Thursday 10th April gossip column


Chelsea could take Manchester City's Andreas Isaksson or Thomas Sorensen of Aston Villa on emergency loan to cover their goalkeeping crisis (The Guardian).

Dundee manager Alex Rae has dismissed Liverpool's interest in 19-year-old midfielder Kevin McDonald, saying "sitting in the reserves won't help him" (The Independent).

On-loan striker Dougie Freedman hopes to extend his loan at Leeds rather than return to Crystal Palace (The Independent).

Manager Roy Keane says Sunderland are "beefing up" their European scouting network because of high transfer prices in Britain (Daily Star).

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi says it is "very likely" striker Andriy Shevchenko will return to the club from Chelsea. Berlusconi is godfather to the player's first son (The Sun).

Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor says there will be big changes at the end of the season following their Champions League failure (Daily Star).

Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has agreed a new 40,000-a-week contract to stay until 2011 (Daily Mail).

Preston are set to move for out-of-contract Dundee United midfielder Mark Kerr but face opposition from Aberdeen and Hearts. (Various)

Manchester United could provide the opposition for the game where Motherwell rename their main stand after the late Phil O'Donnell (Daily Record).

Avram Grant is under pressure in Israel to stand down from management duties for the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final as it falls on Holocaust Memorial Day (The Times).

Defender Rio Ferdinand had blood visibly leaking through his boot during Manchester United's win over Roma (Daily Star).

Newcastle's Mark Viduka could give up playing for Australia to extend his Magpies career (Daily Star).

England's friendly away to Trinidad and Tobago on 1 June could kick off at 2230 BST because it is cooler in the evening (The Sun).

Rangers striker Lee McCulloch says team-mates David Weir and Allan McGregor should have been among the shortlist for the players' player of the year. (Various)

Rangers fans travelling to their game with Sporting Lisbon gave emergency medical help to Chelsea player Paulo Ferreira when he collapsed at Lisbon Airport (Daily Record).

Blackburn's David Bentley says he began gambling at the age of 14 and was placing up to 100 bets a day before his girlfriend helped him overcome his addiction (Various).

Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp, who still lives in England, is to start a coaching course in London after admitting he is "starting to get the itch" to return to football (Various).

Cash-strapped Rotherham's administrators are selling off paintings of their 1996 Auto Windscreens Trophy victory and 2001 promotion campaign to raise funds (The Sun).

The managers of Irish Premier League sides Ballymena and Lisburn Distillery have been banned from going within half a mile of their own grounds after a pitch-side bust-up (Daily Express).