Wednesday's gossip column


Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has dismissed speculation linking him to a move to Manchester United. The 28-year-old told AS: "There is nothing at all from Manchester (United) or any other club."(The Sun)


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in signing Atletico Madrid's £45m-rated striker Sergio Aguero after giving up on Valencia forward David Villa. (Daily Star) 
Arsenal have offered Emmanuel Adebayor to AC Milan and Inter Milan as the Gunners are eager to offload the striker but will not sell him to Premier League rivals Chelsea. (Daily Mirror) 
Manchester City will make a £15m bid for Everton centre-back Joleon Lescott in the next 48 hours.(Daily Mirror) 
City's Brazilian forward Robinho has urged the club to buy Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o.(The Sun) 
Michael Essien's agent claims the midfielder could leave Chelsea this summer if the likes of "Real Madrid, Barcelona or some other club" make an offer.(The Sun) 
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has put Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch top of his wish list as a replacement for striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror) 
Aston Villa are set to bid £1m for German goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel from Energie Cottbus.(Daily Mirror) 
Celtic want to sign £5m-rated Fulham striker Diomansay Kamara. (Daily Mirror) 
The Scottish giants are also close to signing Swindon forward Simon Cox for £2.5m. (Daily Star)
Greek club Larissa are keen on signing Celtic striker Jan Vennegor of Hesselink. (Scottish Sun) 
Hearts are weighing up a move for out-of-contract Finnish striker Shefki Kuqi, who was last at Crystal Palace. (Daily Mail)
Bolton boss Gary Megson is set to pull out of a move for West Brom left-back Paul Robinson as the £1m asking price is twice the amount he wants to pay. (Various) 
Reading face a double bid from Sunderland for winger Stephen Hunt and striker Kevin Doyle.(Daily Mirror) 
Sunderland are also closing in on Tottenham striker Darren Bent - but they will need to match the Londoners' £10m valuation. (Daily Star) 
Nottingham Forest have made a final bid of £2.5m for Doncaster defender Matt Mills. (Daily Star)
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is in talks over a move from Inter Milan to Paris St Germain. (The Sun) 


Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says the £18.5m the club has paid to sign right-back Glen Johnson from Portsmouth is over the odds.(The Sun) 
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to include striker Nicklas Bendtner as part of the deal that brought Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen to the Emirates Stadium. (The Sun) 
Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has pleaded with manager Harry Rednapp not to sell him. (Various)
Burnley midfielder Graham Alexander is set to sign a new one-year deal with the club and at 37 he will be the oldest player in the Premier League. (Various) 
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will hold talks with defender Nyron Nosworthy, who fears he is on his way out of the club with no offer of a new deal. (Various)
Stockport County do not have a kit to play in next season after having to auction off their strip to repay debts to manufacturers Diadora. (The Sun) 
Former Sunderland managers Malcolm Crosby and Ricky Sbragia are interested in forming a double act at Motherwell. (Daily Mail)
But Motherwell chairman wants the new manager to make club skipper Stephen Craigan his assistant. (Daily Express)