Wednesday's gossip column


Chelsea and Tottenham are eyeing up a £13m move for Everton's Steven Pienaar following rumours that the midfielder wants to play Champions League football.( 
Liverpool are planning an audacious move for Real Madrid striker Raul and want the 32-year-old to partner fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres up front.( 
Albert Riera's proposed switch from Liverpool to Spartak Moscow has stalled after the 27-year-old winger failed to agree personal terms. (Daily Mail) 
Blackburn are ready to sign striker Aruna Dindane in a £2m deal - and let him play on for Portsmouth to save his FA Cup and World Cup dreams.(Daily Mirror) 
Ghana forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has left Portsmouth, where he was on loan from Spartak Moscow, and joined Qatar side Al Saad on a permanent deal.(IM Scouting) 
Chelsea midfielder Deco could be on his way to Fluminese. The Brazilian side are trying to get the 32-year-old midfielder on the cheap but Corinthians and Flamingo are also interested.(Daily Mirror) 
Arsenal are checking out Japanese striker Takayuki Morimoto and may try to prise him away from Serie A side Catania with a £9m bid.( 
The Gunners have also made a £9m offer for Real Zaragoza 's 20-year-old midfielder Ander Herrera, according to Spanish paper AS. (IM Scouting) 
Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants midfielder Jack Wilshere, 18, to stay for another season following a string of impressive performances since moving on loan from Arsenal in January. (Daily Star) 
Liverpool are lining up a £3m summer bid for 18-year-old Rangers defender Danny Wilson.(Scottish Sun) 
Wigan are strong favourites to land Hamilton's James McArthur after stepping up their interest in the midfielder. (Daily Mail)


Chelsea's director of football Frank Arnesen would like to bring in former Dutch and Ajax coach Marco van Basten, 45, as a possible replacement for under-fire boss Carlo Ancelotti. Van Basten has been out of the game for a year since since resigning as Ajax coach in May 2009. (IM Scouting) 
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is not leaving Villa Park and instead has held a crunch meeting with his players in which he demanded a vast improvement after their 7-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.(Daily Mirror) 
Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is set to sign a new four-and-a-half-year deal with the Toffees, earning him £25,000 a week. The news will disappoint Manchester United and Chelsea, who have had their eyes on the 19-year-old.(Daily Mirror) 
Blackburn midfielder Martin Olsson will not be charged with improper conduct, despite admitting that he dived to win his side a penalty against Burnley on Sunday.(Daily Mail) 
West Ham's joint-chairman David Sullivan is in Dubai seeking new investment in the club. (The Sun) 
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has offered to help Cowdenbeath, with the cash-strapped Fife club's future uncertain.(Scotsman) 



Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has had a ticking-off - not from boss Rafael Benitez but his English teacher. The Italian, who joined the Merseyside club from Roma eight months ago, said: "I'm not having regular lessons at the moment. At first I did but it has been difficult more recently and my English teacher is angry about this."(The Sun)