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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Striker Sergio Aguero is expected in England on Wednesday morning for talks with Manchester City to finalise his £38m transfer from Atletico Madrid.
Full story: Various, including the Independent

On the other side of the city, Manchester United are set to make a renewed bid to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Midfielder Samir Nasri, out of contract in July 2012 and heavily linked with a move from Arsenal this summer, has told the Gunners he will stay for this season.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea could make a shock move for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, with new Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas an admirer of the 24-year-old England international.
Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will go all out to sign Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe if he fails to land his top target, Paris St Germain's Turkish forward Mevlut Erdinc.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham hope to complete a deal for Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, who has been forced to settle for a bit-part role since joining the Catalan giants from PSV Eindhoven in January.
Full story: Daily Mirror

And Spurs are interested in signing Spain international striker Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao as they look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Tottenham are also considering a move for Hamburg striker Paulo Guerrero after the Peru star revealed he is considering leaving the Imtech Arena.
Full story: fanatix.com

Heading out of the White Hart Lane exit door, though, is forward Giovani dos Santos, who Spurs have agreed to sell to Sevilla. The London club would have to pay 10% of a sell-on fee to his former club Barcelona if he is sold before 1 August. However, a deal has been agreed that would go through a day later.
Full story: the Times (subscription only)

Birmingham are struggling to pay their bills and could be forced to sell more players to survive after owner Carson Yeung's assets were frozen in the Far East pending his money-laundering court case.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are monitoring Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia's availability and could submit a bid for the Argentine before the end of the month.
Full story: Metro

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is keen to bring Reading striker Shane Long to Upton Park but says the club have received no offers for midfielder Scott Parker and rejected one from West Brom for goalkeeper Robert Green. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool are also interested in Long, having sent scouts to watch the Republic of Ireland international score twice during Reading's friendly against Northampton last weekend.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Merseysiders are also willing to bide their time before making a cut-price swoop for Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique, who appears to have fallen out of favour with the club's owners at St James' Park after publicly criticising the club's transfer policy.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is still keen to keep hold of Enrique after the Spaniard's impressive displays last season.
Full story: Metro

Blackburn boss Steve Kean says he will go on a spending spree before the start of the new season, bolstered by the fee the club received from Manchester United for Phil Jones.
(Daily Record)

Manchester United are planning a triple Brazilian swoop, with the signings of Flamengo forward Adryan, Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas and Santos playmaker Ganso.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Another club on the verge of finalising a triple swoop are Liverpool, who have targeted Pachuca striker Marco Bueno, Albacete forward Nacho and United States Under-17 striker Villyan Bijev, who played for Cal Odyssey.
Full story: fanatix.com

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is weighing up Leeds winger Robert Snodgrass.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland may look to continue their summer spending with a cut-price move for West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne.
Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn are set to beat Vitesse Arnhem to the signing of Partizan Belgrade's defensive midfielder Radosav Petrovic.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson could sign for Wolves on loan. The 23-year-old, who is also wanted by Leeds, is fit again after a knee injury.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are thought to be interested in Chelsea defender Alex.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Wigan have expressed an interest in Derry City winger James McClean as they seek a replacement for Charles N'Zogbia, who looks set to join Aston Villa.
Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea have agreed a £1.75m fee for Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita, 26. Brendan Rodgers has been pursuing Lita and his strike partner Marvin Emnes all summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes the Ewood Park outfit can make it into the Champions League in four years.
Full story: Daily Mirror

England face the possibility that they might have to play France in the qualifying groups for the 2014 World Cup finals, which are drawn on Saturday night in Brazil. France have not regained their position among the top nine ranked international teams in Europe, meaning they are in the second pot for the qualifying draw in Rio de Janeiro.
Full story: the Independent

Karl-Heinze Rummenigge, the chairman of the European Club Association, wants his members to have a say in governing body of football Fifa's decision-making process.
Full story: the Guardian

AND FINALLY

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov insists he will not change his languid style in the forthcoming season, saying: "There is a saying in Bulgaria that great quality doesn't require much effort."
Full story: the Sun

A picture of Prime Minister David Cameron and his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero flanking Cesc Fabregas has gone viral, sparking rumours the Arsenal-Barcelona transfer saga has turned into an 'international incident'.
Full story: Metro

Newcastle and former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton says Mario Balotelli is "off his barnet" following the Italian striker's latest antics.
Full story: Daily Star

Former England captain David Beckham has penned an open letter calling for aid and support for the people of Somalia in the midst of their food crisis in his role as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
27 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
26 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
26 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
25 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
25 Jul 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - July 2011
26 Jul 11 |  Football


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