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EURO 2012 GOSSIP

England's victory against hosts Ukraine has set up a quarter-final clash with Italy and got the British newspapers raving about Wayne Rooney's vital goal in their headlines.

The Sun says: Weave Done It - Roo heads winner with new hairdo

Daily Mail: Thatch the way to do it. Weave got Italy next, thanks to Rooney (and a useless official).

Daily Star: Hairoo - Wayne's gel of a guy to set up Italian job.

Daily Mirror: Too good to be Roo.

Independent: England get over the line.

The Times quotes Rooney saying: "We can end hoodoo."

Other Euro 2012 gossip

Midfielder Andres Iniesta, 28, believes the current Spain side is better than the one that won the 2010 World Cup and can go on to win Euro 2012.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Joachim Loew
Germany's Joachim Loew is the only coach with a 100% record at Euro 2012

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin lost his temper with a journalist after the Euro 2012 defeat to England, asking him outside for "man conversation".

Full story: Daily Mail

Germany coach Joachim Loew has rejected the suggestion that he has abandoned 'romance for realism' in pursuit of the European title.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, 27, is a doubt for the quarter-final against England with a hamstring injury.

Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

AC Milan are considering a move for Liverpool's 29-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona want a new defender and have Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen, 26, Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, 26, and Chelsea's David Luiz, 25, on their hit-list if they are unable to sign their No.1 target, Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez, 23.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong, 27, who has one year left on his contract, says he is unsure about his future despite signalling his desire to stay at the Premier League champions.

Full story: the Sun

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has ruled out a move for Manchester City, Italy and former Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 21.

Pepe Reina
AC Milan could make a move for Pepe Reina

Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland are winning the race to sign striker Louis Saha, 33, who is a free agent after leaving Tottenham, ahead of interest from the Middle East.

Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham have upped their bid to land Grant Holt, 31, to £5.5m after seeing a £3m offer rejected by Norwich.

Full story: the Sun

Newcastle are ready to seal a deal for FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, 21, by paying £9m but have failed to sign France right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 26, from Lille.

Full story: Daily Mail

Clint Hill, 33, signs a one-year deal at QPR - snubbing a switch to Leeds.

Full story: the Sun

Celtic are in pole position to sign Tranmere Rovers full-back Danny Holmes with rivals Rangers facing a transfer embargo and Liverpool having sacked manager Kenny Dalglish.

Full story: Daily Record

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who has been on loan with Celtic for two seasons, has told manager Neil Lennon that he is ready to sign a permanent deal, a £2m transfer fee having already been agreed with Newcastle United.

Full story: Daily Express

It looks increasingly likely that midfielder Steve Jennings will reject a new contract with Motherwell as he looks to return to English football.

Full story: Daily Express

Australian defender Ryan McGowan has pledged his future to Hearts despite interest from clubs in England's Championship.

Full story: Daily Record

OTHER GOSSIP

Tottenham have had direct negotiations with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas and they are poised to offer him a deal to succeed Harry Redknapp.

Full story: Guardian

The Italian potential owners of Watford have indicated former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola could become the new manager of the Hornets.

Full story: Watford Observer

Walter Smith has walked away from Rangers for the last time, having reluctantly abandoned an 11th-hour bid to take over the club after chief executive Charles Green's consortium refused to sell to a group led by the former team manager.

Full story: Daily Record

Celtic Supporters Association will vote on Sunday whether to call a boycott on clubs who vote for a "newco" Rangers to be admitted to the Scottish Premier League.

Full story: Daily Express

Two-thirds of football fans believe Rangers should be thrown out of the Scottish Premier League and the passion of supporters of other clubs could force their chairmen to vote against the Ibrox club being admitted now that they are owned by a new company.

Full story: Daily Record

Stuart McCall might not be able to strengthen his Motherwell squad for their Champions League debut, the manager having been forced to wipe £200,000 off his wage bill.

Full story: Daily Express

The Scottish Football League has called an emergency board meeting to discuss a merger with the Scottish Premier League after the Scottish Football Association pressed for change in the structure.

Full story: Daily Record

AND FINALLY

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney may have inadvertently revealed the secret behind his match-winning performance against Ukraine - a middle-of-the-road pre-match playlist.

Full story: Metro

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