Thursday 03rd April gossip column


Real Madrid are interested in signing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, according to reports in Spain. (Independent)

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is looking to bring in seven new players. Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito and Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero are among his targets. (Various)

Spurs have also been alerted to news that Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis has stalled on a new deal, while Portsmouth are also keen. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona and France striker Thierry Henry is being lined up by newly-formed MLS side Seattle, and will pay him 150,000 per week. (The Sun)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane is seeking a 50m transfer kitty, which he believes he needs to take the club to the next level. (various)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is planning a 3m bid for Barnsley midfielder Brian Howard. (Telegraph)

Villa are also keen on USA keeper Brad Guzan, but face a battle with Arsenal for the 23-year-old. (various)

Manchester United are compiling a dossier on Falkirk teenager Scott Arfield. (Scottish Express)

Bolton's Jussi Jaaskelainen is Celtic's top target if keeper Artur Boruc is sold in the summer. (Scottish Express)

Bolton's Switzerland international midfielder Blerim Dzemaili is wanted by Italian side Torino. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth's Ghana international midfielder Sulley Muntari has urged the club to sign his fellow countryman John Mensah. (The Times)

Mikel Arteta's future at Everton may be in doubt after his agent claimed he would be in the Spain team if he played for a bigger club. (The Sun)

Cardiff want to re-sign Sunderland striker Michael Chopra. (The Times)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan will learn how much he has to spend next season only when the club's Premier League status is secured. (The Sun)

Birmingham have been told to move fast if they want on-loan Al-Sadd striker Mauro Zarate permanently. (various)

Blackburn chairman John Williams has insisted the club are not about to sell winger David Bentley. (Independent)

West Ham's Lucas Neil wants the club to blood its youngsters as the injury crisis deepens. (various)

Derby face a battle to capture on-loan Tottenham midfielder Hossam Ghaly permanently as Feyenoord also want to sign the Egyptian. (various)

Wolves striker Freddy Eastwood looks set to join Crystal Palace, but Derby and Coventry are also keen. (various)

Palace are set to lose Mark Hudson at the end of the season, when the defender's contract ends. (Daily Star)

Plymouth will make a summer move for Barnet's 20-year-old winger Albert Adomah. (Daily Star)

Preston want to make Tamas Priskin's loan deal permanent. (various)

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded a "big-head" by Roma midfielder David Pizzaro. The Chile international felt Ronaldo showed arrogance on the pitch by doing unnecessary tricks when the sides met on Tuesday. (various)

The League Managers' Association has renewed calls for a mid-season break to cut down on players' injuries. New chief executive Richard Bevan says the vast majority of bosses are in favour. (Express)

Former Leicester boss Martin Allen has made it know he is interested in the managerial vacancy at Huddersfield. (various)

Real Madrid have taken out a 24.5m loan to help them with their day-to-day costs. The Spanish giants are struggling to cope with the a loss of earnings since David Beckham left them for LA Galaxy. (various)

David Beckham has revealed he got a dressing down from his mum after he appeared in an underwear advert that showed him in only his pants. "It didn't go down well," he said. (various)

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he was "small, feeble and had crooked teeth" when he was younger. But the Manchester United star has since shelled out thousands on a gleaming smile and says he now "feels good about himself". (The Sun)