Latest transfers speculations Tuesday 15.07.08

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Tuesday's gossip column

Striker Kanu is set to sign a new one-year contract with Portsmouth, with manager Harry Redknapp saying: "As far as I know he's going to sign for another year and I want to keep him here."

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and Barcelona president Joan Laporta have met at the Via Veneto Restaurant near the Nou Camp to discuss the transfer of Manchester City target Ronaldinho.

Blackburn deny reports that they have completed the signing of Ecuador midfielder Segundo Castillo. "He's a player we are interested in," said a Blackburn spokesman.

Tottenham assistant boss Gus Poyet says he has no intention of taking up a similar role at Manchester United, after he was linked with the Old Trafford vacancy.

Didier Drogba will be offered a huge new deal to keep him at Chelsea for life as new boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is desperate to hold on to the striker.

Chelsea target Robinho is set to join the Blues for 48m after the Real Madrid forward claimed it would be a dream to work with Scolari.

However, Chelsea have reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to hijack AC Milan's 18m deal for Ronaldinho, with Scolari making a personal call to the Barcelona playmaker on Monday.

It is a busy time at Stamford Bridge, with Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp closing in on the 5m signing of Chelsea and England left-back Wayne Bridge.

Tottenham have told Manchester United that Dimitar Berbatov can only go for 30m but United refuse to go above 24m for the striker and are ready to play a waiting game.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane wants to sign former Manchester United team-mate Louis Saha on loan, with a view to a 3m permanent deal for the striker.

The Black Cats are close to completing their first signing of the summer, with Romania defender Dorin Goian expected to join from Steaua Bucharest for about 3.8m.

West Brom are poised to gazump Stoke City after both clubs had their 4m bids for Scott Carson accepted by Liverpool.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Arsenal have made enquiries about wantaway captain Gareth Barry.

Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has rejected the chance to stay in the Premier League with Everton and will sign for Panathinaikos when he returns from his summer break on Wednesday.

Everton have turned their attention to Galatasaray midfielder Topal and hope to sign the 22-year-old for about 2.5m.

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is ready to make an audacious bid to sign West Ham duo Lucas Neill and Craig Bellamy.

Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz has told boss Paul Ince he wants to leave for a bigger club, which has alerted Arsenal and Tottenham.

Rovers are planning for life without David Bentley and are set to make a 5m bid for Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.

Andrei Arshavin's agent says Arsenal would be an ideal destination for the Russia and Zenit St Petersburg forward because of the influence of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Metz defender Sebastian Bassong, 22, is training with Newcastle in the hope of securing a move to St James' Park.

Birmingham have transfer-listed Olivier Kapo and the 3m French midfielder expects to link up again with former Blues boss Steve Bruce at Wigan.

Manchester City are ready to sell Georgios Samaras to Celtic in a knockdown 1m deal.

Celtic also look set to bolster their defence, with Romanian defender Gabriel Tamas edging closer to a 3.5m move.

Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner wants to buy out his contract at Lille so he can join Everton.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has made a 1.5m bid for 23-year-old Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson.

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell plans to make an offer for Oldham striker Deane Smalley.

Ipswich are set to clinch the 600,000 signing of Colchester striker Kevin Lisbie, but the Tractor Boys look like missing out on Greece striker Angelos Charisteas.

Charlton boss Alan Pardew is set to make a 1.25m bid for Bolton striker Heidar Helguson this week.

Danny Shittu has said he is still desperate to join Rangers - despite insisting the club caused the collapse of his proposed switch to Glasgow.

Bristol City are set to pay a club record 1.5m for Emal Meteb. The Egyptian striker's club Al-Ahly are understood to have accepted the offer for the 25-year-old.

Defender Bobo Balde is set to leave Celtic a year before the end of his contract after reaching an amicable agreement with the Glasgow club.

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood is unsure whether the Pittodrie club will sign long-term target Tommy Wright with Darlington said to be holding out for a higher fee for the striker.

Fulham are unlikely to sign Rangers striker Daniel Cousin with the London club set to complete a deal for West Ham forward Bobby Zamora.

Former Aberdeen goalkeeper Ryan Esson is poised to sign for Inverness Caledonian Thistle from Hereford.

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

Manchester United are planning to land Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Bento, Cristiano Ronaldo's friend and former team-mate, as manager Sir Alex Ferguson's new assistant.

Ronaldo is on a fresh collision course with Ferguson over the date of his return to United after his recuperation from recent ankle surgery. The Portugal winger wants to return a week later than expected.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock fears owner Simon Jordan is ready to walk out of football after losing young midfielder John Bostock to Tottenham for 700,000 when he was after 5m.

Clubs could face limits on the amount they spend on players' salaries under proposals outlined to European ministers by Uefa president Michel Platini.

England midfielder David Beckham has said he wants to coach youngsters in Madrid when his playing career ends. "To work with the kids at Madrid would be an honour for me," said the former Real Madrid player.