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  • Fulham are poised to complete a £6m deal for West Ham striker Bobby Zamora on Thursday. (Various)
  • Hamburg left-back Tomothee Atouba's mooted move to Celtic hinges on Gordon Strachan's willingness to pay £2m for the Cameroon international plus wages of around £30,000-a-week. (Scottish Daily Express)
  • Algerian international Nadir Belhadj has sent a 'sign me' plea to Celtic boss Gordon Strachan after his countryman, Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani, sold the Lens wing-back on Parkhead. (Scottish Daily Mirror)


  • Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb has agreed a four-year-deal with Barcelona and is set to sign for £15m. (The Sun)
  • The Gunners are also poised to lose Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva to Greek side Panathinaikos. (Various)
  • But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will use the cash to complete a £11.5m deal for Marseille's Samir Nasri. (The Sun)
  • Arsenal are thought to have bid £19m for Andrei Arshavin but his club Zenit St Petersburg want £24m. But his agent hopes a deal can be struck. (Star)
  • The Gunners are also interested in 22-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who is rated at £8m by his club River Plate. (The Sun)
  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has personally blocked Inter Milan's attempts to buy midfielder Frank Lampard. (Various)
  • But Inter president Massimo Moratti will seek personal talks with Abramovich in the hope of ending the stalemate. (The Sun)
  • Lampard himself has told friends he is determined to leave Chelsea and says it is time for him to go. (Daily Express)
  • The Blues may need a replacement Didier Drogba, who insists he still wants to leave Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)
  • But Chelsea have been told by Real Madrid that it will cost £30m to sign Brazil forward Robinho. (Daily Star)
  • Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni has rejected a £4.5m move to Tottenham because the London club wanted a clause in his contract preventing him playing in the Africa Cup of Nations. (Daily Express)
  • Liverpool are interested in signing Valencia's Spanish international winger David Silva. (The Sun)
  • Reds manager Rafael Benitez has turned his attention to Silva after baulking at Valencia's £32m valuation of striker David Villa. (The Sun)
  • Benitez's transfer plans have taken a further knock after Juventus hinted they will not pay £15m for midfielder Xabi Alonso. That could affect Liverpool's chances of raising the cash to sign Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. (The Sun)
  • West Ham are set to miss out on Lazio's Switzerland international midfielder Valon Behrami, who instead wants to join Werder Bremen. (The Sun)
  • Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is ready to offload a whole team of players - plus five substitutes. Sixteen players, including Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda, could be sold as Spurs look to raise £15m to sign Blackburn's David Bentley. (The Sun)
  • Sunderland have failed with a £4.5m bid for West Ham left-back George McCartney bur are set to return with an improved offer for their former player. (Star)
  • Andy Johnson is ready to tell Everton he wants to quit. Wigan's £10m bid for the striker will lead to a transfer scramble. (Daily Mirror)
  • Newcastle are closing in on Udinese's Swiss midfielder Gokham Inler after reaching the £5m buy-out clause in his contract. (Daily Mirror)
  • Blackburn are interested in signing £6m-rated Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo. (Daily Mirror)
  • Ex-Chelsea full-back Celestine Babayaro is training with Portsmouth. (Various)
  • The Cottagers also want Birmingham full-back Stephen Kelly. (The Sun)
  • Ipswich are poised to sign Southampton midfielder Rudi Skacel for £1m. But they have ended their interest in Preston keeper Andy Lonergan. (Star)
  • Cardiff are closing in on a £1.5m deal for unsettled Charlton striker Marcus Bent. (The Sun)
  • The Bluebirds are chasing Crystal Palace winger Mark Kennedy. (Daily Mirror)
  • Burnley are lining up a club record bid for Manchester United winger Chris Eagles. (Daily Star)
  • Swindon have opened talks with defender Sol Davis about a possible return six years after he left for Luton. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Fifa president Sepp Blatter has told Manchester United they should let winger Cristiano Ronaldo join Real Madrid. (Various)
  • Manchester United look to have lost another Portuguese in the form of assistant boss Carlos Queiroz, who took over as Portugal manager on Wednesday evening. (Daily Star)
  • Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has voiced his concerns that the club could be out of the title race by March. The Frenchman is worried that there could be a player exodus from the Emirates and believes that will damage the Gunners. (Various)
  • Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate insists he can lead the club into the Champions League. (The Sun)
  • Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has ordered his foreign stars to get fit quick in order to stave off another post-Christmas slump for the club. Hughes is putting them all through a gruelling boot camp in Germany. (Daily Star)
  • Reading boss Steve Coppell will tell Ibrahima Sonko he does have a future at the club. The defender refused to play in a reserve game last season, but Coppell insists the episode is now forgotten. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY

  • England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been signed up as the face of fish oil tablets in the United States. A spokesman admitted: "This new deal is a bit less glamorous than David is used to." (Daily Star)
  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has splashed out £250m on the world's most expensive house. The Russian billionaire paid the record price for a hilltop villa overlooking the French Riviera. (Daily Star)

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  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to team up Ajax striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar to replace exit-bound Emmanuel Adebayor. (Daily Star)
  • AC Milan midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is being used as bait to finance part of the cost of Adebayor. (Daily Express)
  • Frank Lampard has left Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich stunned by rejecting a £140,000-a-week deal over four years. (Daily Star)
  • And ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho has stirred things up by claiming Lampard is "the best professional" he has worked with as he tries to lure the midfielder to Inter Milan. (Various)
  • The Stamford Bridge club are considering making bids for Real Madrid forward Robinho and Valencia striker David Villa. (Independent)
  • Andrei Arshavin fears he has priced himself out of a move from Zenit St Petersburg after his impressive showing at Euro 2008. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Blackburn boss Paul Ince is ready to offer ex-Liverpool team-mate Robbie Fowler a deal if the striker, who has been offered a new one-year deal by Cardiff, can prove his fitness. (Daily Mirror)
  • Manchester City boss Mark Hughes and Aston Villa counterpart Martin O'Neill will battle it out to try to sign Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel. (Daily Mail)
  • West Ham left-back George McCartney says he wants to stay at Upton Park and not rejoin Sunderland. (Various)
  • Rangers are closing in on Watford centre-back Danny tu after having an increased bid accepted by the Hornets. (Various)
  • Reading have put a £4.5m price tag on midfielder James Harper, who is interesting Bolton and Middlesbrough. (Daily Mirror)
  • Coventry will rescue striker Freddy Eastwood by ending his unhappy spell at Wolves in a £1m deal. (Various)
  • Everton are keen on Sporting Lisbon keeper Vladimir Stojkovic as back up for first choice Tim Howard. (Various)
  • Turkish side Galatasaray want to help West Ham reduce their wage bill by buying Lucas Neill and teaming him up with fellow Australian Harry Kewell. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is shocked that former Manchester United team-mates Paul Ince and Mark Hughes have become managers. (The Sun)
  • Manchester United coach Mike Phelan is one of the favourites to replace Carlos Queiroz as assistant manager at the club. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

  • Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon says players look forward to five-a-sides as boss Roy Keane joins in and the squad see it as a "chance to kick the manager". (Daily Mirror)

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I've read all this on Teamtalk.

Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov is the subject of a bid from Manchester United, while Arsenal could sign Gareth Barry and Andrei Arshavin.

THE SUN

Manchester United have tabled an official £20million bid for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Arsenal are looking to hijack Gareth Barry's switch to Liverpool from Aston Villa.

Luiz Felipe Scolari promised Frank Lampard he would help him make a dream move to Inter Milan before he took over as Chelsea boss.

Michael Owen is set to start contract talks with Newcastle next week.

AC Milan have opened talks with Chelsea to try and bring Andrei Shevchenko back to Italy.

USA international goalkeeper Brad Guzan, currently of MLS club Chivas, is set to become Aston Villa's second summer signing.

Wigan are stepping up their efforts to sign Everton striker Andrew Johnson.

Stuttgart are close to signing Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng for £3million.

Russia boss Guus Hiddink has hinted he could manage in the Premier League in the future.

West Ham are close to signing Lazio's Switzerland international midfielder Valon Behrami.

Arsenal are finalising personal terms with Werder Bremen midfielder Amaury Bischoff.

Sunderland midfielder Dickson Etuhu is attracting interest from Wigan.

QPR are lining up a shock swoop for Real Madrid's 32-year-old defender Michel Salgado.

DAILY MIRROR

Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United in two weeks to finally put an end to the ongoing saga surrounding his future.

Russia star Andrei Arshavin is desperate to join Arsenal.

Chelsea are determined they will not be forced into selling Frank Lampard to Inter Milan in a cut-price deal.

Hull are set to sign Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis for £2.25million.

Tottenham's England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has ruled out a season-long move to West Brom.

Wigan are set to make a surprise £3.5million swoop for Middlesbrough midfielder Lee Cattermole.

Crystal Palace want to sign Luton striker Calvin Andrew.

QPR have offered £250,000 plus striker Daniel Nardiello to Blackpool in a bid to sign defender Kaspars Gorkks.

Luton manager Mick Harford has committed his future to the club.

DAILY EXPRESS

Frank Lampard is resigned to staying at Chelsea for another season.

DAILY MAIL

Manchester United have bid more than £20million for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Newcastle want Michael Owen to take a pay-cut.

Blackburn are interested in Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.

Stoke and West Brom are locked in a battle to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Sunderland will bid £5million for Reading winger Stephen Hunt.

West Brom are considering a £2million move for Charlton striker Marcus Bent.

Hull want to sign Tottenham defender Ricardo Rocha on a season-long loan.

DAILY STAR

Stoke want to sign Reading striker Dave Kitson for £4million.

Tottenham are lining up a move for Ghana striker Eric Bekoe, who currently plays in his homeland for Asante Kotoko.

THE TIMES

Liverpool are braced for a game of patience with Tottenham over the transfer of Robbie Keane.

THE INDEPENDENT

Portsmouth are poised to make a £10million bid for Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

DAILY RECORD

Rangers cannot afford Fulham's £4million asking price for Steve Davis.

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I've read all this on Teamtalk.

Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov is the subject of a bid from Manchester United' date=' while Arsenal could sign Gareth Barry and Andrei Arshavin.

THE SUN

Manchester United have tabled an official £20million bid for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Arsenal are looking to hijack Gareth Barry's switch to Liverpool from Aston Villa.

Luiz Felipe Scolari promised Frank Lampard he would help him make a dream move to Inter Milan before he took over as Chelsea boss.

Michael Owen is set to start contract talks with Newcastle next week.

AC Milan have opened talks with Chelsea to try and bring Andrei Shevchenko back to Italy.

USA international goalkeeper Brad Guzan, currently of MLS club Chivas, is set to become Aston Villa's second summer signing.

Wigan are stepping up their efforts to sign Everton striker Andrew Johnson.

Stuttgart are close to signing Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng for £3million.

Russia boss Guus Hiddink has hinted he could manage in the Premier League in the future.

West Ham are close to signing Lazio's Switzerland international midfielder Valon Behrami.

Arsenal are finalising personal terms with Werder Bremen midfielder Amaury Bischoff.

Sunderland midfielder Dickson Etuhu is attracting interest from Wigan.

QPR are lining up a shock swoop for Real Madrid's 32-year-old defender Michel Salgado.

DAILY MIRROR

Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United in two weeks to finally put an end to the ongoing saga surrounding his future.

Russia star Andrei Arshavin is desperate to join Arsenal.

Chelsea are determined they will not be forced into selling Frank Lampard to Inter Milan in a cut-price deal.

Hull are set to sign Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis for £2.25million.

Tottenham's England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has ruled out a season-long move to West Brom.

Wigan are set to make a surprise £3.5million swoop for Middlesbrough midfielder Lee Cattermole.

Crystal Palace want to sign Luton striker Calvin Andrew.

QPR have offered £250,000 plus striker Daniel Nardiello to Blackpool in a bid to sign defender Kaspars Gorkks.

Luton manager Mick Harford has committed his future to the club.

DAILY EXPRESS

Frank Lampard is resigned to staying at Chelsea for another season.

DAILY MAIL

Manchester United have bid more than £20million for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Newcastle want Michael Owen to take a pay-cut.

Blackburn are interested in Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.

Stoke and West Brom are locked in a battle to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Sunderland will bid £5million for Reading winger Stephen Hunt.

West Brom are considering a £2million move for Charlton striker Marcus Bent.

Hull want to sign Tottenham defender Ricardo Rocha on a season-long loan.

DAILY STAR

Stoke want to sign Reading striker Dave Kitson for £4million.

Tottenham are lining up a move for Ghana striker Eric Bekoe, who currently plays in his homeland for Asante Kotoko.

THE TIMES

Liverpool are braced for a game of patience with Tottenham over the transfer of Robbie Keane.

THE INDEPENDENT

Portsmouth are poised to make a £10million bid for Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

DAILY RECORD

Rangers cannot afford Fulham's £4million asking price for Steve Davis.[/quote']

Its from BBC Sport.

Its also on BBCi, press red button, 303, Football Gossip

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  • Fulham midfielder Lee Cook, who has not played for the club since his move from QPR because of injury, is a target for Wolves and Sheffield United. (News of the World)

  • Fulham have emerged as favourites to sign Everton striker Andrew Johnson for £10m after having a £5m bid rejected. (Various)

  • However, West Ham have bid £11m for the striker and look likely to beat Wigan and Fulham to his signature. (News of the World)



