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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United have given up on their bid to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan, with the Old Trafford club now tired of a saga that has dragged on since the end of last season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea look set to derail Real Madrid's bid to sign Santos's young Brazilian striker Neymar.
Full story: Inside Futbol

Arsenal have already moved to replace Barcelona target Cesc Fabregas with £12m Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Jadson. Full story: Independent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will reinvest money from selling Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to buy Valencia forward Juan Mata and at least one centre-back. Bolton's Gary Cahill, Everton's Phil Jagielka, Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker and Birmingham City's Scott Dann are all on his list.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Birmingham over Dann, and hope to conclude transfer discussions quickly in order to register the defender before Saturday's opening game against Newcastle. Full story: Metro

Tottenham have stepped up their interest in Blackburn defender Chris Samba and are ready to offer cash plus defender Sebastien Bassong as part of the deal. Full story: talkSPORT

Spurs will move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian, if they lose Luka Modric to Chelsea. Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa have joined the race to sign French striker David Trezeguet. The former Juventus forward is a free agent after leaving Hercules.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sven-Goran Eriksson's ambitious Championship side Leicester want to buy Tottenham striker Robbie Keane for £3m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke City are closing in on Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. Full story: the Sun

Barton is also wanted by Zenit St Petersburg, with the Russian side ready to make the midfielder - who has been told he can leave Newcastle United on a free transfer, despite having a year remaining on his contract - a lucrative offer.
Full story: Metro

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is furious that former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie is trying to find an English club for Gregg Wylde after talks stalled over a new three-year contract for the young Ibrox winger. (the Sun)

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has told Rangers they can still have central defender Carlos Cuellar for £2m if they want him. (Daily Record)

Hungary defender Roland Juhasz has demanded showdown talks with Anderlecht after the Belgian club scuppered his £3.5m move to Rangers. (the Sun)

Liverpool and Scotland defender Danny Wilson says he would welcome the opportunity to return to Rangers on loan this season. (Various)

Matt McKay has pleaded for a work permit to allow his £325,000 switch from Brisbane Roar to Rangers to be completed in time for the midfielder to play in the Scottish champions' Europa League qualifier against Maribor on Thursday. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has backed midfielder Tom Cleverley, who impressed in a loan spell at the DW Stadium last season, to make a major impact for Manchester United this term.
Full story: talkSPORT

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson has said he would like to manage England when Fabio Capello steps down after Euro 2012, but he would need to have the backing of supporters and the media.
Full story: the Guardian Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher is ready to play again after a long-term illness. (Daily Record)

Celtic are sweating over the fitness of Beram Kayal after the midfielder was stretchered off following a challenge by Didier Drogba during Israel's 4-3 defeat by Ivory Coast. (Various)

Sion have named five summer signings in their squad to face Celtic in their Europa League qualifier but might not be able to play them because of a transfer embargo imposed by the Swiss Football Association. (Various)

Scotsman Martin Rennie has been named the new head coach of Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps after leading Carolina Railhawks to the NASL Conference title. (the Scotsman)

AND FINALLY

Chelsea captain John Terry insists his side are not too old to win the Premier League and Champions League double.
Full story: the Sun

Barcelona star Lionel Messi surprised photographers on a holiday to Ibiza by sporting a tattoo of his mother's face on his left shoulder. Full story: Metro

Owen Hargreaves will be given a Premier League lifeline by West Brom after a three-year injury nightmare which led to him being released by Manchester United in July. Full story: Daily Express



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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
12 Aug 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
11 Aug 11 |  Gossip
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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