Wednesday 02nd April gossip column


Birmingham striker Mauro Zarate may have his dreams of a permanent move to St Andrew's scuppered by the Qatari royal family. (The Sun)

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes said he will fight to keep David Bentley at the club. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has said Tuncay is not for sale. (Daily Star)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Juventus do not want to sign midfielder Mathieu Flamini. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are trying to negotiate a 6m deal for Boca Juniors striker Rodrigo Palacio. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf says he wants to quit Bolton whether they stay in the Premier League or not. (Daily Mirror)

Hull want to sign Mikel Alonso in a 600,000 deal in the summer. (Daily Star)

Sheffield United striker Geoff Horsfield will quit the club in the summer and move to Southampton. (Daily Star)

Bournemouth's future may be under threat again after it was revealed 4m is needed to save the club. (The Sun)

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka said Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi made him "smile". (The Sun)

Micky Adams and Chris Hutchings are heading the chase to take the Huddersfield job. (The Sun)

Mateja Kezman blames former coach Jose Mourinho for his miserable time at Chelsea. (Daily Star)

Fifa has set aside 400m contingency fund for the possible collapse of the 2010 World Cup. (The Guardian)

A Californian-based consortium - backed by a US football agency - is preparing a takeover bid for struggling Gretna. (Scottish Sun)

Chelsea boss Avram Grant says Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's accusations that his side have been whingeing over the fixture schedule is a "joke" (various)