Wednesday 26th March gossip column


Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is an 8m target for Spanish giants Real Madrid, who will also offer Ruben de la Red as part of the deal. (The Sun)

Defender John Arne Riise is another player who could leave Anfield, with the Norwegian unhappy at his continued spell on the bench. (The Sun)

Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is lining up a 7m move for Barcelona's Mexican wonderkid Giovani Dos Santos. (Daily Mirror)

But Manchester City's out-of-favour striker Emile Mpenza has told Eriksson that he will not leave the club for a Championship side. Cardiff and Leicester are said to be interested in the Belgian. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are said to be keen on Hajduk Split striker Nikola Kalinic. (The Sun)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is close to agreeing a 5m deal for Serbian midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic. (The Sun)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is preparing a 3m bid for Crystal Palace's Sean Scannell. (Daily Star)

Derby County are prepared to lose 2m in an attempt to offload out-of-favour striker Robert Earnshaw. (Daily Star)

Middlesbrough are one of two Premier League clubs interested in Fulham's Steven Davis after his successful loan with Rangers. (Daily Mail)

West Ham defender George McCartney has played down speculation linking him with Rangers. (Daily Mail)

Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc would welcome a new challenge at a new club next season. (Various)

Former Celtic striker John Hartson says Rangers made an approach to sign him after he had moved to West Brom. (The Sun)

Promotion-chasing Stoke are trying to sign striker Diomansy Kamara on loan from Fulham for the rest of the season. (Daily Mail)

West Ham are lining up Colchester keeper Dean Gerken for 500,000. (The Sun)

Leeds United are hoping to land striker Enoch Showunmi from Bristol City until the end of the season as they bid to boost their promotion push. (Daily Mail)

Ipswich and Norwich are leading the race to sign Newcastle's out-of-favour striker Shola Ameobi. (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton is also lining up a 1m bid for Nottingham Forest midfielder Sammy Clingan. (Daily Star)

Chris Innes is poised to join Morton after the defender was made redundant by Gretna. (The Sun)

Sunderland's Trinidad and Tobago duo Carlos Edwards and Kenwyne Jones could be barred from playing against West Ham on Saturday. Their country want Fifa to impose the five-day rule after the pair withdrew from Wednesday's friendly with Jamaica. (Various)

Arsenal's Gilberto wants to prove that he is worthy of a new contract, despite spending much of this season on the substitutes' bench. The midfielder will get a chance to impress in Brazil's friendly with Sweden at the Emirates Stadium. (The Sun)

Celtic are trying to organise a post-season tour of Japan to prevent the Scottish Premier League extending the season to help title rivals Rangers ease their fixture congestion. (Daily Record)

Arsenal's Eduardo says he has yet to receive an apology from Birmingham's Martin Taylor, who broke the striker's leg in a challenge in February. However, Eduardo says that when an apology finally arrives he will forgive and forget. (Daily Mirror)

Coventry defender Arjan de Zeeuw will pursue a career in medicine after he retires from football at the end of the season. (The Sun)

Caring Didier Drogba has revealed how he once donated a kitbag to a homeless man after a Champions League match. (Daily Express)

Coach Fabio Capello is said to be behind England's new smart look, with players travelling in suits as opposed to the tracksuits they donned during Steve McClaren's reign. (The Sun)