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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1449 BST: Arsenal will not sell Carlos Vela this summer, according to the Mexico international's agent. The 22-year-old was expected to be one of several players allowed to leave as Arsene Wenger revamped his squad following another campaign which promised so much but failed to deliver.
Full story: Press Association

1401 BST: Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has cast doubt over his future at Ewood Park by claiming he would leap at the chance to leave if a "good opportunity" arose. Samba also suggested that Rovers are talking to clubs interested in signing the 27-year-old.
Full story: L'Equipe

1357 BST: Bolton manager Owen Coyle could be without influential midfielder Stuart Holden until October. The United States international missed the last two months of last season with a serious knee injury, which required surgery. Holden set himself a return date of September but Coyle said the club's medical team were being more cautious.
Full story: Press Association

1351 BST: Former Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has emerged as the leading candidate to take over at Inter Milan. Inter President Massimo Moratti said a decision on the appointment of a new manager is due before the weekend.
Full story: Reuters

TRANSFER GOSSIP

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is set to miss out on Santos forward Neymar, with the Brazilian teenager instead likely to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Full story: talkSport

Brazil legend Pele has backed Neymar's move to the Spanish capital after calling the Premier League too rough.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Defender Gael Clichy is keen to move to Liverpool after talks stalled on a new deal at Arsenal.
Full story: the Sun

Sunderland's bid for Ipswich teenager Connor Wickham may come to nothing as the striker is waiting for a move to Liverpool or Arsenal.
Full story: Metro

Manchester City are back in the race for winger Alexis Sanchez after Barcelona youngster Jeffren rejected the chance to join Udinese to fund a move for the Chile midfielder. The Catalan side had offered £28m, plus Jeffren, while City's package is reportedly in the region of £35m, plus £4m in bonuses.
Full story: Metro

However, Sanchez does not want to move to Eastlands and, although he was cleared to visit City for talks, he refused to board a flight.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni has moved a step closer to joining Fulham after the Cameroon international admitted he "would love" to play in the Premier League.
Full story: talkSport

Liverpool have been told they will need to pay £13.5m to sign St Etienne winger Dimitri Payet. Aston Villa's Stewart Downing had been Reds boss Kenny Dalglish's target for that position but Payet could be an alternative.
Full story: talkSport

Manchester City are closing in on £20m-rated Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho.
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea have valued their England Under-21 defender Ryan Bertrand at £5m. However, he may be allowed to go out on loan for a season, with West Brom, Wolves, Bolton, Fulham and Nottingham Forest all interested.
Full story: the Sun

New West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is weighing up Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith.
Full story: talkSport

Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll has moved for Blackpool's Jason Euell and Richard Naylor of Leeds, who are available on free transfers, and is also keen on Sheffield Wednesday's £200,000-rated defender Tommy Spurr.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are monitoring 21-year-old Toulouse and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
(the Times)

Bursaspor say they have agreed in principle deals for Rangers defender Steven Whittaker and former Celtic midfielder Landry N'Guemo. (the Herald)

Steven Whittaker has rejected the offer of a contract extension that would have made the defender the highest-paid player at Rangers, who plan to hold him to the final year of his current deal after rejecting a fourth transfer bid from Bursaspor. (the Herald)

Rangers have not given up hope of signing Lee Wallace despite being shocked at Hearts' valuation of the Scotland full-back after the Glasgow club tabled a £300,000 offer. (Daily Record)

Rangers will today make an offer to midfielder Neil Danns, who is a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace and who has been linked with Celtic. (the Herald)

Manchester City midfielder Dedryk Boyata is a possible loan target for Celtic. (Daily Mail)

Despite reports to the contrary, Celtic have no interest in Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia. (the Sun)

Celtic withdrew from the race to sign Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia because of the £2.5m asking price. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish might beat Celtic to the signing of Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren have been given permission by Celtic to talk to winger Graham Carey about a return to Paisley after his loan spell. (Various)

St Johnstone have pulled out of the race to sign Brechin City striker Rory McAllister. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone are close to tying up a deal for former Falkirk striker Carl Finnigan after being forced to admit defeat in bids to sign former Bristol Rovers man Darryl Duffy and Falkirk's Mark Stewart. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen will complete the signing of goalkeeper David Gonzalez from Manchester City within 24 hours. (Daily Record)

Goalkeeper David Gonzalez says he could join Aberdeen on a permanent deal instead of a loan. (the Herald)


OTHER GOSSIP

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes he has to lead Chelsea to the quadruple to keep owner Roman Abramovich happy.
Full story: the Sun

Manager Sam Allardyce will not change West Ham's style of football to a more direct game after he conceded that "playing the right way is about entertaining the public". He said: "Everywhere I've been I entertain the public, irrespective of the perception from the media that Sam Allardyce plays long ball." (Press Association)

Former Scotland player Bobby Lennox said he would be worried about getting ostracised by the Scottish Football Association if he chose to play for Team GB at London 2012.
(the Times)

London Olympic organisers have estimated that sales of Team GB replica football shirts could be worth as much as £8m in revenue.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has warned the club that he will leave unless they offer him a substantial pay rise. (Various)

Hearts full-back Craig Thomson has been told to stay away from pre-season training after last week admitting indecent behaviour towards under-age girls. (Daily Record)

Craig Thomson's future at Hearts is in the hands of owner Vladimir Romanov after a meeting between manager Jim Jefferies and managing director David Southern failed to come to a decision about the convicted sex offender. (the Scotsman)

New Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton wants to appoint Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood as his assistant. (the Sun)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood is reluctant to return to Nottingham Forest as Steve McClaren's assistant after being previously sacked by the Championship club. (the Sun)

Dunfermline Athletic fans have launched a Facebook campaign to have one of the East End Park stands named after former manager and present director of football Jim Leishman. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Former England, Newcastle and Ipswich manager Sir Bobby Robson labelled Andre Villas-Boas, who has been appointed the new manager at Chelsea, as "something special" a decade ago, according to ex-Tractor Boys boss George Burley.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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


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