Latest transfers speculations Sunday 03.08.08

All the latest football gossip

Sunday's gossip column

Real Madrid are preparing a final bid of 60m for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo will demand to be allowed to move to Real when he returns to United on Tuesday.

Tottenham must pay 19m to sign Zenit St Petersburg striker Andrei Arshavin as well as make him the highest-paid player in the world.

Tottenham midfielder Aaron Lennon is set to reject a move to Newcastle.

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari expects midfielder Frank Lampard to sign a new contract with the Blues.

Scolari is also confident Didier Drogba will agree a new contract, which will see the striker pick up 100,000 a week.

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill believes midfielder Gareth Barry will join Liverpool.

But Arsenal will attempt to lure Barry to north London.

Portsmouth are losing interest in Younes Kaboul because of Spurs' 7m valuation.

Tottenham look set to fail with an 18m bid for West Ham striker Dean Ashton, who the Hammers insist is not for sale.

Everton manager David Moyes will bid 3m for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson wants Everton striker Andy Johnson but for less than the 10.5m asking price.

Bolton have tried to negotiate a deal for Jonathan Greening from West Brom in part exchange for Abdoulaye Meite.

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes will try to persuade former club Blackburn to sell him striker Roque Santa Cruz at a price of 12m.

Blackburn will bid 3m for Oldham's Neal Eardley.

West Brom have tabled a bid of 2m for Sheffield United midfielder Michael Tonge.

Newcastle want to sign Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos and have been told he will cost them 10m or 7m plus goalkeeper Shay Given.

Celtic defender Bobo Balde is being chased by Birmingham and Sunderland.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is interested in signing Southampton winger Nathan Dyer.

Birmingham are close to signing Spartak Moscow striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on loan.

Cardiff are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Wolves striker Jay Bothroyd.

Swansea and Nottingham Forest are in a battle to sign Walsall goalkeeper Clayton Ince.

Chesterfield want Spurs striker Andrew Barcham, but face competition for him from Bournemouth.

Hull City are offering former Bolton midfielder Ivan Campo a 500,000 bonus to join them and keep them in the Premier League.

Celtic are on the verge of signing Barcelona wonderkid Marc Crosas in a 2million deal.

And the Parkhead club are also hot on the trail of a second Barca superkid, targeting a loan move for midfielder Jeffren Suarez.

Burnley and Crystal Palace are battling it out to sign Scottish striker Kevin Kyle.

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

Newcastle are at the centre of a 260m takeover battle between two of Asia's richest companies.

West Ham will retire Bobby Moore's number six shirt for good next week.

Raging Hibernian boss Mixu Paatelainen has slammed reports that he wants to offload midfielder Brian Kerr.

Scotland manager George Burley has warned Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson more is required from him if he wants a national team call-up.

Referee Uriah Rennie has refused to be "pensioned off" by the Premier League, who had said he was no longer required at the age of 48. The Sheffield official appealed against the ruling and won his case.