  • Frank Lampard will sign a pre-contract agreement with Inter Milan on 1 January in a deal worth £160,000-a-week. (News of the World)
  • But the Italian side have not given up hope of securing Lampard's signature before the start of the new season and have offered Brazilian striker Adriano in a part exchange deal worth £15m. (The Observer)
  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to lose £16m to keep Lampard at Stamford Bridge next season. The Blues will lose out on a £10m transfer fee and will pay his £6.1m-a-year wages. (News of the World)
  • Manchester City have still not given up hope of signing Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho on a £200,000-a-week deal. (News of the World)
  • Manchester United have struck a £24m deal with Tottenham for striker Dimitar Berbatov but the transfer is on hold until the north London club can find a replacement. (News of the World)
  • Spurs have already rejected a £20m bid for the Bulgarian striker but would sell for £25m. (Various)
  • Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz has been lined up to replace Berbatov at White Hart Lane. (News of the World)
  • Tottenham have launched a bid to hijack Barcelona's move for Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin and will offer Zenit St Petersburg £18m for the player. (Mail on Sunday)
  • Spurs are also considering a move for Spartak Moscow's Roman Pavlyuchenko and Espanyol striker Luis Garcia. (Mail on Sunday)
  • Blackburn have targeted Valencia winger Joaquin as a replacement for David Bentley and will pay £16m for the Portuguese international. (The People)
  • The bitter war of words between Liverpool and Aston Villa threatens to destroy Gareth Barry's move to Anfield. (News of the World)
  • Barry is also interesting Arsenal and the Gunners could hijack Liverpool's bid to sign the England midfielder. (Sunday Express)
  • Portsmouth midfielder Nico Kranjcar is another Arsene Wenger target and would cost the club in the region of £15m. (Sunday Express)
  • Sulley Muntari could also be on his way out of Fratton Park with Juventus keen to sign the midfielder for £12m. (Sunday Mirror)
  • Arsenal are lining up a £10m bid for Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins if Emmanuel Adebayor leaves the club to join AC Milan. (Sunday Express)
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari is lining up Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho as a replacement for Lampard. (The People)
  • David Beckham is the latest person to come out and advise Cristiano Ronaldo that he should join Real Madrid. (News of the World)
  • Portsmouth are hoping to complete a £10m deal for Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Reading left-back Nicky Shorey has also been linked with a move to Pompey. (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Jermaine Pennant has been told he can leave Liverpool and Blackburn are ready to bid £3m for the winger. (The People)
  • Sunderland have made an approach for Tottenham's £4m-rated midfielder Steed Malbranque. (News of the World)
  • Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill wants to sign Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Freidel, despite agreeing a £2m deal to sign fellow American keeper Brad Guzan. (The People)
  • Manchester City will bid £1.6m to tempt West Ham full-back Lucas Neill to Eastlands. (News of the World)
  • City are also close to agreeing a £5m deal to sign Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim. (Sunday Telegraph)
  • David Moyes is hoping to persuade Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva to join Everton, even though the Brazilian is close to agreeing a move to Greek side Panathinaikos. (The People)
  • Michael Owen has been offered a new four-year deal worth £16m to stay at Newcastle. (The People)
  • Newcastle have offered a trial to 22-year-old Metz defender Sebastien Bassong who is also a target for Everton. (News of the World)
  • Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has bid £9m for Monaco playmaker Jeremy Menez but the French club are holding out for £12m. (News of the World)
  • Newcastle midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has said it would be a dream to play for Arsenal. (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants to sign Espanyol winger Alvert Riera who was on-loan at Manchester City two years ago. (Sunday Mirror)
  • Stoke look favourites to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson for £4m. (Sunday Mirror)
  • Celtic's Lee Naylor looks set to join Sunderland after Roy Keane had a £2m bid accepted by the Scottish club. (News of the World)
  • The Cottagers are planning a £4m bid for Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara after failing to land him on loan. (Various)
  • Everton have taken Sporting Lisbon's Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic on trial with a view to signing him on loan. (The Sunday Times)
  • Slovakia left-back Marek Cech is close to signing for West Brom from Porto. (The People)
  • Stoke are close to signing Jamaican midfielder Rudolph Austin from Portmore for £1m. (News of the World)
  • New Blackburn boss Paul Ince wants to sign Wolves defender Kevin Foley and will pay £1.5m for his services. (News of the World)
  • Cardiff boss David Jones is hoping to sign Bolton striker Heidar Helguson on loan (The People)
  • Watford defender Danny tu is close to completing a £1.5m move to Rangers. (The Observer)
  • Coventry midfielder Jay Tabb is being tracked by QPR and Reading. (The People)
  • Doncaster are keen to sign Darren Byfield who has been released by Bristol City. (News of the World)
  • Winger Michael Barnes is on trial at Bristol City after he was released by Man Utd. (News of the World)
  • Celtic hope to sign Le Mans defender Marko Basa this week - if the French club agree to drop their £7.5m asking price. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson has pulled out of planned showdown talks with Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon and will instead push ahead with plans to sign Dimitar Berbatov. (Mail on Sunday)
  • QPR manager Iain Dowie will get sacked, even if he guides the club to Promotion. Dowie has agreed a £1m pay-off if the west London club reach the Premier League as billionaire owners Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone would want a high profile manager. (The People)
  • Ferguson is targeting Tottenham coach Gus Poyet as his new assistant manager after Carlos Queiroz left the club to take over as the new manager of Portugal. (The People)
  • New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted he was scared when he arrived at the club's training ground for the first time. (News of the World)
  • Everton manager David Moyes has started talks on a new contract at Goodison Park thought to be worth around £3m-a-year. (News of the World)
  • Uefa president Michel Platini wants to ban all transfers involving players under 18 years of age to stop Premier League clubs poaching players from academies. (Various)
  • Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd is close to finalising a £20m takeover of Spanish side Real Mallorca. (Sunday Mirror)

AND FINALLY

  • Wayne Rooney and new wife Colleen have upset family and friends by scrapping plans for a second wedding in the UK after getting married in Italy last month. (News of the World)
  • Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has proposed to his girlfriend Olalla and the pair will wed next summer. (News of the World)

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the thing most stupid i have heard:

NEXT SENSATION FROM PFC KURUVCHI: ETO’O, XAVI, INIESTA, PUYOL ARE INVITED TO THE TEAM

Dear football fans, as often a professional football club Kuruvchi has accustomed you to his new inventions, but in this time Kuruvchi, wants to please you dear fans with an extremely sensational invention.

Professional football club Kuruvchi, informs you which makes the ordinary steps for the development of football in the country. One of them - we began to seriously work with the managers of the world's leading soccer clubs. In particular, we signed contract with the team Barcelona valid “year plus year” for the fact that eight managers in their early time will come to Tashkent and each of them lines a direct support for PFC Kuruvchi and raise the level of work in the club to higher class.

In addition, we invited Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'O from Barcelona for master-class and negotiations about his possible participation in Kuruvchi team. The striker will arrive to Tashkent on July 17th and if the negotiations is successfull he will play in the second half of championship of Uzbekistan. In our view, this great football player is well known by you. The greatest benefit from him the staff of Kuruvchi is waiting in the games of AFC Champions League 2008.

The next step would be the date 20th – 21st of July. These days in Tashkent will arrive the new champions of Europe, players of Barcelona. Namely, the best player of European championship – 2008 midfielder Xavi, and also one more midfielder Andres Iniesta and defender Carlos Puyol. They come to show master-class which hopefully will develop football in Uzbekistan.

Dear fans of football continue to expect pleasant surprises of PFC Kuruvchi!

Since when Eto'o goes to Uzbekistan?

Since they posted it on site the club received a lot of calls by journalists and fans and they emmit a new communicated:

ONCE AGAIN ABOUT ETO’O

In connection with information on arrival Barcelonan and Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'O to the team PFC Kuruvchi which was distributed by us earlier, to address of the club continuously received calls and letters through e-mail from different countries.

