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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal have had a change of heart over Samir Nasri and will now accept bids of £22m to allow the Frenchman to follow Cesc Fabregas in leaving the club. Manager Arsene Wenger will pursue Valencia's Juan Mata as a replacement.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fabregas will have to pay Arsenal £4.5m - at a rate of £900,000 a year - to secure his move to boyhood club Barcelona.
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea coach Roberto di Matteo travelled to Stuttgart to watch Santos playmaker Neymar score for Brazil in their 3-2 defeat by Germany. Real Madrid, Manchester City, Barcelona and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are all monitoring the 19-year-old.
Full story: the Sun

Carlos Tevez is set to move to Inter Milan on loan - if the Serie A club sell Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi Makhachkala.
Full story: talkSPORT

Eto'o has agreed personal terms with Anzhi Makhachkala - and will become the highest-paid player in the world on wages of £300,000 a week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea will offer Yossi Benayoun to Spurs as they try to seal the signing of Luka Modric.
Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea want to bolster their forward line with the free-transfer signing of France veteran David Trezeguet.
Full story: Daily Mail

Wigan have West Bromwich Albion frontman Peter Odemwingie in their sights as a replacement for Hugo Rodallega, who they fear could be a target for Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City have lined up £5m-rated Fiorentina winger Alessio Cerci as an alternative target should they fail in their attempts to buy Samir Nasri from Arsenal.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham may turn their attention to Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi again as Athletic Bilbao are unwilling to accept an offer for Fernando Llorente.
Full story: the Guardian

Spurs are also believed to have entered talks with Porto over the possibility of signing Brazilian striker Hulk, who has an £88m buy-out clause in his contract.
Full story: the Times (requires subscription)

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has suffered a setback in his pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra however, with an initial bid turned down by the Spanish giants who value the former Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth star at £15.8m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal have joined Tottenham in the race for FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hopes to set up a loan deal for Tottenham winger Niko Kranjcar.
Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool are on the verge of completing the signing of Jose Enrique from Newcastle in a £5.5m switch. The Magpies have an immediate replacement in mind with PSV Einghoven's Erik Peters available for a similar fee. (Daily Express)

Stoke are set to capitalise on Joey Barton's fall-out with Newcastle by offering the midfielder wages of £60,000 a week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Alternatively Barton could quit England to take up the chance to play in Russia with Zenit St Petersburg. An offer of a £68,000-a-week contract is expected.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Potters have also made a final offer of £17m to Tottenham for striker Peter Crouch and midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon is a target for Fulham, Villa and Everton after turning down a move to Getafe.
Full story: the Sun

The potential £2m sale of defender Joseph Yobo to Fenerbache could free up funds for Everton manager David Moyes to make moves in the transfer market.
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes to strengthen his rearguard with the signing of Rolando, a central defender from former club Porto.
Full story: footie-online

Wigan are set to sign teenage striker Nouha Dicko from Strasbourg after the Frenchman impressed on trial.
Full story: the Sun

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has made an approach to Middlesbrough for 24-year-old centre-back Matthew Bates.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic have been warned they must move quickly if they wish to secure a deal for Jagiellonia Bialystok goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski after Racing Genk agreed a fee of £2m for the 21-year-old. (Daily Record)

Celtic are set to revive their interest in Fraser Forster by making a third and final offer to Newcastle United for the £2m-rated goalkeeper who spent last season on loan in Glasgow. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has urged Sunderland fans not to heckle Jordan Henderson when the two sides meet on the opening day of the season.
Full story: the Guardian

Chelsea may be without Fernando Torres for the start of the season after he suffered concussion in Spain's 2-1 defeat by Italy on Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United winger Bebe is set to be out of action for six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Portugal Under-21s. (the Independent)

Bradford believe they are owed money by Manchester United from midfielder Tom Cleverley's loan spells at Leicester, Watford and Wigan. Cleverley moved to United as a 12-year-old from the Bantams in a deal that included 10% of any future deals involving the player. Full story: the Sun

Celtic's Europa League opponents, Sion, have launched a £17m compensation claim against the Swiss league after being refused permission to field six summer signings but could be expelled from the league and by Uefa. (Daily Record)

Rangers have responded to Kenny Miller's claim that they waited too long to bid for their former striker by saying they offered him more than the club he joined - Cardiff City. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren striker Nigel Hasselbaink will today become the first player to have his disciplinary appeal heard by the Scottish Football Association's new independent panel. (the Herald)

Andrew Dallas will follow in the footsteps of famous referee father Hugh and will take charge of his first senior game on Saturday, Berwick Rangers against East Stirlingshire. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has said the riots in Tottenham have left the club "living in fear" - while Roman Pavlyuchenko has banned his wife from returning to Britain.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Spanish player Javi Poves has quit La Liga club Sporting Gijon, saying he is taking a stance against a sport he describes as "rotten".
Full story: Daily Telegraph



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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
11 Aug 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
10 Aug 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
10 Aug 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
09 Aug 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
09 Aug 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - August 2011
31 Aug 11 |  Football


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