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wednesday's gossip includes west ham

Postby cockney hammer on Wed May 27, 2009 10:15 am

Bolton are lining up a £3m bid for Portsmouth's Sylvain Distin, while Birmingham are ready to offer £1.5m for West Brom star Robert Koren.


Steve Bruce is on the verge of quitting Wigan for Sunderland.

Carlo Ancelotti has blown the lid on his secret meetings with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Ryan Babel is the first high-profile star to be told he can leave Liverpool.

Ryan Giggs has pleaded with Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Manchester United.

Bolton are lining up a £3million bid for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin.

Birmingham are ready to offer £1.5million for West Brom midfielder Robert Koren.

Lionel Messi reckons that Manchester United will risk humiliation if they opt to go toe to toe with Barcelona in the Champions League final.

Fabio Capello says Wayne Rooney is the man to fire Manchester United for Champions League glory.

Rio Ferdinand says he will need treatment on his back for the rest of his career.

Gerard Pique has spilled Sir Alex Ferguson's secrets to Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

Thierry Henry and Andres Iniesta will start tonight for Barcelona after winning their fitness battles.


Manchester United are ready to pay £25.5million for Carlos Tevez.

Sunderland will have to pay £5million for Wigan boss Steve Bruce.

West Ham hope to sign defender Luis Jiminez on a year-long loan deal from Inter Milan.

Sunderland, Newcastle, Coventry and West Ham Birmingham are keen on transfer-listed Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford.

Reading are looking to appoint Preston boss Alan Irvine as their new manager.

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is targeting Chelsea duo Ricardo Carvalho and Deco.

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell could quit the Blades to become QPR's new gaffer.


Alan Shearer has told Newcastle he wants £20million to spend if he is to stay on and take the club back to the Premier League.

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has warned manager Martin O'Neill his transfer kitty will be less than last summer's £40million.

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged his 'special' Manchester United team to make history by retaining the Champions League trophy against Barcelona tonight, then urged them to set their sights on Real Madrid's record of nine European Cups.


David Gill last night hinted that Manchester United are ready to climb down over Carlos Tevez.

Pep Guardiola has urged his Barcelona stars to show the world they, not Manchester United, are the best side in world football.

Everton youngster Dan Gosling is set to become the latest player to agree a new contract at Goodison Park.

Alan Shearer was last night locked in talks with Newcastle bosses over his future with the relegated club.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is set to raid neighbours West Bromwich Albion for Robert Koren.

Gary Megson is lining up a £3million raid on cash-strapped Portsmouth for defender Sylvain Distin.


Manchester United have hinted they are ready to shell out the £25.5m asking price for Carlos Tevez.

Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his team to go out tonight and join the ranks of Europe's all-time greats.

Rio Ferdinand last night declared himself fit to lead Manchester United into the Champions League final.

Steve Bruce is set to quit Wigan to become boss of Sunderland.


Celtic will make an approach for Burnley boss Owen Coyle today while they are also looking at West Brom's Tony Mowbray and Dundee United manager Craig Levein as they look to replace Gordon Strachan.

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee is Aberdeen's top choice to replace departed boss Jimmy Calderwood.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill says the club are ready to pay the £25.5m required to secure the future of forward Carlos Tevez. (Various)

Liverpool winger Ryan Babel is the first high-profile player to be told he can leave Anfield over the summer.
The Sun)

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho will raid his former club Chelsea to land defender Ricardo Carvalho and midfielder Deco. (Daily Mirror)

AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti says he could become Chelsea manager as early as next week if the Italian club do not want to keep him. He has also told Blues owner Roman Abramovich that he wants to sign two midfielders - Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Xabi Alonso of Liverpool.
Daily Mail)

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs has begged fellow winger Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Old Trafford after the Portuguese international told close friends that the Champions League final would be his last game for the club.
The Sun)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is poised to revive his interest in Middlesbrough defender David Wheater as Boro look to trim their squad following their relegation to the Championship. (Daily Telegraph)

Bolton are ready to bid £3m for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin.
The Sun)

Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos says he does not want to return to London following his loan spell at AC Milan. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom midfielder Robert Koren is a target for Birmingham. (The Sun)

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been strongly linked with a move abroad this summer, says he is happy to stay with the Gunners.
Daily Express)

Centre-back Brede Hangeland is preparing to snub Arsenal and commit his future to Fulham. (The Sun)

Celtic want Burnley manager Owen Coyle to replace Gordon Strachan, and will approach the newly-promoted Premier League side for permission to speak to the Scot. Dundee United boss Craig Levein and West Brom's Tony Mowbray are also in the frame.
Daily Record)

However, West Brom insist that manager Tony Mowbray will in charge next season, despite their relegation from the Premier League.
Daily Express)

Alan Shearer has indicated to Newcastle's players that he will be their permanent manager when pre-season training begins in July.
The Sun)

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has told Sunderland that he wants £5m in compensation for Lactics manager Steve Bruce.
Daily Mirror)

The future of Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has been placed in further doubt after he revealed that there will be a huge clear-out at Bramall Lane.
The Sun)

And Blackwell is one of the names linked with the manager's job at QPR. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth are expected to confirm Paul Hart as their permanent manager this week. (The Times)

Reading have asked Preston for permission to speak to manager Alan Irvine about taking over at the Madejski Stadium. (Daily Mirror)

If AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti does take over at Chelsea, it could be as entertaining as Jose Mourinho's spell at Stamford Bridge - if his autobiography is anything to go by. Here is a little excerpt: "The manager of Milan is on a secret mission - I am like 007 on my own. Sat behind a driver with the face of a killer. More than a taxi, this is like a time machine, from Milanello to Stamford Bridge, from yesterday to tomorrow, from one devil (AC Milan) to another (Chelsea)."
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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby discopiglet on Wed May 27, 2009 10:18 am

Cheers CH, Hope the weather is a bit better where you are, It's piss poor here in Worthing! :thdn:
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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby steve209799 on Wed May 27, 2009 10:22 am

Cheers CH,it saves me going out to get a paper as it pissing hard here too!!
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Postby Hummer_I_mean_Hammer on Wed May 27, 2009 10:23 am

cheers CH
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Postby Faubert's Boot on Wed May 27, 2009 10:41 am

I thought Luis Jimenez was a left mid?
cheers CH 8-)
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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby orpingtonhammer on Wed May 27, 2009 10:43 am

Thanks CH, drizzling in Orp
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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby GaryP on Wed May 27, 2009 11:34 am

C+P Sporting Life


Wigan boss Steve Bruce is understood to have been given permission to talk to Sunderland about their managerial vacancy.

The former Manchester United defender has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Ricky Sbragia at the Stadium of Light after the Scot stepped aside at the weekend following his team's narrow escape from Barclays Premier League relegation.

Reports on Wednesday morning claimed a compensation package had already been agreed with the Latics, clearing the way for Bruce to discuss personal terms with the Wearsiders.

Sunderland continued to deny that this is the case, although it is understood Wigan could make an official announcement later today.

Bruce was coy when asked about reports linking him with Sunderland last night. He told Sky Sports News: "There's always speculation and you cannot stop that. It is flattering.

"But I'm very, very pleased with what's happened with us (Wigan) and I'm quite pleased with what's happening in the future, so we'll see what develops."

Bruce, a boyhood Newcastle fan, joined Wigan in November 2007 after Latics owner Dave Whelan agreed a £3million compensation package with Birmingham.

He had spent almost six years at St Andrews and had guided Blues back into the top flight just months earlier, but became unsettled when the club's board failed to offer him a new contract amid the ultimately doomed takeover bid led by Carson Yeung.

Bruce arrived at the JJB Stadium with Wigan deep in relegation trouble following six straight league defeats under his predecessor Chris Hutchings.

He managed to spark an impressive upturn in form which saw the Lancashire club finish 14th, and that improvement continued into the 2008-09 season when they were contenders for a place in the Europa League for much of the campaign.

A late run of one win in eight matches, after safety had already been secured, meant they slipped to 11th in the final standings.

That was still five places and nine points ahead of Sunderland, despite Bruce working with a fraction of the budget granted to former Black Cats boss Roy Keane.

And after their flirtation with the Coca-Cola Championship, it appears to have been enough to persuade Sunderland's ambitious owners that Bruce is the man to turn them into a top-flight force.

Bruce jumps ship yet agin !!
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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby IIIronss on Wed May 27, 2009 11:40 am

Faubert's Boot wrote:I thought Luis Jimenez was a left mid?
cheers CH 8-)

Yeah he is an attacking midfielder/winger. :lol: Haven't seem too much of him but he was like an FM hero of mine. :oops:

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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby Messiah on Wed May 27, 2009 11:51 am

Jimenez is certainly an Attacking midfielder but isn't he in a co-ownership agreement with another Italian club?

Would like to see him given a go over here on one of Nanis "Loan with option to buy" deals.
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Re: wedensday's gossip includes west ham

Postby 10 Iron on Wed May 27, 2009 12:07 pm

Top stuff again CH, saves a fortune and time on scouring newspapers.

Jermaine Beckford,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,mmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Re: wednesday's gossip includes west ham

Postby DownunderHammer on Wed May 27, 2009 12:24 pm

Thanks as always CH...KUMB poster of the year (the KUMBTY award :thup: )
Your threads are always of interest to us stranded overseas supporters, thanks
and it is a miserable 25C today in Brissy with some cloud about :cry:
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Re: wednesday's gossip includes west ham

Postby Zatopek on Wed May 27, 2009 12:29 pm

1. Do we realy need a new attacking midfielder. Surely Savio/Stanislas/etc have it covered?

2. CH is definitely the KUMB poster of the year. Thanks mate! :thup:
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Re: wednesday's gossip includes west ham

Postby Happyhammer93 on Wed May 27, 2009 2:09 pm

Thanks CH. :thup:
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Re: wednesday's gossip includes west ham

Postby Toulouse_Iron on Wed May 27, 2009 2:25 pm

cheers ch! :thup:
A crisp, sunny and pleasant 20°C today...
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Re: wednesday's gossip includes west ham

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Wed May 27, 2009 2:55 pm

Partly cloudy, and humid 86 with a 30-40% chance of afternoon thunderstorms. (in fact other than the temperature you can C & P that in for the rest of the year until mid October. i.e June will be lows of the mid 80's and high's into the mid 90's. July will be lows in the mid 80's and highs into the mid 90's to upper 90's. August will be lows in the upper 80's and highs in the upper 90's. ALL with at least a 30% chance of p.m. thunderstorm. All 3 months will have humidity in the mid to upper 90%. At my newspaper I double up as the Football reporter AND the weather man, so predictable are all these events.)

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