Tuesday 06th May gossip column


Thierry Henry has insisted he will stay for at least another year with Barcelona, despite a mixed first season in Spanish football. The former Arsenal striker has been linked with a return to the Premier League. (Le Parisien, 1118 BST)

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has indicated he would be interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but has said "it has to be the player who makes the first step because we don't want conflicts with any team". (Press Association, 0943 BST)

The agent of Porto right-back Jose Bosingwa has dismissed rumours the player has agreed terms with Manchester United. The 25-year-old Portugal international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford ibut Rui Neno insists no club has yet matched Porto's 30m Euros (23.6m) valuation of the player. (Press Association, 0431 BST)

Portsmouth will offer Liverpool striker Peter Crouch a 4m annual salary and will pay a transfer fee of 8m for the England player. But Newcastle, Manchester City and Middlesbrough are also keen and keeping an eye on developments. (Mirror)

Portsmouth defender Noe Pamarot is wanted by Celtic, who are prepared to pay 2m for the 28-year-old. (The Sun)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is interested in signing Bolton's Ricardo Gardner this summer. (The Sun)

Aston Villa, Sunderland and Middlesbrough have all been warned off making a move for Sheffield United striker James Beattie. (The Sun)

Emerse Fae wants to leave Reading after the club fined him for refusing to play in a reserve match. (The Sun)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has told his players that no-one's future is safe at the club. (The Sun)

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley is set to bid 3.5m for Wolves winger Michael Kightly. (Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb wants to leave the club, which will alert Inter Milan. The Belarus international has questioned the Gunners' ambitions. (Independent)

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso could be a target for Arsenal, but the 30-year-old's age and high wages count against him. (Independent)

Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has been told he can find another club. He has been offered to Aston Villa as part of a deal for Gareth Barry. (The Sun)

Midfielder Barry is set to turn down a record pay offer from Villa in order to seal a move to Anfield. (Independent)

Liverpool have checked on Barcelona's French left-back Frank Abidal and are also pursuing Borussia Dortmund's Phillip Degen. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid have reportedly held talks with Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho over a summer move to the Spanish giants. (Telegraph)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has told Stoke they will need to pay 300,000 to sign on-loan keeper Carlo Nash on a permanent basis. (Daily Express)

West Brom striker Kevin Phillips has hinted he may be ready to leave the club, despite their promotion to the Premier League. (Various)

Tottenham keeper Radek Cerny claims QPR have offered him a contract. (Mirror)

Striker Bobby Zamora could be set to leave West Ham, which will alert Middlesbrough and Blackburn. (Mirror)

Bolton manager Gary Megson is ready to spend 9m on St Etienne striker Bafetimbi Gomis. (Daily Star)

Birmingham's 22-year-old Dutch under-21 international winger Daniel de Ridder is wanted by Feyenoord. (Daily Star)

Derby striker Kenny Miller is set to leave the club and return to Rangers, who will pay 2m for him. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth want Southampton winger Nathan Dyer. (Daily Star)

Ipswich are preparing a 1m bid for Leicester's Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley. (Daily Star)

Burnley manager Owen Coyle is hoping to talk striker Andy Cole out of retirement with the offer of a one-year contract. (Mirror)

Nottingham Forest want Coventry striker Leon Best. (Daily Star)

Leeds boss Gary McAllister wants to take Manchester United defender Craig Cathcart, 19, on loan. (Daily Star)

Hull are keen on 24-year-old German full-back Jan Tauer, who plays for Swedish side Djurgarden. (Daily Star)

Hereford and Luton are interested in Sheffield United keeper Ian Bennett, whose contract is up and the club and is set to leave. (Mirror)

Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric will fly to England from America this week to sack manager Ian Holloway. (The Sun)

The Premier League is printing two sets of league winners' medals and will have two trophies available for Sunday's title finale - the one at Stamford Bridge will be a replica - so they are ready to hand silverware to either Chelsea or Manchester United. (The Sun)

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan believes there is a lack of competition in the Premier League and says it is "in danger of becoming one of the most boring leagues in the world". Keegan predicts the top four this season will dominate again next season. (Various)

Newcastle striker Michael Owen has yet to be offered a new deal and Keegan admits he is frustrated not to have tied the England player to the club, after asking the board to do so six weeks ago.(The Sun)

Bolton captain Kevin Nolan says the club should not waste their time trying to persuade want-away striker El-Hadji Diouf to stay, saying "it's not the be-all and end-all". (The Sun)

Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has revealed he was close to tears at the Emirates on Sunday against Everton as he made his final appearance for the club. "The club and supporters will always stay in my heart." (The Sun)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is on the verge of confirming plans for a 50,000 capacity stadium to be built next to their current White Hart Lane home. (Daily Mail)

Wigan manager Steve Bruce will jet off to Africa this week on a scouting mission for new players. (Daily Mail)

Fulham winger Clint Dempsey has extended his contract at the club but fellow American Kasey Keller looks set to leave. (The Sun)

Norwich striker Darren Huckerby has told the club he wants a new deal sorted out by the end of the week. (Various)

The Scottish Premier League is expected to perform a u-turn and extend the season by a week - and postpone Saturday's fixture against Dundee United - to ease Rangers' fixture congestion as they bid to win the league title, the Scottish Cup and the Uefa Cup. (Various)

Rangers are locked in talks which could see the Scottish Cup final moved to a Wednesday to ease the club's fixture backlog. (Daily Express)

But The Herald says Rangers will be forced to fulfil their fixture schedule of seven games in 17 days.

Celtic's loan striker Georgios Samaras says he is willing to put his club before country and miss a Greece friendly ahead of the Euro 2008 finals. (Daily Express)

Davie Irons has begun a clear-out at Morton with five first-team players released and a further four urged to find new clubs. (The Scotsman)

St Johnstone hope to retain former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris beyond the end of the season. (Daily Record)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged striker Wayne Rooney to start a family with fiancee Coleen McLoughlin to ensure their marriage remains a happy one. "Having a family helps," he said. "It gives you something to work together for." The canny Scot added: "They have to remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint." (The Sun)

Former England manger Sir Bobby Robson has been given the freedom of Ipswich. The 75-year-old has been recognised for leading Ipswich Town between 1969 and 1982, when he guided them to glory in the FA Cup in 1978 and the Uefa Cup in 1981. (The Sun)

A father and son scored 60 goals between them this season as strike partners for their team, Nimbin United. Doug Rowe, 34, and 17-year-old Doug Jnr. shot the club to a league and cup double in Southampton. Doug Snr. said: "He knows to make sure I get the most goals or he'll be doing the washing up at home." (Mirror)