Latest transfers speculations Saturday 01.03.08

All the latest football gossip

Saturday's gossip column

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is planning to tempt Frank Lampard to Barcelona if he takes over from Frank Rijkaard at the Nou Camp in the summer.

Rafael Benitez has played down fears Steven Gerrard will quit Liverpool because of his frustration at their inability to win the Premier League title.

Tottenham are chasing Norway keeper Hakon Opdal, who let in eight goals against Everton, as a replacement for Paul Robinson.

Spurs are also battling Barcelona for the signature of 16-year-old Uruguayan defender Diego Polenta.

Manchester United look likely to miss out on Lyon striker Karim Benzema as the France forward prefers a move to Italy or Spain.

Liverpool striker Peter Crouch's representatives are in negotiations with the club to seal a new contract.

Senegalese defender Lamine Diatta looks set to sign for Newcastle next week after impressing in training.

Chelsea skipper John Terry is eager to commit himself to the club for the rest of his career.

Other gossip other than transfer news..............

Lord Coe is trying to persuade Sir Alex Ferguson to manage a Great Britain football team at the 2012 Olympics.

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham is to hang up his boots at the end of the season, at the age of 41.

Ken Bates has accepted the Football League's offer of private arbitration over the 15 points deduction imposed on Leeds.

Alan Shearer is wanted as manager of Sheffield Wednesday by the consortium bidding to take over at Hillsborough.

Middlesbrough defender David Wheater has admitted to being a huge bingo fan - "I even met my missus when she used to work there," he says.