ahead of move to Old Trafford. Full story: Daily Mirror

1558: Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg have fined Brazil midfielder Diego 500,000 euros [£447,000] for storming out on his side at the end of last season.

1300: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has ruled out a move for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba over the summer. "We are covered in attack and hence, Drogba will not arrive," said Galliani. (Corriere dello Sport)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea defender David Luiz has attracted the interest of Spanish giants Barcelona, who are preparing a £27.5m offer.
Full story: the Sun

New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is set to splash out £80m to rebuild the side at Stamford Bridge. Top of his list of targets are Porto duo Falcao and Joao Moutinho as well as Brazilian forward Neymar, who plays for Santos.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Villas-Boas has targeted Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o, which will mean the end for Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka at Stamford Bridge.
Full story: Daily Star

Borussia Dortmund are set to make a formal bid for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. However, the German club are unwilling to meet Arsenal's £12m valuation. (the Times)

Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios is on the brink of a £12m move to Italian side Napoli, which gives Spurs boss Harry Redknapp the funds to buy West Ham's Scott Parker.
Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is eyeing a move for Stade Brest striker Nolan Roux, who has scored 21 goals in 53 league games for the French club.
Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will battle Manchester United for the signing of Inter Milan winger Wesley Sneijder after missing out on Udinese's Alexis Sanchez.
Full story: Daily Star

And Mancini is also interested in Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi, if Sanchez does not move to Eastlands.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United goalkeeping target David de Gea has dropped his heaviest hint yet that he may stay at Atletico Madrid, calling the Spanish side "a big club".
Full story: talkSPORT

Queens Park Rangers are keeping tabs on Fulham striker Andrew Johnson. (the Times)

West Brom are facing competition from Italy in their attempt to bring midfielder Zoltan Gera back to the club, according to the player's representative. (Press Association)

Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic, who is rated at £6m, is ready to quit Ewood Park after becoming frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities.
Full story: the Sun

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are set to offer Tottenham misfit Jermaine Jenas an escape route with a £5m transfer.
Full story: talkSPORT

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie says he turned down a move to Arsenal because the London club did not offer him enough money.
Full story: Daily Star

Turkish side Bursaspor have offered £2m for West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland have made an £8m bid for Ipswich striker Connor Wickham, who has also been linked to Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. However, the Suffolk side are demanding £12m for the England Under-21 international.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is willing to include striker Ricardo Fuller in a player, plus cash deal for £15m-rated Birmingham defender Scott Dann, who is also wanted by Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Free agent Mahamadou Diarra is keen on a move to Stoke or Fulham after the former Real Madrid midfielder ended his six-month contract at Monaco.
Full story: Metro

West Ham have shortlisted Stoke's Thomas Sorensen, Reading's Adam Federici and Peterborough's Joe Lewis as possible replacements for goalkeeper Robert Green. (the Times)

Portsmouth will replace out-of-contract striker Dave Nugent with Blackpool forward Luke Varney, who is available for about £750,000.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea's England Under-21 international Daniel Sturridge could be set for a season-long loan deal at Newcastle, who are short of firepower following the sales of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

West Ham defender Manuel Da Costa is set to join former team-mate Victor Obinna at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Full story: the Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea's pursuit of Andre Villas-Boas could result in former Blues boss Guus Hiddink being appointed the new manager of Inter Milan.
Full story: the Sun

Chris Hughton is expected to be confirmed as Birmingham's new manager. (Press Association)

Hughton will be appointed ahead of former West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo.
Full story: Daily Mail

Leeds manager Simon Grayson has told goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel that he has been sold to Leicester after United conceded too many goals last season. He said: "When Kasper goes, we have other alternatives that will make us better and keep us progressing."
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Former Zimbabwe striker Benjani will leave Blackburn this summer to sign for another Premier League club as he wants to secure a British passport.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry is not known for receiving red cards but the Frenchman saw red while playing for New York Red Bulls after a confrontation with Portland Timbers midfielder Adam Moffat.
Full story: Metro



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see also
Transfers - June 2011
30 Jun 11 |  Football
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
22 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
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Tuesday's Scottish gossip
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Monday's gossip column
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