Transition Cameroonian to Kuruvchi, the management of club in addition informed the following:

- Yes, in fact Eto’O will arrive in Tashkent at night from 16th to 17th of July. And in Tashkent will be finally discussed the question on performance of forward for Kuruvchi in second half of Prime League of Uzbekistan.

This guys drugs themselves.

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Seems it will be true.. :s

Exclusive: Eto'o In Uzbekistan To Sign Mega Deal

Samuel Eto'o could make an incredible move to Uzbekistan side Kuruvchi after flying to the country to discuss a mega offer to play for them' date=' Goal.com can exclusively reveal.

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A club official told this website that they expect the Cameroon international to pen a short-term contract this week to allow him to appear in the Asian Champions League.

The transfer is reported to make Eto'o one of the highest earning players in the world if he accepts and his arrival in Uzbekistan - originally supposed to be just for promotional purposes - has pushed the deal even closer.

"He is is Tashkent and will sign a contract tomorrow," the Kuruvchi official told Goal.com. "He will sign for three or six months, we will have to see about that.

"It is a big signing in the world of football and, of course, for all people in Uzbekistan. He will play in the Asian Champions League and then we will see."

Eto'o has been told that he is no longer part of Barcelona's plans and along with the usual list of big name clubs aspiring to sign him was one unusual offer.

According to reports, the striker was offered the chance to become one of the best paid footballers ever with a contract worth €40m on the table if he chose to go to Uzbekistan.

L'Equipe have quoted the club as denying that the amount is that high, but confirming that a bid had been made and it was now down to the player to choose.

Barcelona Agree Cut-Price Sale?

It is not clear if the deal is done yet, but the Uzbek club seem confident that everything is in place, including a deal with Barcelona.

"The defining moment of the transfer was not money, but the friendly mutual relations between the management of our club and Barcelona," added Kuruvuchi. "The personal friendship between the presidents of the clubs has noticeably lowered the transfer fee.

Eto'o was photographed (above right) disembarking from his flight to Uzbekistan, where he will be given a tour and shown the local club's facilities and what he could expect if he chose to move there.

The primary purpose of the trip was to promote football in the country, we understand, and other Barcelona players could also visit Uzbekistan in the coming weeks.

However, these comments and the claimed agreement throw open the possibility that the Cameroon international could make a short and highly profitable pitstop in between his European club career.

It is an incredible story for a player that has also been linked with Milan, Inter, Arsenal and Chelsea and would see him put the Asian country on the map of world football.

Barca Looking For Replacements

Still on official summer holiday from Barça, Eto'o has stated that he will not discuss what he will do next publicly until he reports back to Camp Nou. Negotiations have been planned and coach Pep Guardiola has hinted that if the player does not leave the club then he would be incorporated into the squad like any other player.

President Joan Laporta has confirmed that Eto'o will be leaving the club and he hopes that the forward will be able to go with his head held high like Ronaldinho.

"Eto'o is expected on the 19th and we will see the available options for him to play for another club. This is a decision of Barça, the technical secretary and the backroom team," he said.

"We have a very good relationship with Eto'o and his representative. We will do the best for the club and the player. We want him to leave like Ronaldinho, with big honours."

Technical secretary Txiki Begiristain is prepared to listen to any club that is prepared to come close to Barça's asking price for Eto'o and is hopeful a deal can be done soon.

"There are many teams interested in him. We hope that he can agree terms with a club he likes and negotiate with that club," he explained.

if he moves.. the football world never will be the same..:rolleyes:

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BREAKING GOSSIP


  • Andrei Arshavin has said he will leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer and, with a move to Barcelona looking unlikely, the 27-year-old Russian has not ruled out a move to London. He has also distanced himself with reports linking him with Real Madrid. (AFP, 1126 BST)

  • The agent of former Manchester United and Bolton midfielder Quinton Fortune has said Portsmouth, Ipswich and Blackburn are all interested in signing the South African. (Sky Sports, 1119 BST)

  • Barcelona's dialogue with Arsenal over Emmanuel Adebayor appears "broken" so the Catalan giants are turning their attention to Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov. (Marca, 1045 BST)

  • Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster wants to sign Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburg. (Marca, 1043 BST)

  • Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to sign Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips for Portsmouth. (Sky Sports, 1039 BST)

  • Newcastle target Pablo Aimar is poised to complete move from Real Zaragoza to Benfica, subject to a medical, after the two clubs agreed a fee. (Real Zaragoza and Benfica official websites, 1030 BST)

TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Real Madrid and Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder has said the Spanish champions do not need Cristiano Ronaldo as he will "disrupt" the squad. He also accused the Portuguese winger of going missing in big games and said his wages will cause a dressing room revolt at the Bernabeu. (Various)

  • Frank Lampard will be allowed to leave Chelsea if Inter Milan stump up £20m for the England midfielder. (Daily Star)

  • Inter boss Jose Mourinho has said he is prepared to wait until the final day of the transfer window to secure Lampard's signature. (Daily Mirror)

  • Liverpool are edging closer to signing Robbie Keane and will submit an improved bid for the Tottenham striker after making him their top priority ahead of signing Gareth Barry. (Various)

  • Newcastle and Everton are battling for Tottenham full-back Pascal Chimbonda who will cost about £4m. (The Sun)

  • Claude Makelele will be the first high profile name to leave Chelsea this summer as he eyes a move to Paris St Germain. (The Sun)

  • Sevilla winger Diego Capel has admitted he would consider leaving the Spanish club to join Tottenham who have been linked with a £12.5m bid for 20-year-old. (Various)

  • Newcastle have missed out on signing Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar, who has opted to join Benfica. (Various)

  • Magpies boss Kevin Keegan has also had a £3m bid for Blackburn full-back Stephen Warnock rejected. (The Times)

  • Keegan will now turn his attentions to Steaua Bucharest's £2.5m-rated full-back Dorin Goian. (Daily Star)

  • Cameroon midfielder Stephane M'Bia is set to become Everton's first signing of the summer in a £4m deal from Rennes. (Daily Mirror)

  • Wigan have completed a £1m loan deal for Egyptian striker Amr Zaki with a view to a permanent move. (Daily Mail)

  • Latics manager Steve Bruce has also lodged a £3m bid for Middlesbrough midfielder Lee Cattermole. (Daily Mail)

  • Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel has been linked with a move to Manchester City. (The Times)

  • Blackburn have taken Red Star Belgrade and Ecuador midfielder Segundo Castillo on trial and he may feature on the club's tour to Germany. (Daily Mirror)

  • Rovers boss Paul Ince is also keen to take Keith Andrews, his captain while at MK Dons, to Ewood Park. (Daily Mirror)

  • Ince has made a late bid to hijack Scott Carson's move to Stoke as Brad Friedel looks set to complete a move to Aston Villa. (Daily Mail)

  • Robbie Savage's Derby career looks to be over after just six months at Pride Park as Paul Jewell looks to get the Welshman off the wage bill. (Daily Mirror)

  • Fulham are ready to spend £3.5m to land Middlesbrough right-back Luke Young. (The Sun)

  • Rangers have rebuffed a last-ditch attempt by Danny tu to revive his £1.5m move from Watford. (Daily Mail)

