Latest transfers speculations Wednesday 16.04.08

All the latest football gossip

Wednesday's gossip column

Valencia striker David Villa is poised to reject a move to Chelsea in favour of Arsenal.

West Ham face a battle with Plymouth and Manchester City for 20-year-old Barnet midfielder Albert Adomah.

Welsh winger David Cotterill is likely to join Sheffield United after being told he can leave Wigan.

Newcastle defensive target Carlos Cuellar has insisted that he wants to stay at Rangers to "win trophies" but the Magpies are also looking at Derby midfielder Giles Barnes and Cardiff midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 17.

Everton manager David Moyes hopes his American connections will give him the edge in the race to sign United States midfielder Michael Bradley, who plays for Dutch club Heerenveen.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is set to give Avram Grant a 100m summer transfer kitty, despite the Blues manager coming under fire from fans following Monday's draw with Wigan.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has vowed to spend in the summer, saying he is unafraid to pay big money for players he thinks are worth it.

Derby look set to dump striker Robert Earnshaw and that could see him return to Cardiff.

Crystal Palace will bid 1m for Leeds striker Jermain Beckford in the new transfer window.

Wigan, Sunderland and Bolton are locked in a battle to sign Coventry youngsters Dan Fox and Scott Dann.

Arsenal and Chelsea fear they could miss out on Villarreal defender Martin Caceres after Real Madrid opened talks with him.

The Gunners are also on the trail of Guimaraes' Algeria striker Kamel Ghilas.

Chris Innes has turned down the chance of signing for MLS side New York Bulls.

Other gossip other than transfer news.............

Chelsea's former Bolton defender Tal Ben-Haim, who has been pushed into the reserves at Stamford Bridge, has revealed he would not have joined the club if he had known manager Jose Mourinho was going to be replaced with Avram Grant.

Celtic's on-loan striker Georgios Samaras has accused Old Firm rivals Rangers of playing a defensive game with little football on show.

Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani is a late fitness doubt for the Old Firm clash as he struggles to overcome a virus.

Rangers manager Walter Smith says Celtic are as good as the majority of the teams he has faced in the club's run to the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup.

Massimo Donati believes Celtic have already lost the chance to retain their SPL title.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan admits he must improve his record in Old Firm games.

Kilmarnock midfielder Medhi Taouil wants to remain at Rugby Park after his current deal expires at the end of the season.

St Johnstone expressed disappointment after selling 4,000 tickets for their Scottish Cup semi-final encounter with Rangers.

England's players face being axed from the World Cup qualifiers if they try to duck out of the summer friendlies against the United States and Trinidad, with boss Fabio Capello saying: "If a player doesn't love to play for England then perhaps he should stay at home."

Wigan manager Steve Bruce will receive a 2m bonus if his side are not relegated from the Premier League.

Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol is tipped to return to management with AZ Alkmaar because the Dutch side are set to lose current boss Louis van Gaal to Galatasaray at the end of this season.

David Beckham and Tom Cruise are considering teaming up to buy a football club - but they have not decided whether the club would be in the UK or the USA.