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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Scott Dann could become the third Birmingham player to go to Sunderland this summer with Steve Bruce considering making a move for the 24-year-old centre-back.
Full story: the Guardian

Arsenal and Chelsea are also interested in the 6ft 5in Blues defender, whose proposed £12m transfer to Stoke collapsed last week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid could lodge a bid for Arsenal captain and long-term Barcelona target Cesc Fabregas, 24.
Full story: skysports.com

Barcelona want to pay the Gunners just £8.5m, or 25% of the total transfer fee of £34m, this summer for Fabregas.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Striker Robin Van Persie may be in line for the captaincy if Fabregas leaves - but is ready to hand in a transfer request if departing big names are not replaced.
Full story: Daily Star

Samir Nasri is set to tell Arsenal that he wants to leave the club and Manchester United will make a formal bid for the 24-year-old winger once he does.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal have told Italian side Roma that it will take a bid of at least £28m to prise Frenchman Nasri from the Emirates Stadium.
Full story: footybunker.com

Chelsea are ready to join the race to sign Nasri, who has rejected a five-year deal worth £90,000-a-week.
Full story: Daily Mail

Another player possibly leaving Arsenal could be midfielder Andrey Arshavin, 30, who will be out of contract next summer and has emerged as a target for Galatasaray.
Full story: the Sun

Meanwhile, Gunners defender Gael Clichy's proposed £7m move to Manchester City could mean fellow left-back Wayne Bridge may leave City for Newcastle.
Full story: the Sun

Bolton defender Gary Cahill could become Andre Villas-Boas' first signing as Chelsea manager. The 25-year-old centre-half, who could cost around £17m, is also wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.
Full story: Daily Mail

Brazilian side Santos are ready to hand 19-year-old striker Neymar a massive pay rise, to about £90,000-a-week, to see off interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Full story: Daily Mail

Porto striker Hulk has dampened talk of following his former manager Andre Villas-Boas to Chelsea in the immediate future.
Full story: talkSPORT

Still on Chelsea's radar is teenage Anderlecht forward Romelu Lukaku. Anderlecht admitted earlier this month that the two clubs had held talks, but the Blues have now been told he will cost £18m.
Full story: Daily Express

Roma's Brazilian keeper Doni, 31, has had a change of heart and agreed to join Liverpool - the fee is yet to be decided but the Italian club looking for at least £1.5m.
Full story: talkSPORT

Bolton and Fulham are leading the chase for 31-year-old Manchester City winger Craig Bellamy who is valued at about £4m.
Full story: footybunker.com

French side Paris St Germain have made a £13.5m bid for QPR's 22-year-old Moroccan playmaker Adel Taarabt.
Full story: Daily Mail

Such a move for Taarabt would earn his former club Tottenham a multi-million-pound windfall, as they are entitled to a 40% sell-on fee as part of Taarabt's move from White Hart Lane to Loftus Road a year ago.
Full story: the Independent

Tottenham are ready to listen to offers in the region of £10m-12m for striker Jermain Defoe, 28, to raise funds to buy Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi, 24, and Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente, 26.
Full story: footybunker.com

Spurs have also approached Roma over the availability of their 27-year-old Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic.
Full story: footie-online.co.uk

Tottenham and Liverpool are both on the trail of 16-year-old French striker M'Baye Niang, who is currently with Caen.
Full story: the Sun

West Ham have accepted a £10m bid from Turkish club Fenerbahce for midfielder Scott Parker, but the 30-year-old midfielder is refusing to uproot his young family.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are also set to launch a £5m bid for England midfielder Parker.
Full story: Daily Mail

Villa are willing to pay £3m for 35-year-old out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given, but City are holding out for £5m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Premier League newcomers Swansea are set to make a £3m move for Leeds striker Luciano Becchio.
Full story: the Sun

Wigan are interested in signing Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Full story: Goal.com

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann is in line to become the new manager at Blue Square Bet Premier club Stockport, newly relegated from the Football League.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will fast-track former Barcelona trainee Hector Bellerin, 16, into the first-team squad after snapping him up from the Catalan club's academy this summer.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says it will "not be easy" for new goalkeeper David de Gea to follow Edwin van der Sar as number one keeper at Old Trafford.
Full story: Daily Express

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has revealed that Reds striker Fernando Torres advised him to move to Anfield in January, even though Torres was on the verge of moving to Chelsea. Both deals eventually went through on the final day of the transfer window.
Full story: the Independent

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy says he has no problems with new manager Martin Jol, who signed Murphy for Tottenham in 2006 but sold him 18 months later. Murphy insists the pair never fell out, but his Spurs appearances were limited at the time as his father was terminally ill.
Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech finally met Claudio Ranieri face to face earlier this year - seven years after the Italian signed him for the Stamford Bridge club in 2004. Ranieri was sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho just after Cech completed his £7m move.
Full story: the Sun



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see also
Saturday's Scottish gossip
02 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
01 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
01 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
30 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
30 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
29 Jun 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
29 Jun 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2011
06 Jul 11 |  Football


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