  • Hibernian striker Abdessalam Benjelloun is a target for Belgian clubs Anderlecht and Westerloo. (Daily Record)

  • Birmingham are in talks with Derby County for Scotland midfielder Stephen Pearson. (The Times)

  • Wolves have made a £1.75m bid for Sheffield Wednesday defender Mark Beevers. (Daily Mirror)

  • Luton Town, who will start life in League Two with a 30 point deduction, have put their entire playing staff up for sale. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • England manager Fabio Capello has said he aims to meet all Premier League managers for a post match drink in order to build good relationships. (Daily Express)

  • Manchester City manager Mark Hughes insists the £25m the club planned to spend on Ronaldinho will not go to waste. (Daily Star)

  • The Premier League has appointed the Metropolitan Police's Commander charged with reducing violent crime, Barry Norman. His job will be to deflect youngsters into sport and football and away from knife, gun and gang crime. (Daily Express)

AND FINALLY

  • Manchester City are turning to feng shui in a bid to help them become successful on the pitch. Magic crystals have been buried under the Eastlands turf and reception areas, offices and the club shop have been filled with lucky fortune trees, three-legged monkey toads and buddhas. (Daily Mirror)

  • A group of Man City fans who hired a trawler to take them to watch their side's Uefa Cup qualifying game in the Faroe Islands had to abandon their trip due to stormy seas. After an eight hour drive to Aberdeen, followed by an overnight ferry to the Shetland Islands, the group were forced to turn around as the eight-foot Atlantic waves got the better of them. (Various)

  • West Ham's players are said to be angry after being forced to fly economy class in two separate planes for a friendly in Canada against MLS team Columbus Crew. The MLS had told West Ham they would be flown business class but the travel firm they were using went bust. (The Sun)

  • Portsmouth have been granted permission for a new £15m training ground - as long as they help pay for the upkeep of local badgers. (Daily Star)

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Poom for Spireites?

Rumours on Chesterfield Rivals Forum, that Mart Poom has been offered a 2 year deal to become Spireites Goalkeeper.

The rumour, from a decent source, states that Poom is to make a decision sometime in the next 4 or 5 days..........we shall wait and see.

Widdy

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Latest news concerning Norway's hottest

property: Per Ciljan Skjelbred.

Rosenborg midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred would be

open to a move to Newcastle United, according to

the player's advisor.

The 21-year-old impressed during last season's UEFA

Champions League group stages and has reportedly

caught the eye of a number of European clubs.

Newcastle are among those sides linked with the

Norway international, but Skjelbred's advisor has

explained he has yet to receive an approach from

the St James' Park club.

Andreas Ekker said: "All the clubs from the big

leagues have been watching him.

Very ambitious:

"So far what I can say is that nobody from

Newcastle has come to me. There has been

no contact in that way yet.

"He is very ambitious, and if Newcastle came

to us with an offer, then we would have to

seriously consider it.

"We would look at the total package they

would offer us, including how the coach

would use him.

"We know there are several clubs interested

that have watched him at both club and

international level, but nobody has come in with

a concrete bid."

Per_Ciljan_Skjelbred_34101e.jpg

(from Sky Sports News)

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  • Chelsea's world record bid to sign AC Milan forward Kaka will cost the Blues anything from £50m to £119m with 10% going to the player himself, but the Serie A side insist he is not for sale. (Various)
  • If Kaka does move to west London it will spark a £114m chain of transfers with Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor going to AC Milan and Blackburn's Roque Santa moving to the Emirates. (Sunday Times)
  • Real Madrid forward Robinho could be another Brazilian heading to Chelsea after his agent revealed the club have proposed a firm offer. (Sunday Telegraph)


  • Juventus are ready to launch a £15m bid for Arsenal's Robin van Persie, who they see as an ideal replacement for Pavel Nedved. (News of the World)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor will stay at Arsenal if the Gunners offer him £100,000-a-week. (News of the World)
  • Gareth Barry's proposed move to Liverpool is in doubt as the deal hinges on Xabi Alonso leaving the club, but the Spaniard wants to remain at Anfield. (News of the World)
  • But the Reds will make one final attempt to sign the England midfielder and will increase their cash offer to £16m. (Sunday Times)
  • If Liverpool fail in their attempts to sign Barry, Rafael Benitez will turn his attentions to Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. (News of the World)
  • Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has said he is looking at offloading five or six players to finance a bid for Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. (The People)
  • Manchester United striker Louis Saha is wanted back at Fulham, while Sunderland and Wigan are also interested in the Frenchman. (News of the World)
  • Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson is stalling over a signing a new contract, which has alerted Everton, Liverpool and Aston Villa. (Sunday Express)
  • Aston Villa are interested in signing Robert Green from West Ham after it emerged the goalkeeper is less than happy with his current deal at Upton Park. (News of the World)
  • Sunderland have failed with a £4m bid for Man Utd midfielder Darren Fletcher and may increase their offer to £5m. (News of the World)
  • Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham are chasing Ivory Coast international Aruna Dindane from Racing Lens. (News of the World)
  • Hull City hope to make Portsmouth's Sean Davis their seventh signing of the summer for around £2.25m. (News of the World)
  • Premier League duo Everton and Bolton are tracking 18-year-old Tranmere striker Terry Gornell who is yet to make his first-team debut. (News of the world)
  • Wolves are set to make a move for Celtic central defender Bobo Balde who has been told he can leave Parkhead as a free agent. (News of the World)
  • Sheffiled United have made a £2.5m bid for Watford striker Darius Henderson, who is seen as an ideal replacement for Derby bound Rob Hulse. (News of the World)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has branded Cristiano Ronaldo "a silly little boy" who should be made to do as he is told at Manchester United. Jordan also slammed the state of modern football and said: "Footballers live on an island called 'Footballers World' where everything they do is right and everything that is said about them is wrong." (News of the World)
  • Dimitar Berbatov has been fined a week's wages by Tottenham manager Juande Ramos for being moody on the club's pre-season jaunt to Spain. (The People)
  • Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has said he would love to return to the club as a coach. (Sunday Express)

AND FINALLY...

  • Fabio Capello is going head-to-head with ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, now in charge of Mexico, as both countries have targeted the same hotel to stay in for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. (News of the World)
  • Liverpool's team coach, which escorted the players and staff to and from their Swiss training camp, is emblazoned with the slogan: "Wenger: Always Leading the Way". (News of the World)

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More Skelbred news from

Aftenposten, Norway's

national newspaper.

(Translated into english)

Aftenposten:

Rosenborg's Playmaker Skjelbred Linked To Several Of Europe's Elite Clubs.

Premier League club Newcastle United have shown interest in Rosenborg’s playmaker Per Ciljan Skjelbred, although his advisor Andreas Ekker says the Magpies are yet to make an official approach.

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan who had a mixed return to St James' Park last season, has already started strengthening his squad for the upcoming season, and has made Norwegian Skjelbred a main target.

21-year old Per Ciljan Skjelbred's impressive performances for Rosenborg have caught the attention of many leading clubs.

“All the clubs from the big leagues have been watching him, scouts from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Inter Milan have been to watch him play in recent weeks”. Skjelbred’s advisor Andreas Ekker said.

“So far what I can say is that there has been no contact with Newcastle or anyone else as yet”.

