Latest transfers speculations Friday 27.06.08

All the latest football gossip

Friday's gossip column

Manchester City have agreed a 19m fee for CSKA Moscow's Brazilian striker Jo.

Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has told Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez to forget about signing Stewart Downing, saying: "We believe he is happy and settled here."

Cardiff are close to completing a deal for Everton defender Darren Dennehy after City held talks with the Premier League club earlier this week.

Former France defender Lilian Thuram has a heart problem which will delay a move to Paris Saint-Germain and could end his career.

Everton boss David Moyes has insisted England striker Andrew Johnson is not for sale.

Paul Robinson has revealed his desire to resurrect his career at Aston Villa according to sources close to the out-of-favour Tottenham goalkeeper.

Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz raised the prospect of winger Cristiano Ronaldo leaving by claiming contracts mean nothing in modern-day football.

Real Madrid are happy to be "passive spectators" and wait and see how things play out between the Portugal winger and United, according to the club's president Ramon Calderon.

Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho will reject a move to Manchester City as the 28-year-old wants to stay at Barcelona.

There is some good news for City fans however as the club will clinch the 18m signing of Brazilian striker Jo from CSKA Moscow on Friday - free of third-party complications.

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is ready to fight Liverpool to keep 12m England winger Stewart Downing.

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has revealed the Blues are tracking Russia midfielder Yuri Zhirkov.

Midfielder Claude Makelele is staying at Chelsea after agreeing a one-year extension that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2010.

Blackburn chairman John Williams has said David Bentley's future at Ewood Park will be decided when the midfielder comes back for pre-season training on 7 July.

But the England winger reportedly had a meeting with manager Paul Ince on Thursday and told the former MK Dons boss that he wants Rovers to sell him.

Everton will reluctantly sell 10m-rated striker Andy Johnson in a bid to generate urgently-needed transfer funds. Sunderland, West Ham, Wigan, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Middlesbrough are interested in the 27-year-old.

Arsenal have made an approach for Portugal midfielder Miguel Veloso, according to the Sporting Lisbon player's agent.

Liverpool have told Portsmouth that they need to change the fee structure of their 9m bid for Peter Crouch if they are to agree a deal for the England striker.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is keen to sign Celtic midfielder Thomas Gravesen, who will be allowed to leave the Glasgow club for free - but his wage demands may prove to be a stumbling block.

Ajax have joined Tottenham and Portsmouth in trying to sign Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun by bidding 5m for the Israel midfielder.

Everton are set to launch a 2m raid on relegated Leicester for teenage left-back Joe Mattock.

Striker Kanu is refusing to sign a new one-year contract with Portsmouth as he insists they owe him a better deal.

Slavia Prague's Marek Suchy has said he is "attracted" by playing abroad as Rangers keep a close tab on the highly-rated central defender.

West Ham have asked about taking Palermo striker Edison Cavani on loan.

MK Dons captain Keith Andrews, 27, is a target for Watford as Hornets manager Aidy Boothroyd plots a return to the Premier League.

Croatia central defender Josip Simunic has told Fulham they must wait at least two weeks before he decides whether to join them.

Oldham striker Lee Hughes is being lined up for a shock move to Dundee United.

However, Hughes' 100,000 valuation may price United out of the move.

Captain Christophe Berra could be ready to add to Hearts' woes by slapping in a transfer request.

Striker Christian Nade's Hearts future is also in doubt after he failed to turn up for pre-season training.

Championship side Swansea City are planning a loan swoop for rookie Liverpool midfielder Adam Hammill, who spent last year on loan at Southampton.

Celtic are interested in signing Cameroon international left-back Timothee Atouba from Hamburg and are prepared to pay 2m.

Stoke City are poised to make a bid for Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have told Dunfermline they must pay a fee for striker Graham Bayne.
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Rocastle could be given the chance to kick start his career at Kilmarnock.

Bristol Rovers hope to complete the 100,000 signing of Swansea City striker Darryl Duffy next week on a three-year deal.

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

England's top clubs could be banned from the Champions League unless they clear their debts as Uefa president Michel Platini wants sides who are in the red to be prevented from entering Europe's top competition.

Platini has also said Euro 2012 could take place in August when players are fit for the start of the season.

Former Fifa president Joao Havelange has suggested that England's 1966 World Cup triumph was part of a conspiracy against his homeland, Brazil.

Colin Kazim-Richards has claimed his career will now go into orbit after his impressive performances for Euro 2008 semi-finalists Turkey.

But Motherwell boss Mark McGhee, who worked with Kazim-Richards at Brighton, has told clubs to steer clear of the 21-year-old Fenerbahce striker.

Wantaway stars Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba have been told by team-mate John Obi Mikel that life will go on at Chelsea without them.

New Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has written to the Blues players who were not involved in Euro 2008 telling them to cut short their holidays - because he is starting work a week early.