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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1702 BST Manchester City are closing in on the £20m signing of Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. (Sky Sports)

1123 BST West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has told Stoke they will have to increase their offer if they want to sign striker Carlton Cole. He said: "Players may be sold back to the Premier League, but only so long as that is right for our club."
Full story: the Sentinel

1120 BST Manchester City are keeping an eye on Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and are prepared to spend £20m on the Frenchman.
Full story: talkSPORT

0940 BST Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has confirmed he will return to Liverpool this summer following a season-long loan at Juventus.
Full story: Sky Italia

0850 BST Chelsea have had a £4m bid for 19-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois rejected by Belgian champions Genk.
Full story: Inside Futbol


With Barcelona closing in on Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, midfielder Samir Nasri and defender Gael Clichy could be heading out of the Emirates to Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

However, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is hoping the signing of Lille striker Gervinho - with a £12m deal close to completion - will keep Nasri in London.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal in the race for Valencia winger Juan Mata. (the Times)

Blackburn are set to beat Sunderland to the £6.5m signing of Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha. Rovers boss Steve Kean wants him to replace Phil Jones, who has joined Manchester United.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas wants Benfica wing-back Fabio Coentrao as his first signing for the Blues but faces competition from Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hoping to tempt Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy back to Glasgow but faces competition from Blackburn.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester City will test Everton's determination to keep their top stars by making a players-plus-cash offer for defender Leighton Baines.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle target Romaric looks set to leave Sevilla after it was revealed that the midfielder will be left out of the Spanish club's pre-season tour of Costa Rica.
Full story: talkSport

Tottenham are set to make Mexican striker Antonio Pedroza Whitham their first signing of the summer transfer window, with the 20-year-old set to cost under £1m as his contract at the Mexican club had expired.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The White Hart Lane club have also joined Manchester City in the chase for highly rated 16-year-old Caen striker M'Baye Niang.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea have made a huge undisclosed bid for Palermo's attacking midfielder Javier Pastore, which seems to signal the end of their quest for Tottenham's Luka Modric.
Full story:

Big-spending Paris St Germain are ready to make a bid for Lille's Belgian star Eden Hazard, who is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.
Full story: talkSport

Bolton and Tottenham are among the clubs to have shown an interest in Egyptian midfielder Hosny Abd Rabo, who plays for Ismaily but is available on a free transfer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke City have had a £3m bid rejected by West Ham for striker Carlton Cole.
Full story: the Sun


Former Ipswich striker Marcus Stewart has warned Sunderland fans not to expect Connor Wickham to play a major role next season. The 18-year-old forward left Portman Road to join the Black Cats on Wednesday.
Full story: talkSport

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says that John Terry will remain as Blues captain for now.
Full story: the Sun


Manchester United striker Michael Owen has revealed on social networking site Twitter that he was struggling to get through to pay for television coverage of Saturday's David Haye v Wladimir Klitschko boxing bout in Germany, which is available on pay-per-view.
Full story: Michael Owen on Twitter

After Martin Jol's car was towed, the Fulham manager blamed goalkeeping coach Hans Segers for some bad advice on where to park.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Andrey Arshavin says the new Arsenal away kit will make the players look like jockeys.
Full story: Metro

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see also
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30 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
29 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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Tuesday's gossip column
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