“He is very ambitious, and if Newcastle came to us with an offer, then we would have to seriously consider it".

There is also a strong rumour that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has urged Sir Alex Ferguson to make a move for Skjelbred, before any of europe's elite make a move. Our national hero wants Skjelbred to make his Manchester United debut against Espanyol on August 2nd. which will be Solskjær's testamonial match for the English champions.

Rosenborg are reluctant to sell, but are resigned to the fact that he will go in the next few weeks, given the status of the clubs interested in signing Skjelbred.

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  • Furious Everton boss David Moyes will delay Andy Johnson's £10m move to Fulham until he finds a replacement after the striker pulled out of a pre-season friendly at the last minute. (Daily Star)

  • Tottenham are ready to let striker Dimitar Berbatov join AC Milan for a cut-price £25m to stop the Bulgarian going to Manchester United. (The Sun)
  • Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel is in limbo over his £2.5m switch to Aston Villa. The American's transfer hinges on Rovers getting the green light to sign Spurs' Paul Robinson. (The Sun)


  • However, Robinson is closing in on a move to Ewood Park and Blackburn boss Paul Ince expects to be able to announce a deal for the England goalkeeper by the weekend. (The Times)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor fears he has blown his move to Barcelona as the Spanish club are unimpressed by the Arsenal striker's attitude and will not pay the £37.5m asking price. (The Sun)
  • But Moyes is already planning to spend the money from the Johnson sale on £20m-rated CSKA striker Wagner Love. (The Sun)
  • Liverpool and Aston Villa remain at loggerheads over the transfer of Gareth Barry, with Villa boss Martin O'Neill maintaining that he still wants £18m straight cash for the England midfielder. (Daily Express)
  • Manchester City expect to hold talks with Tal Ben-Haim over the next 48 hours after offering Chelsea a package worth £4m for the Israel defender. (The Times)
  • Sunderland boss Roy Keane is making a £6m move for Celtic's Ireland winger Aidan McGeady. (Daily Mirror)
  • Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate will make a £5m swoop for Reading's James Harper this weekend after selling Lee Cattermole to Wigan. (Various)
  • Hull have agreed a £2.5m fee with Tottenham for centre-back Anthony Gardner. (Daily Mirror)
  • The Premier League newcomers are also poised to sign Nigerian international Seyi Olofinjana after agreeing a £2m fee with Wolves for the midfielder. (Daily Star)
  • And Hull boss Phil Brown has claimed a deal for Wigan striker Marlon King is "almost 90% done". (The Guardian)
  • Blackburn boss Paul Ince is ready to make a £6m bid for Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, but he may have to increase the bid. (The Sun)
  • West Ham plan to offer teenage striker Freddie Sears a long-term deal in a bid to stave off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (The Sun)
  • Nottingham Forest have joined QPR in the race to sign Crystal Palace's £2m midfielder Ben Watson. (Daily Mirror)
  • West Brom are ready to make an improved bid of £2m for Bolton defender Abdoulaye Meite. (Daily Star)
  • Wolves are leading the chase to sign freed Celtic defender Bobo Balde. (Daily Record)
  • Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has opened the door for Rangers to take England Under-21 midfielder Adam Johnson on loan. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has claimed the Premier League champions should grant team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo his wish and let him join Real Madrid. (The Times)
  • Midfielder Paul Scholes, who has one year remaining on his Manchester United contract, plans to retire in two years' time. (Various)
  • Real Madrid stars Raul and Guti have said they would welcome Manchester United winger Ronaldo with open arms. (Daily Mirror)
  • Chelsea are bracing themselves for another huge increase in player salaries that could take their annual wage bill close to £150m as the recent round of contract renegotiations is set to continue. (The Times)
  • Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has pleaded with Spurs captain Robbie Keane to move to Anfield. (Daily Star)
  • Manchester United and Portsmouth, who play each other in a friendly in Nigeria on Sunday, must cover up at night and take malaria tablets after Arsenal defender Kolo Toure contracted the disease while in his native Ivory Coast. (The Sun)
  • Sheffield Wednesday's proposed takeover has edged a step closer after Wednesdayite, the supporters' group, urged members to vote in favour of selling their shares. (The Times)
  • Great Britain must field a football team in the London 2012 Games, says the chairman of the British Olympic Association Lord Moynihan. (Daily Express)
  • Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb says "political differences" are undermining boss Arsene Wenger's plans for the new season. (Daily Telegraph)

AND FINALLY...

  • Help The Aged has hit out at Sir Alex Ferguson for branding Chelsea a bunch of old-timers.
    The charity's spokesperson Kate Joplin said: "In 2008, age is no longer an acceptable yardstick to measure a person's worth or potential. There's a lot to be said for experience." (The Sun)

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  • Sunderland manager Roy Keane is to continue his ambitious summer recruitment plans by bidding up to £7m for Taye Ismaila Taiwo, the Marseille left-back who was named African young player of the year in 2006. (The Times)
  • Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has told one of his closest pals - Portugal and Real Madrid centre-half Pepe - that he wants to join him and move to the Bernabau. (The Sun)
  • Wigan's England striker Emile Heskey is a shock £6m target for wealthy Greek giants Panathinaikos and new boss Henk Ten Cate. (Daily Mirror)


  • Russian ace Andrei Arshavin risks pricing himself out of a dream move to England with wage demands of £100,000 a week, along with club Zenit St Petersburg's £16m price tag. (Daily Mirror)
  • Furious Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has told Liverpool to get on with thier move for Gareth Barry or they will be barred from signing him. (Daily Mirror)
  • O'Neill has offered Barry a peace pact - along with a place in Villa's Intertoto Cup squad for the Odense match - and is ready to bury the hatchet after telling the England midfielder: "I want you to stay". (The Sun)
  • AS Monaco have denied a claim by Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp that they made a £12m bid for Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar. (The Times)
  • If Redknapp sells Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari to Inter Milan for £12m, he intends to splash the cash on Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Daily Star)
  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces a tough battle to prise away teenage forward Victor Moses from Crystal Palace, with the London club wanting three times the £1m he is prepared to offer. (The Sun)
  • Liverpool's young Argentine winger Sebastian Leto is set to go on loan to Greek club Olympiakos for a season. (The Sun)
  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis is in talks with Nuremberg's Angelos Charisteas about a £3m move, although the Greek striker has already turned down Ipswich. (Daily Star)
  • Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Ince, having pulled out of a deal for £6m-rated Ecudorian midfielder Segundo Castillo, is still trying to land Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant. (Daily Mail)
  • Tottenham have accepted a bid of around £3m from Blackburn Rovers for their goalkeeper Paul Robinson. (The Independent)
  • Newcastle's increasingly desperate hunt for a new central defender has caused them to look again at the Argentinian international Fabricio Coloccini, a mainstay of the Deportivo La Coruna team. (The Independent)
  • Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is desperate to re-sign Welsh international striker David Cotterill on loan from Wigan Athletic. (Sheffield Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is set to miss the start of the season after his mother died in a blaze horror in Nigeria. (The Sun)
  • Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, 20, has been offered a new deal by boss Mark Hughes after recently being linked with Liverpool, Everton and Spurs. (The Sun)
  • England defender Rio Ferdinand has flown home early from Manchester United's tour of South Africa for the birth of his second child after his fiancee Rebecca Ellison went into labour. (Daily Star)
  • Sir Alex Ferguson is the hot favourite to manage a Great Britain football team at the 2012 Olympics in London as the prospect of an entry grows. (Various)
  • Manchester United are considering offers to play in India next summer after being approached to become the first leading Premier League club to visit the world's emerging financial powerhouse. (Various)

AND FINALLY...

