Thursday's gossip column


Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has asked for more time before he makes a final decision on a transfer to Manchester City - the Togo international is possibly holding out for AC Milan to make a last-minute move.(The Sun) 
Adebayor was also offered to Manchester United, among other leading European teams, as his agents tried to drum up interest from other clubs to guarantee the player a bumper pay deal.(Daily Mail) 
The Gunners have had a £7m bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh rejected, with the French club asking for defender Mikael Silvestre to be added to the offer.(The Sun) 
Manchester City have made a surprise move for Tottenham winger David Bentley, who is valued at about £12m by the north London club. (Daily Mirror) 
West Ham have been told by Barcelona it will cost them £5m to sign striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.(Daily Star) 
Tottenham could beat Stuttgart to the signing of Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is stalling on a £15.5m move to Germany in the hope of joining the Premier League side. (Daily Mirror) 
Or, Spurs want Huntelaar's Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Negredo. The striker, who was on loan at Almeria last season, is valued at £15m.(The Independent)
And Arjen Robben could be a third Real Madrid player to be courted by Tottenham. The former Chelsea winger claims the White Hart Lane side have made inquiries about him. (Daily Telegraph) 
Everton are vying with Real Mallorca and Real Zaragoza for Espanyol defender Marc Torrejon.(The Sun) 
Blackburn are ready to bid £6m for Serbian striker Nikola Zigic, who they see as a replacement for Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror) 
Bolton are on the verge of signing South Korea winger Lee Chung-yong in a deal worth in excess of £2m.(The Sun) 
Liverpool have expressed an interest in Albacete's Belgian midfielder Ritchie Kitoko. (The Times) 
Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena will not be joining Italian side Napoli as his agent has said "it was all a misunderstanding".(Daily Telegraph)
West Brom will miss out on a permanent deal for Juan Carlos Menseguez as the Argentine winger, who was on loan at the Hawthorns from San Lorenzo, wants to join Celtic.(Daily Mirror) 
Stoke are in talks to sign Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead. (The Times)
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate will spend £3m on Derby striker Rob Hulse. (The Sun) 
Nancy midfielder Landry N'Guemo has stalled on agreeing a year-long loan from Nancy after Hull, Stoke and West Ham expressed an interest. (Daily Record)
Celtic manager Tony Mowbray will hold further talks today with Nancy midfielder Landry N'Guemo. (The Herald) 
Celtic have finalised Landy N'Guemo's loan deal from Nancy after the midfielder underwent a medical. (Daily Express)
Celtic have entered talks about signing £1m-rated striker Amadou Alassane from Le Havre but face competition from Hull and Stoke. (The Sun) 
Spanish winger Fernando Marques has been offered a trial by Celtic after having his contract torn up by Greek club Iraklis. (Daily Express)
Spanish left-back Xabi Castillo is poised to agree a transfer to Real Sociedad or Atletico Bilbao instead of Celtic. (Daily Express) 
Sheffield United have offered a trial to Poland international goalkeeper Sebastian Przyrowski. (Daily Star)
Norwich are giving a trial to defender Jens Berthel-Askou, who has been released by Turkish side Kasimpasa. (Daily Star) 
Former Rangers defender Marvin Andrews has told Raith Rovers he will not be re-signing for them as he has an offer from a Scottish Premier League club. (Daily Express)


Paul Hart has been told he is being kept on as Portsmouth manager following Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim's takeover of the club.(The Sun) 
David Beckham has insisted he has no reason to apologise to LA Galaxy fans or the MLS for his loan spell at AC Milan. (The Sun) 
Alan Shearer remains "completely in the dark" about whether he will be named Newcastle manager. (The Guardian)
Manchester United chief executive David Gill says the club may still add to their squad, despite boss Sir Alex Ferguson's insistence that no new players will join this summer.(Daily Mirror) 
Scotland manager George Burley has been told that Sunderland's Craig Gordon will miss the World Cup qualifier against Norway after the goalkeeper suffered a reaction to a summer knee operation. (The Sun)


Manchester City's new signing Carlos Tevez is said to be "very interested" in in buying the £5m mansion that his former team-mate at Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo is selling following his switch to Real Madrid. (Various)
The mega-rich owner of Manchester City, Sheikh Mansour, met the club's players at his palace in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and presented each of them with a watch worth £168,000. (The Sun)