Friday 11th April gossip column


Aston Villa have issued a hands-off warning to Chelsea over England midfielder Gareth Barry. (Daily Mirror)

AC Milan and Fenerbahce have both held talks with Barcelona over the proposed sale of Ronaldinho after it emerged Man City were offered the Brazilian in January. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have, not for the first time, lined up a 20m move for Valencia's Spanish striker David Villa. (The Sun)

Portsmouth are setting their sights on a 10m bid for Liverpool striker Peter Crouch. (Daily Star)

Obafemi Martins has snubbed a 15m move to Arsenal because he wants to fire Newcastle into Europe. (The Sun)

Ipswich have moved to block Wigan's interest in midfielder Owen Garvan by offering the 20-year-old Irishman an improved contract. (Daily Star)

Blackburn are ready to snap up striker Jason Lampkin from Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Preston are set to raid neighbours Blackpool to sign Latvian centre-half Kaspars Gorkss in a 250,000 deal. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane has lined up another striker from the Championship - Sheffield United's former England hitman James Beattie. (The Sun)

Arsenal want to sign 14-year-old Portsmouth hotshot Aaron Spear. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are eyeing up Real Madrid's 20-year-old Spanish midfielder Esteban Granero, currently on loan at Getafe. (Daily Mirror)

Spurs are interested in Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork, son of ex-Wimbledon striker Alan Cork. (Daily Mail)

Leeds defender Rui Marques, 30, has told the club to meet his wage demands or he'll quit for nothing in the summer - he is wanted by Sunderland. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan has admitted he is "desperate" for Michael Owen to extend his contract at St James' Park. (The Times)

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has returned to training, less than a week after requiring 50 stitches in a facial wound after a training ground clash with Tal Ben Haim. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth will wear their home kit and they have chosen the East dressing room for their FA Cup final clash with Cardiff. (The Sun)

Everton are heading for a row with Nigeria after defender Joseph Yobo was put on standby for their Olympic squad in August. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck refused to confirm whether boss Avram Grant would be in charge of the club next season. (Various)

England boss Fabio Capello has revealed Theo Walcott's display in the Champions League on Tuesday for Arsenal against Liverpool was "incredible". (The Sun)

Indeed, so incredible that Walcott will now start England's next match against USA on 28 May at Wembley. (Daily Star)

Man City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson admits his boss Thaksin Shinawatra wants a "big-name striker" to help fill their stadium. (The Sun)

Danny Cullip has been offered a permanent contract at Gillingham after impressing manager Mark Stimson. (Daily Star)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce wants to offer Paul Scharner a long-term contract - to stop him leaving for free at the end of next season. (Daily Mirror)

Gareth Southgate is considering ditching the role of club captain at Middlesbrough. (Daily Mail)

Sheffield Wednesday have escaped a points deduction for having too many loan players in a match-day squad but were fined 2,000. (Daily Mail)

The Daily Star's chief football writer Danny Fullbrook believes Liverpool's Fernando Torres should be the footballer of the year, not Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.