  • Newly promoted to the Premier League, West Bromwich Albion are scheduled to kick off the season without a shirt sponsor - although the club are in talks with several companies to replace former sponsor T-Mobile. Fans buying replica shirts have been promised that a sponsor's logo will be put on free of charge at a later date. (The Times)
  • Middlesbrough striker Mido reckons he is fitter than ever after forgoing a summer holiday in an effort to lose weight for the new season. (The Times)
  • Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic has denied that he left Everton only an hour after arriving for a trial last week. "I'm not a troublemaker," he said. (The Times)
  • England's Italian boss Fabio Capello will allow himself to be submerged into the culture of his adopted country after agreeing to sample a genuine English boozer as part of a new TV show called 'Off the Bar' by Sky Sports. (Daily Express)

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  • Blackburn boss Paul Ince will try to complete a deal for £6m-rated Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant. (Daily Mail)
  • Gareth Barry will demand that Aston Villa sell him to Liverpool after Villa last night said the Merseyside club had missed a deadline to sign the midfielder. (Various)
  • Arsenal could also renew their interest in Gareth Barry in a player-exchange deal with Villa. (The Sun)
  • Tottenham are poised to complete a £50m double swoop for Russian strike duo Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin. (Various)
  • Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is wanted by Paris St Germain but is holding out for his testimonial at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)
  • Celtic defender Bobo Balde hopes to sign a one-year deal at Sunderland and move to Wearside on a free transfer. (Various)
  • West Ham and Manchester City are chasing highly-rated Nancy defender Michael Chretien. (Daily Mail)
  • Newcastle have been told by Deportivo La Coruna to cough up £10m if they want defender Fabricio Coloccini while Spurs are also said to be chasing the Argentine. (Various)
  • Portsmouth and Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Espanyol's £5m-rated goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. (Daily Mail)
  • West Brom are closing in on Charlton defender Madrid Bougherra after having a £2.3m-bid accepted, while boss Tony Mowbray has also made an offer for Bolton centre-back Abdoulaye Meite. (Various)
  • Younes Kaboul is set for a late £5m switch from Tottenham to Portsmouth after the defender previously agreed terms with Sunderland. (Various)
  • Zenit St Petersburg claim they still have not been contacted by Tottenham regarding a possible deal to take Andrei Arshavin to White Hart Lane. (BBC Sport)
  • Hull boss Phil Brown wants to re-sign Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell. (Daily Express)
  • Celtic have opened talks with Barcelona about signing midfielder Marc Crosas in a permanent deal but will have to stump up £2.5m to sign him. (Daily Record)
  • Chelsea are unlikely to allow Andriy Shevechko to rejoin AC Milan on a free transfer. (The Times)
  • Swindon are set to swoop for midfielder Lilian Nalis and Nigerian left-back Yinka Casal. (The Sun)
  • Bristol City are close to signing Crewe striker Nicky Maynard after having a £2m bid accepted. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is being targeted by CSKA Moscow to become their new manager. (Daily Mirror)
  • Everton are close to securing manager David Moyes on a new contract worth £60,000 a week. (Various)
  • Arsenal stand to pocket up to £7m from David Bentley's move from Blackburn to Tottenham as part of the terms of his transfer to Ewood Park in 2006. (Various)

AND FINALLY...

  • Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to stay at Manchester United after arranging for two giant whirlpool hot tubs to be installed in his house in Cheshire. (Daily Star)
  • West Ham boss Alan Curbishley says he's not a gambling man after finding himself as the favourite to be the first Premier League boss to be sacked this season. (Various)
  • Man City gaffer Mark Hughes has banned mobile phones, iPods, agents and unscheduled visitors at his team's Carrington training base. (Various)
  • Robbie Savage's career at Derby looks dicey after the former Blackburn and Leicester midfielder was left out of the pre-season matches with chairman Adam Pearson insisting he has to "fight hard" to win his place back. (Guardian)

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  • Jimmy Bullard has dashed Wigan's hopes fo re-signing him by saying he is happy at Fulham. (The Sun)
  • Tottenham's bid for Andrei Arshavin has stalled as Russian side Zenit St Petersburg want £24m, not the £16m Spurs are offering. (The Sun)
  • Meanwhile, Spurs have pulled out of a move for Real Zaragoza's Argentine striker Diego Milito. (The Times)
  • Chelsea are preparing a £25m swoop for Werder Bremen's Brazilian midfielder Diego. (Daily Star, Daily Express)
  • Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill wants to take Manchester United's French defender Mikael Silvestre on a year's loan. (Daily Mail)
  • Arsenal are closing in on a £10m deal for Udinese's Swiss midfielder Gohkan Inler. (Daily Star)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo will tell Sir Alex Ferguson in person next week that he wants to join Real Madrid. (Various)
  • Everton boss David Moyes wants to get rid of left-back Leighton Baines just a year after signing him for £6m. Moyes wants to trade him for Blackburn's Stephen Warnock. (The Sun)
  • Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is on the brink of joining Spurs. (Daily Star)
  • Bolton have rejected a £1.75m bid for defender Abdoulaye Meite. (Daily Mail)
  • Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dismissed rumours linking the Catalan club with a move for Juventus' French hitman David Trezeguet. (Independent)
  • Blackburn boss Paul Ince reckons the signing of Chilean midfielder Carlos Villaneuva, 22, will help fans forget about the sale of DavidBentley to Tottenham. (Various)
  • Everton have enquired about the availability of Club America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, according to the player's agent. (The Times)
  • Real Madrid are set to offer forward Robinho a £16m tax-free five-year deal which he will sign, disappointing admirers Chelsea. (Daily Star)
  • Portsmouth flop David Nugent is a £5m target for ambitious Ipswich (Various)
  • Gareth Barry believes his protracted £19m move from Aston Villa to Liverpool will be finalised over the weekend once Villa accept a restructured offer. (Daily Mail)
  • Portsmouth hope to conclude a deal for Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul in the next few days. (The Times)
  • Andy Johnson's £12m move from Everton to Fulham has hit a snag after problems with the England striker's medical. (Daily Star)
  • West Ham are close to signing Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka. (The Sun)
  • Wolves have taken former Manchester City left-back Ben Thatcher on trial. (Daily Mail)
  • Bolton have rejected an ambitious £1.5m offer for striker Kevin Davies from Hull, who are also in talks with Ivan Campo. (Various)
  • Rangers boss Walter Smith is set to sign Cardiff's Dutch defender Glenn Loovens in a £2m deal. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Joey Barton could be hit with a 15-match ban by the Football Association after he was charged with violent conduct for his training ground attack on Ousmane Dabo last year. (Various)
  • Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp will not be moving to Russia to become the new boss of CSKA Moscow, according to the Fratton Park club. (Daily Telegraph)
  • AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko will not return to the San Siro. (Independent)
  • Jens Lehmann has warned Emmanuel Adebayor he would be making a huge mistake if he left Arsenal this summer. (Various)
  • Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari insists owner Roman Abramovich has not ordered him to make the Blues play sexy football. (The Sun)
  • Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies will stun doctors by being fit for the new season after an Achilles operation in March. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY...

