Sunday 30th March gossip column


Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will make Frank Lampard his number one target if he takes over at Inter Milan. (Sunday Express)

But Mourinho has denied meeting Inter president Massimo Moratti for talks, saying: "It is just false to say that I am on the point of signing a contract with Inter Milan." (Independent)

Spurs will let Paul Robinson leave White Hart Lane for 2m in the summer, with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa believed to be interested in the England keeper. (The People)

Newcastle are chasing Seville's unsettled Brazil striker Luis Fabiano, 27, who is rated at 8m. (News of the World)

The Magpies will be busy in the summer as they are also targeting Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon and former Arsenal wideman, Jose Antonio Reyes. (The People)

Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, currently on loan at Coventry, is set to make a transfer request at the end of the season. The Dane has a buy-out clause in his contract believed to be in the region of 2.5m. (News of the World)

Liverpool could move for Schalke's Brazilian full-back Rafinha in the summer, while Reds boss Rafael Benitez has also been linked with two young players from South America. (Mail on Sunday)

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes is ready to take on Everton in a 4.5m battle for Heerenveen's American midfielder Michael Bradley. (The People)

Scott Carson is preparing for a return to Anfield after Aston Villa told the goalkeeper's representatives that they would not meet Liverpool's 9m asking price. (News of the World)

Turkish rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will offer 5m to Middlesbrough for striker Tuncay Sanli. (News of the World)

Sir Alex Ferguson is considering an offer to MK Dons boss Paul Ince to join his coaching team at Manchester United. (The People)

Defender Patrice Evra - who is in the final year of his three-year deal - admitted he is unsure of his Manchester United future after negotiations over a new contract stalled. (News of the World)

Stoke have agreed to pay a 575,000 'transfer fee' for their loan of Shola Ameobi, making the striker the most expensive loanee in English club history. The final figure could be near 1m if Stoke claim promotion via the play-offs. (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is planning a pre-season 'sweat camp' for his players instead of a lucrative summer tour. (News of the World)

Uefa president Michel Platini says he will stop Premier League clubs from buying 16-year-old footballers from abroad. "The first football contract a player signs should be for the club who train him," said Platini. (Mail on Sunday)

Aston Villa are finalising a shirt sponsorship deal with children's charity, Acorns, that will see the club forfeit up to 2m to carry the name of the children's hospice charity on their shirts next season. (News of the World)

George Burley has appointed Bobby Williamson, Paul Hegarty, Alex Smith and Frank Coulston to scout Scotland's World Cup opponents. (News of the World)

Dumitru Copil, the 18-year-old midfielder named by World Soccer among the game's 50 most exciting talents, has returned to Romania because of homesickness after joining Hearts. (Sunday Mail)

Hearts caretaker boss Stevie Frail says Dumitru Copil still has a future at Tynecastle despite walking out on the club. (News of the World)

Livingston face legal action from West Lothian Council over 300,000 of unpaid rent. (Sunday Mail)

Dundee chief executive Dave MacKinnon has rejected claims that the club face going into administration once more. (News of the World)

Former Celtic defender and Livingston scout Dariusz Wdowcyk is being investigated by Polish police probing match-fixing. (News of the World)

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has co-written a children's adventure book - Megs and the Vootball Kids - which is about a football-mad kid from Liverpool who emigrates to Australia. (Various)

Aberdeen defender Zander Diamond celebrated his 23rd birthday decked out in Celtic gear. (Sunday Mail)