Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, 34, claims he snubbed Tottenham Hotspur this summer to remain with Lazio.

Full Story: Daily Mirror

Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose says he rejected a move to Tottenham during the summer

Blackpool want to re-sign striker DJ Campbell from QPR permanently in January, but are happy to sign the 30-year-old on loan first.

Full Story: Daily Mirror

Fiorentina have denied that there is any pre-contract arrangement with Manchester City over the future of 22-year-old forward Stevan Jovetic. Sporting director Daniele Prade has said that Jovetic remains a Viola player "at least until the end of the season".

Full story: Sky Sports

Manchester United are fighting it out with Juventus, Roma and Lazio for Sassuolo's Italy Under-19 striker Domenico Berardi, 18.

Full Story: talkSPORT

Fulham are lining up a move for 24-year-old goalkeeper Sinan Bolat from Standard Liege. The Turk had been invited to Craven Cottage for rehabilitation on a cruciate knee injury by manager Martin Jol and the Dutchman now believes that he would make the ideal understudy to Mark Schwarzer.

Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, 28, insists his rivalry with David de Gea, 21, is good for the team.

Full Story: Metro

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is determined not to shake the hands of either John Terry or Ashley Cole when Chelsea visit Loftus Road on Saturday.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels an increased sense of responsibility to return success to Anfield after attending a vigil in memory of the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

Full story: the Guardian

Former Aston Villa defender Gareth Southgate believes that West Brom's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth is the ideal candidate for the Football Association's technical director vacancy. Southgate, who was the FA's head of elite development, was one of the early favourites for the role, but ruled himself out of the running in June.

Full story: Express and Star

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, 25, has been urged by boss Sam Allardyce to end a pay dispute that could see him leave on a free next summer.

Full Story: Daily Mirror

Right-back Bacary Sagna, 29, is given a dressing down by Arsene Wenger after complaining about the sales of Robin van Persie, 29, and Alex Song, 25.

Full Story: Daily Telegraph

Wayne Rooney, 26, revealed how Manchester United players once got a burst of Alex Ferguson's infamous 'hairdryer' - moments after they clinched the 2006-07 title.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney reveals how Alex Ferguson blasted Manchester United's players after they won the title in 2007

Full Story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says manager Arsene Wenger is as driven and excited as he's ever been.

Full Story: Daily Telegraph

It's easier for players at big clubs to get England call-ups, says Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson, 24.

Full Story: Daily Mirror

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez reckons former Latics loan signing Tom Cleverley, 23, is capable of playing "total football".

Full Story: The Guardian

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is facing the sack at current club Palmeiras after a 3-1 defeat to Vasco de Gama left the Brazilian side seven points adrift of safety in the Brazilian league.

Full story: the Telegraph

Former England and Rangers striker Mark Hateley believes that the pressure will only ease on Scotland boss Craig Levein when he decides to select Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes in his starting line-up.

Full story: Daily Record

AND FINALLY

Liverpool owner John Henry has denied suggestions that he plans to sell the Boston Red Sox for £600m to concentrate on funding the Premier League club.

Full story: Boston Globe (subscription required)

Actor and West Ham fan James Corden's stag night featured a star-studded kickabout on the pitch at Upton Park.

Full story: the Metro

Londoner Matt Wolstenholme has set a new world record for the longest distance juggling a football after keeping the ball in the air for 20km. The 30-year-old estimates that he took 36,000 touches over 50 laps of an athletics track.

Full story: 101 Great Goals