  • New Spurs signing David Bentley says he wants to entertain the White Hart Lane faithful just like Paul Gascoigne used to. (Various)
  • Sunderland new boy El Hadji Diouf reckons he is just like his new gaffer: "Everybody knows Roy Keane as a temperamental man and they know me like that as well," said the Senegalese. (Daily Mail)
  • Crystal Palace are lining up a shock move for striker Jerson Dos Santos, who has just quit Sutton United after scoring 30 goals in his first season. He started playing football two years ago - there's hope for all of us. (Daily Star)

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  • Fulham are trying to renegotiate the transfer of Andrew Johnson after complications with the Everton striker's medical. (The Times)
  • Jimmy Bullard's Fulham future is in doubt after the club refused to discuss a contact extension. (Daily Mail)
  • Premier League new boys Hull are in talks with French defender Philippe Christanval, who was released by Fulham last season. (The Sun)
  • Zenit St Petersburg still expect Tottenham to return with another bid for Russia striker Andrei Arshavin, despite the London side initially being put off by a £24m price tag. (The Times)
  • Manchester United midfielder Lee Martin, a former loan signing at Bramall Lane, is still being tracked by Sheffield United. (Daily Mail)
  • Arsenal could be ready to hijack Liverpool's quest for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. (Various)
  • Newcastle look poised to sign Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabrizio Coloccini this weekend. (Various)
  • Blackburn boss Paul Ince will ask his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson if he can sign full-back Danny Simpson. (Daily Mirror)
  • Bolton defender Jaroslaw Fojut is a shock target of Serie A club Napoli. (Daily Mirror)
  • Bolton manager Gary Megson is planning a swoop for £3m-rated West Brom winger Jonathan Greening. (Daily Mirror)
  • Crystal Palace are keen to sign Austrian striker Roman Kienast from Norwegian club Ham Kam. (Daily Mirror)
  • Ipswich will be reviving their interest in Portsmouth midfit striker David Nugent, who cost £6m last summer. (Independent)
  • Celtic defender Bobo Balde is believed to be close to completing a free transfer to Sunderland. (Guardian)
  • Stoke City are interested in re-signing defender Danny Higginbotham and Dean Whithead from Sunderland. (Guardian)
  • Rangers manager Walter Smith is still keen to bring Fulham midfielder Steven Davis to Ibrox but fears wages may be the stumbling block to a deal being struck. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Tottenham, who reported Liverpool and Manchester United over the alleged tapping up of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, have been branded "hypocrites" by Sevilla for the way they lured boss Juande Ramos. (Various)
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo they need to emulate Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes if they want to be judged real Manchester United legends. (Various)
  • Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri claims Roman Abramovich refused to let Frank Lampard join Inter Milan because the Russian has never forgiven Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mirror)
  • Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo is hoping former Hibernian and Kilmarnock boss Bobby Williamson accepts the offer to become the new boss of the Uganadan national team, whom Laszlo coached coming to Tynecastle.

AND FINALLY...

  • Former Tottenham midfielder Teemu Tanio insists he was happy to swap London for Sunderland, insisting it's lovely compared to his native Lapland. (Daily Mirror)
  • Everton boss David Moyes is the bookies' favourite to be the first Premier League boss to be sacked this season. (Independent)

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Re: The Forum Rumour Thread

  • Fulham boss Roy Hodgson wants Everton striker Andy Johnson but for less than the £10.5m asking price. (Mail)
  • Real Madrid are preparing a final bid of £60m for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. (News of the World)
  • Ronaldo will demand to be allowed to move to Real when he returns to United on Tuesday. (Telegraph)
  • Tottenham must pay £19m to sign Zenit St Petersburg striker Andrei Arshavin as well as make him the highest-paid player in the world. (Mail)
  • Tottenham midfielder Aaron Lennon is set to reject a move to Newcastle. (News of the World)
  • Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari expects midfielder Frank Lampard to sign a new contract with the Blues. (News of the World)
  • Scolari is also confident Didier Drogba will agree a new contract, which will see the striker pick up £100,000 a week. (Mail)
  • Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill believes midfielder Gareth Barry will join Liverpool. (News of the World)
  • But Arsenal will attempt to lure Barry to north London. (Express)
  • Portsmouth are losing interest in Younes Kaboul because of Spurs' £7m valuation. (News of the World)
  • Tottenham look set to fail with an £18m bid for West Ham striker Dean Ashton, who the Hammers insist is not for sale. (News of the World)
  • Everton manager David Moyes will bid £3m for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher. (News of the World)
  • Bolton have tried to negotiate a deal for Jonathan Greening from West Brom in part exchange for Abdoulaye Meite. (News of the World)
  • Manchester City boss Mark Hughes will try to persuade former club Blackburn to sell him striker Roque Santa Cruz at a price of £12m. (News of the World)
  • Blackburn will bid £3m for Oldham's Neal Eardley. (News of the World)
  • West Brom have tabled a bid of £2m for Sheffield United midfielder Michael Tonge. (News of the World)
  • Newcastle want to sign Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos and have been told he will cost them £10m or £7m plus goalkeeper Shay Given. (Mail)
  • Celtic defender Bobo Balde is being chased by Birmingham and Sunderland. (News of the World)
  • Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is interested in signing Southampton winger Nathan Dyer. (News of the World)
  • Birmingham are close to signing Spartak Moscow striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on loan. (News of the World)
  • Cardiff are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Wolves striker Jay Bothroyd. (News of the World)
  • Swansea and Nottingham Forest are in a battle to sign Walsall goalkeeper Clayton Ince. (News of the World)
  • Chesterfield want Spurs striker Andrew Barcham, but face competition for him from Bournemouth. (News of the World)
  • Hull City are offering former Bolton midfielder Ivan Campo a £500,000 bonus to join them and keep them in the Premier League. (News of the World)
  • Celtic are on the verge of signing Barcelona wonderkid Marc Crosas in a £2million deal. (Sunday Mail)
  • And the Parkhead club are also hot on the trail of a second Barca superkid, targeting a loan move for midfielder Jeffren Suarez. (News of the World)
  • Burnley and Crystal Palace are battling it out to sign Scottish striker Kevin Kyle. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

  • Newcastle are at the centre of a £260m takeover battle between two of Asia's richest companies. (News of the World)
  • West Ham will retire Bobby Moore's number six shirt for good next week. (News of the World)
  • Raging Hibernian boss Mixu Paatelainen has slammed reports that he wants to offload midfielder Brian Kerr. (Sunday Mail)
  • Scotland manager George Burley has warned Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson more is required from him if he wants a national team call-up. (Mail)

AND FINALLY...

  • Referee Uriah Rennie has refused to be "pensioned off" by the Premier League, who had said he was non longer required at the age of 48. The Sheffield official appealed against the ruling and won his case. (Various)

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