Latest transfers speculations Sunday 16.03.08

All the latest football gossip

Sunday's gossip column

Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to sign striker Michael Owen, who has 18 months left on his Newcastle contract.

The former England manager is also keen on emerging Brazilian striker Diego, 23, who has been impressing at German side Werder Bremen, as he tries to build a City side capable of pushing for the Champions League next season.

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is keen to sign German defender Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen - the 23-year-old has already played 40 games for his country.

Harry Kewell will sign for Celtic at the end of the season after being told by Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez he can go.

Harry Redknapp is interested in QPR's Hungarian midfielder Akos Buzasky who will cost around 2.5m.

Meanwhile QPR's billionaire owners, Formula One bosses Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal are in talks with former Real Madrid and Portugal midfielder Luis Figo, whose contract with Inter Milan finishes at the end of this season.

Tottenham are poised to move for Spanish side Villarreal's 26-year-old goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who is valued at 8m.

Meanwhile, Villarreal's 7m-rated defensive midfielder Marcus Senna is being chased by Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.

The 40m price tag that Sevilla have put on their Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano will not put off Manchester United.

Sunderland striker Dwight Yorke is contemplating a return to Australia to play for Central Coast Mariners.

Italian giants Juventus intend to make a move in the summer for Manchester United's 21-year-old defender Gerard Pique.

Middlesbrough midfield duo George Boateng and Fabio Rochemback want to leave the Riverside at the end of the season. Celtic are keeping an eye on the situation surrounding Boateng, 32, while Rochemback, 26 wants to return to Sporting Lisbon.

Arsenal have prepared a bid for Brazil's under-20 international striker Diogo who is currently playing for Sao Paulo side Portuguesa and is valued at 6m.

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

Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand are in the running to be the next permanent England captain.

Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has told the club's owner Mike Ashley not to sack current boss Kevin Keegan despite not winning any of his first eight games in charge.

Meanwhile, Keegan's Newcastle United future has been plunged into fresh doubt as top Spanish coach Marcelo Garcia Toral was linked with the job.

Manchester United defender Gary Neville may return to first-team action in time for their Champions League quarter-final tie with Roma.

Charlton have said they would welcome former manager Alan Curbishley back to The Valley if he is sacked as West Ham boss.

Bolton manager Gary Megson has told goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen that his contract talks are being put on hold until the Trotters' Premier League fate is decided.

Former Manchester United, Lazio, AC Milan and Ajax defender Jaap Stam, has joined Dutch 'pub' side VV Hoonhorst - the 35-year-old retired from professional football in October.