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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing's transfer to Liverpool has led to talks opening up between the clubs over a move in the opposite direction for midfielder Joe Cole.
Full story: Metro

West Ham expect to receive a £7m bid for midfielder Scott Parker from Aston Villa, once Downing makes his £20m switch to Liverpool.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are ready to make a swift bid for Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik if they fail to sign either Wesley Sneijder or Samir Nasri from Inter Milan and Arsenal respectively.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Manchester United and Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez is finally set to end speculation over his future by signing for Barcelona this week. Both Manchester clubs had approached Udinese about signing the Chile forward.
Full story: Talksport

Manchester City have been told only a "huge" bid will be enough to prise striker Samuel Eto'o away from Inter Milan.
Full story: the Sun

Leeds United winger Max Gradel is ready to reject West Ham and Fulham, for a shot at the Champions League with Lille.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea have agreed a £5m fee with Belgian side Genk to make keeper Thibault Courtois the first signing for new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR winger Adel Taarabt is definitely leaving Loftus Road this summer, according to leading agent Marco Sommella.
Full story: Metro

Stoke chairman Peter Coates may have wrecked the club's £4.5m move for Carlton Cole by questioning the West Ham striker's injury record in a TV interview. Angry Cole could now stay at Upton Park or move to QPR instead.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has told Cole the Hammers player's wage demands are scuppering a £4.5m move to the club.
Full story: the Sun

Reports from Italy indicate that AC Milan and Inter Milan are contemplating a bid for Tottenham's left-sided player Gareth Bale.
Full story: footieonline.com

Manchester City have already identified the man they want to replace striker Carlos Tevez - Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller. City are lining up a £45m move for the 21-year-old. Argentine Tevez wants to join Brazilian side Corinthians.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Everton are again looking to take Real Madrid's Sergio Canales on a season-long loan deal. Aston Villa, QPR and Villarreal also want the young playmaker.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are the latest side to express an interest in FC Basel midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri - who would cost about £5m.
Full story: Talksport

But Tottenham and Sevilla are at loggerheads over a proposed deal to take Giovani dos Santos to Spain. The Mexican midfielder has failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is keen to offload him this summer.
Full story: Talksport

Newcastle want to sell left-back Jose Enrique as soon as possible so they have time to buy a replacement. The Spaniard is a target for Liverpool and Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool plan to continue to add to their squad and are preparing a bid for Barcelona attacker Jeffren.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Wigan have increased the asking price for Charles N'Zogbia. They now want over £9m for the winger, who is being targeted by Aston Villa and Everton.
Full story: Daily Mirror

German side Schalke believe they have beaten Blackburn in the race to sign £10m-rated Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse. The 25-year-old scored 22 goals last season.
Full story: Talksport

Fulham are watching 20-year-old Hajduk Split and Croatia Under-21 striker Ante Vukusic.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are battling to sign 16-year-old Ivory Coast striking sensation Souleymane Coulibaly from Italy's Siena for £2m before the transfer window closes at the end of August but could be foiled by red tape.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Manager Arsene Wenger says it is Arsenal's destiny to win the Premier League after a terrible end to last season.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Premier League managers will be free to field weakened teams next season without fear of reprisal because of a rule change.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims David de Gea is too young to be the club's new number one keeper.
Full story: the Sun

Michael Dawson has given his support to Tottenham's management over their tough stance towards Luka Modric and Chelsea. However, Dawson also said playmaker Modric had not upset his team-mates by going public with his wish to move to Stamford Bridge.
Full story: Metro

Former Blackburn and West Ham striker Benni McCarthy is training with Ajax Cape Town as he looks to salvage his career. The 33-year-old struggled to make any impact at West Ham following a £2.5m move and was released.
Full story: Talksport

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor says Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is a better manager than Arsenal's Wenger and City's Roberto Mancini.
Full story: Metro

AND FINALLY

Photos of Angelina Jolie's daughter Shiloh at Heathrow airport have shown her to be a closet Liverpool fan.
Full story: Metro

Defender Gael Clichy has been shocked by his tough-tackling new team-mates at Manchester City.
Full story: the Sun



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see also
Thursday's gossip column
14 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
14 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
13 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
13 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2011
14 Jul 11 |  Football


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