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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool may rival Tottenham for the signature of Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao who is in rich goalscoring form for Internacional.
Full story: Goal.com

Arsenal face going head-to-head with Real Madrid next summer over teenage Lille forward Eden Hazard.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Midfielder Luka Modric is reportedly ready to give up his dream of joining Chelsea or Manchester United and sign a lucrative new £100,000-a-week contract with Tottenham.
Full story: Metro

Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera has said that he knows nothing about a rumoured approach for him by Tottenham.
Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool and Stoke are being linked with German striker Jeffrey Schlupp, who currently plays for Championship side Leicester.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Lazio have joined the race for QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt but are wary of entering a bidding war with Paris Saint-Germain or Sevilla.
Full story: Inside Futbol

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tried to play down fears over skipper Robin Van Persie's contract situation, but hinted the Dutchman is stalling over signing a new deal.
Full story: Metro

Bundesliga side Hamburg are rumoured to be interested in signing Stoke defender Robert Huth.
Full story: Inside Futbol

Blackburn are considering a £3m move for Celta Vigo left-back Roberto Lago, but may face competition from Villarreal. (The Sun)

Unattached striker James Beattie says he would "love" a second spell with former club Southampton but is also in talks with Sheffield United.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Inter Milan could swoop to sign Liverpool midfielder Dirk Kuyt in the January transfer window.
Full story: Caught Offside

Arsenal are considering a bid for two teenagers - Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic who is at Dynamo Zagreb and Caen attacker M'Baye Niang - in a bid to bolster Arsene Wenger's squad. Full story: Footybunker

Former Tottenham and Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda has been offered a contract by Doncaster Rovers' new boss Dean Saunders. (The Sun)

Aston Villa are preparing a January transfer bid for Rangers' in-form Scotland forward, Steven Naismith. (The Sun)

Fulham want Dundee United's Scott Allan on trial after the midfielder rejected the offer of a contract extension, but the request is likely to be rejected by Tannadice chairman Stephen Thompson. (The Sun)

Wolves have opened contract talks with James McFadden, the unattached Scotland forward who has been on trial at Molineux after recovering from long-term injury. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Manchester City player Gary Owen has slammed the behaviour of striker Carlos Tevez after the Argentine seemingly refused to come on as a substitute in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham's injury-plagued defender Ledley King has hinted that he will retire next summer if he does not play enough games to earn a new deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton defender Sylvain Distin, 33, is holding out for a new two-year contract at the club, having so far been offered only a one-year extension by Goodison officials.
Full story: Daily Express

QPR captain Joey Barton has revealed he had considered a move abroad in a bid to boost his chances of one day becoming a manager.
Full story: Metro

Serie A side Napoli have revealed that Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was a summer target to take over at the Stadio San Paulo before he joined the Stamford Bridge club.
Full story: talkSPORT

Italian side Udinese are so confident ahead of their Europa League tie against Celtic that they have rested top-scoring striker Antonio di Natale. (Daily Record)

Celtic striker Gary Hooper believes scoring in the Europa League can help him gain a place in Fabio Capello's England squad. (Daily Express)

Sion have claimed they will soon be reinstated to the Europa League in Celtic's place after the club were told they will discover within the next week whether a Swiss judge will support them in their legal battle against Uefa's decision to throw them out for fielding ineligible players. (The Scotsman)

Hearts will launch a huge security operation to protect Neil Lennon when he returns to Tynecastle - the scene of an on-field attack on the Celtic manager by a fan last season. (The Sun)

Hearts are on a collision course with the Scottish Football Association after demanding an inquest into why referee Iain Brines' disallowed a goal in the Edinburgh side's Scottish Communities League Cup defeat by Ayr United despite initially appearing to point to the centre circle. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Michael Owen's locker was defaced with a 'boring' sticker after his United team-mates got their hands on a magazine clipping that revealed the striker enjoyed completing 1,000 piece jigsaws.
Full story: Metro

Stoke striker Peter Crouch is searching for inspiration after losing a dance-off to England goalkeeper Joe Hart and reality star Louis Spence is prepared to offer him advice on how to regain his magic.
Full story: Metro

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels described Kirk Broadfoot as "the ugly boy from Rangers - the male model from Ayrshire" whose "mascara was running" after the Scotland defender had a tunnel argument following the Glasgow side's 2-0 win. (Daily Record)



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Wednesday's Scottish gossip
28 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
27 Sep 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
27 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
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Monday's Scottish gossip
26 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
24 Sep 11 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
25 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
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Saturday's Scottish gossip
24 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - September 2011
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