Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

West Bromwich Albion have told Birmingham City they want to sign on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster, 28, on a permanent deal.

Chelsea will look to lure Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, 26, to Stamford Bridge this summer in an effort to give themselves more options up front.

Full story: Caught offsideexternal-link

Juventus winger Milos Krasic,external-link 27, has admitted he was wrong to snub a move to Tottenham, and claims there was never any possibility of him joining Chelsea.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Real Madrid have stepped up their interest in Chelsea target Douglas Baggio,external-link the 17-year-old striker who plays for Flamengo in Brazil.

Full story: talkSportexternal-link

Demba Ba
Demba Ba is attracting interest from Chelsea

Blackburn's Junior Hoilett, 21, has been warned by manager Steve Kean that he might not be as big a star at another club, as Arsenal, Newcastle and Bayern Munich track him.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Norwich are set for a summer clearout, with Zak Whitbread, Elliott Ward and Aaron Wilbraham unlikely to be offered new deals.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Thierry Henry made a flying visit from the United States to see former Arsenal team-mate and close friend Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton midfielder who remains in hospital.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are chasing the services of former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain.

Full story: Insidefutbolexternal-link

Charles N'Zogbia says he is happy at Aston Villa, having been quoted in L'Equipe as saying he was "disgusted" after a meeting with boss Alex McLeish.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Paul Robinson insists he has no desire to return to the England fold despite Fabio Capello's departure as manager.

Full story: The Guardianexternal-link

Manchester City are under intense scrutiny from the European Commission as it clamps down on the unsustainable financing of football clubs.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt says team-mate Luis Suarez is getting back to his best.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

AND FINALLY

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has revealed he was in an early version of boy band JLS, having been childhood friends with one of the group's singers, Marvin Humes.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link