Tuesday 08th April gossip column


Liverpool are leading the chase for 8m-rated Porto right-back Jose Boswinga, with Manchester United and Aston Villa also keen on the Portugal international. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are prepared to take a 30m loss to allow Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko to return to AC Milan. (Daily Express)

Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov says he would be "flattered" if AC Milan follow up their interest in taking him from White Hart Lane to the San Siro. (The Times)

Barcelona have put striker Thierry Henry up for sale after less than a season at the Nou Camp, alerting Newcastle, Spurs, Manchester City and West Ham in the process. (Daily Star)

Everton face a battle to wrest Romania right-back Cosmin Contra away from Spanish side Getafe. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth step up their bid to sign 3m-rated St Etienne and Senegal international defender Moustapha Bayal Sall. (Daily Mail)

Celtic will target Middlesbrough's Mark Schwarzer should goalkeeper Artur Boruc leave in a big-money summer transfer. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan is targeting a 6m summer move for Liverpool midfielder Jermaine Pennant. (The Sun)

The Magpies are also keeping tabs on Anderlecht winger Mbarek Boussoufa. (Daily Mail)

Derby striker Robert Earnshaw could make a 2m move to east Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest - but only if Colin Calderwood's side can reach the Championship. (Daily Mirror)

Former Kaiserslautern striker Joel Thomas has started a trial with Dundee United. (Various)

Hearts striker Mauricio Pinilla says he has been offered a new contract despite only eight appearances in two years. (The Sun)

Motherwell midfielder Simon Lappin is not assured of a new contract despite his winning goal against Celtic. (The Sun)

Fulham are preparing to make John Collins their fourth manager in a year, with current boss Roy Hodgson moving upstairs into a director of football role. (The Times)

Former Wigan manager Chris Hutchings is being lined up to replace under-fire Huddersfield boss Andy Ritchie. (The Sun)

Injured Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is a doubt for Euro 2008, according to Czech international doctor Petr Krejci. (The Sun)

Fenerbahce midfielder Alex says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich should not interfere with team matters in the dressing room. (The Sun)

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell says Sheffield Wednesday's prospective buyers should keep faith with current manager Brian Laws. (The Sun)

Out-of-favour 6m Portsmouth striker David Nugent wants boss Harry Redknapp to give him a rare start up front against West Ham. (Various)

Derek Riordan has refused to pay a 1000 fine and turned to the players' union after falling out with Celtic manager Gordon Strachan. (The Sun)

Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar is a doubt for Thursday's Uefa Cup quarter-final against Sporting Lisbon through illness. (Various)

Sporting Lisbon defender Anderson Polga will miss the game with a thigh injury. (Daily Record)

Fabio Capello has a reputation as a strict disciplinarian, but the England manager is a soft touch - according to his mother. Evelina Tortul Capello says her 61-year-old son is "tender like a mimosa flower" and phones her every day. (The Sun)