Latest transfers speculations Wednesday 09.07.08

All the latest football gossip

Wednesday's gossip column

Tottenham are being linked with Real Mallorca winger Juan Arango, who has admitted he wants to move to England this summer.

Liverpool are expected to complete the 3m signing of Palmeiras goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri after sources in Brazil confirmed the player completed his medical on Tuesday and a work permit has been acquired.

Birmingham have signed veteran striker Kevin Phillips on a free transfer from West Brom.

Portsmouth are expected to tie up the signing of Peter Crouch from Liverpool in the next two days after the Liverpool striker agreed personal terms with the club.

Crouch agrees terms with Pompey
Former QPR, Leicester and Plymouth manager Ian Holloway is in the running to take over the vacant coaching post at Scottish Premier League side Hearts.

Frank Lampard is furious Luiz Felipe Scolari said at his unveiling as Chelsea boss that the England midfielder would be staying at the club.

Lampard looks to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has refused to sanction the new five-year deal the midfielder is demanding.

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has boasted to Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal that Cristiano Ronaldo has already signed for the Spanish club.

AC Milan claim Arsenal have written to them to discuss selling Emmanuel Adebayor, but the fee could still be a stumbling point as the Gunners want 35m for the striker.

Manchester United and Arsenal target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has ruled out signing a new contract with Ajax as the Amsterdam club want to include a 20m release clause in the new deal.

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has demanded 17m plus defender Steve Finnan for Gareth Barry and wants the money to be paid in two instalments over two years.

O'Neill will use the money from the Barry sale to buy Portugal right-back Miguel from Valencia for 11m.

Everton are tracking Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito as David Moyes considers potential replacements for wantaway striker Andy Johnson.

Wigan are confident of capturing Johnson, who is believed to be unwilling to uproot his family from the north west, for a club record fee of about 11m.

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has admitted he is resigned to losing Kevin Phillips after the striker rejected Albion's final offer of a new one-year contract.

Villa and Blackburn are on alert after talks to increase goalkeeper Robert Green's salary at West Ham stalled on Tuesday night.

Manchester United will allow Chris Eagles to leave Old Trafford as Burnley boss Owen Coyle wants to sign the midfielder in a 1m-plus deal.

Ipswich are closing in on Greece striker Angelos Charisteas after agreeing a 2.25m fee with the striker's club Nuremburg.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is trying to do a cut-price 6m deal for Real Zaragoza's Argentine forward Pablo Aimar.

Blackburn manager Paul Ince hopes to land Birmingham's Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson, 23, as a 4.5m replacement for wantaway winger David Bentley.

Arsenal and Tottenham will battle it out to sign Real Madrid's 15m-rated midfielder Ruben de la Red.

Stoke and Hull are ready to pay Portsmouth 3m for their striker David Nugent.

Wigan manager Steve Bruce will offer Kevin Kilbane to Birmingham City in a player-plus-cash deal for midfielder Olivier Kapo.

Leicester striker DJ Campbell is a 1.5m target for Championship rivals Watford and Cardiff with Charlton also waiting in the wings.

Charlton are set to sell Madjid Bougherra to Real Betis after the Spanish side offered 2.3m for the Algeria defender.

West Brom want to sign West Ham and Wales defender James Collins on loan.

Aberdeen have opened talks with Darlington as they target striker Tommy Wright.

Rangers are expected to sign Watford defender Danny Shittu before the weekend.

Hamilton Accies are lining up a loan deal for Reading teenager Tom Hateley - son of former Rangers and AC Milan striker Mark.

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

Luiz Felipe Scolari claimed he would have become England coach two years ago had the Football Association been willing to wait until after Portugal were eliminated from the 2006 World Cup.

Former Liverpool No2 Pako Ayesteran is a candidate to become Alex Ferguson's new assistant manager at Manchester United, while Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc is also in the frame.

Phil Brown is in line for a 100% pay rise at Hull after the Tigers offered him a new three-year deal worth an annual 500,000.

Paul Ince's transfer kitty has received a 3m boost after Jack Walker's family, who still own the club, renewed their backing.

Billionaire businessman Peter Cullum is in talks with Norwich owner Delia Smith to buy the club for 20m.

The former Sunderland and Manchester City manager Peter Reid is to be appointed the new coach of Thailand at the end of July on a four-year deal, according to reports in Bangkok.

Blackburn Rovers could be the next Premier League club to come under American ownership after a consortium from the United States registered its interest in buying the club.

Middlesbrough striker Mido is determined to make his critics eat their words. The striker has lost two stone thanks to a gruelling summer fitness regime in a bid to be in tip-top shape for the start of the new season.