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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Liverpool will make an improved offer of £18m for Aston Villa midfielder Stewart Downing.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Meanwhile, the Merseysiders are to offer Lyon £12m for Brazilian winger Michel Bastos as boss Kenny Dalglish refuses to increase his bid for Downing.
Full story: caughtoffside

Aston Villa want to tie up a deal for Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia as they seek a replacement for Downing.
Full story: Daily Mail

Championship outfit Southampton have laughed off Arsenal's £6m bid for winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - the Saints say they will not do business for less than £12m.
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United are set to make an offer of £10-12m cash plus two players for Tottenham star Luka Modric.
Full story: caughtoffside

Spurs lead a host of clubs in the hunt for 'the new Luka Modric', Hadjuk Split player Ante Vukusic.
Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham must fork out £20m to sign striker Pablo Osvaldo from Espanyol.
Full story: the Sun

Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar is waiting to discover if Italian side Fiorentina have made a bid for him - the Croat remains unhappy at his club's £12m asking price.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal want £15m-rated Valencia winger Juan Mata - but to play alongside Samir Nasri rather than to replace him.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barcelona are set to tempt the Gunners into accepting a cut-price transfer offer for Cesc Fabregas by throwing either Maxwell or Eric Abidal into the deal.
Full story: Metro

But Arsenal have told the Catalan giants that they must drop youngsters Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin from their bid for Fabregas before a deal can be agreed.
Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea are chasing £9m Genk keeper Thibaut Courtois, whom they see as a long-term successor to Petr Cech.
Full story: the Sun

Stoke want Olympiakos and Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis, who has a £6.3m buy-out clause in his contract.
Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn Rovers will have to pay £8.5m to sign FC Copenhagen striker Dame N'Doye.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic is wanted by Dynamo Kiev - and the Ewood Park club are keen to recoup the £6m they paid for him.
Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn have approached Monaco about a £3m deal for DR Congo international defender Cedric Mongongu.
Full story: Daily Star

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is preparing an ambitious bid to sign Liverpool pair Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky.
Full story: caughtoffside

QPR boss Neil Warnock is to launch a £6m raid on the Hammers for striker Carlton Cole.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton have stepped up their efforts to land Rodrigo from Benfica after he impressed on loan last season.
Full story: Talksport

Aston Villa are ready to spend £5m to secure the transfer of defender Alan Hutton from Spurs.
Full story:Metro

Villa have also moved ahead of Tottenham in the pursuit of West Ham's Scott Parker, because Spurs must sell before they buy.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Norwich are lining up a £2m move for Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury.
Full story: the Sun

West Ham will decide next week whether to sign Polish defender Hernani da Rosi from Korona Kielce.
Full story: the Sun

Aston Villa will finally sign Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given for £4m by the end of the weekend.
Full story: the Sun

Fulham are set to sign Roma defender John Arne Riise for £2.2m. (The Times - subscription required)

Victor Wanyama has arrived in Glasgow to secure a £900,000 to Celtic from Germinal Beerschot hoping that he will not be denied a work permit, as happened with his brother, McDonald Mariga, when he was on the brink of a move to Manchester City. (Daily Record)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon will make a plea via telephone from Australia to a Scottish Football Association appeal board as he attempts to win a work permit required for the transfer of Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama from Germinal Beerschot. (the Sun)

Rangers coach Ian Durrant is hopeful that the £850,000 the club will receive from former Ibrox midfielder Charlie Adam's transfer from Blackpool to Liverpool will boost manager Ally McCoist's transfer budget. (Daily Record)

Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd arrived for signing talks with Eskisehirspor just as the Turkish club's head coach, Bulent Uygen, was arrested on match-fixing charges. (Daily Record)

Hibernian are eyeing a move for former Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan, who is keen on a return to Scotland after failing to settle in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia. (Daily Record)

Former Ajax full-back Mitchell Pique moved a step closer to winning a contract with Kilmarnock after playing in a 0-0 draw with Ballymena. (the Sun)


Liverpool legend John Barnes believes his former club's summer spending spree could take them into the Premier League's top four next season.
Full story: Talksport

Liverpool are ready to risk fan anger by quitting Anfield and building a new stadium rather than renovating their iconic ground. They will sell naming rights to their new home.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Emmanuel Adebayor is threatening to sue Manchester City for constructive dismissal after the striker learned he has been banished form the first-team squad.
Full story: the Sun

City will reveal a record-breaking £100m deal with Etihad Airways, having sold the naming rights to their Eastlands ground.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira will snub his former club by turning down a coaching role at the Emirates.
Full story: the Sun

Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu has struck up a romance with Playboy bunny Kayla Collins. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has warned fans who berated new captain Ricky Foster for playing on loan with Rangers last season that they could face court action. (Daily Record)

The Scottish Football Association has asked for double their ticket allocation for the final Euro 2012 qualifier in Spain this October. (Daily Record)


Injury-jinxed Owen Hargreaves' YouTube workout videos look set to land him a chance to save his career after his release by Manchester United - with his old England boss Sven Goran Eriksson at Leicester. Full story: Daily Mirror

Two die-hard Manchester City fans have spent £50,000 customising an old Chevrolet convertible car so that they can travel to matches in style.
Full story: Metro

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Thursday's gossip column
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Thursday's Scottish gossip
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Wednesday's gossip column
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Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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Tuesday's gossip column
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Tuesday's Scottish gossip
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Monday's gossip column
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Monday's Scottish gossip
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Sunday's gossip column
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