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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 November 2006, 10:33 GMT
Sunday's football gossip
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to land a new forward and Charlton's Darren Bent tops Manchester United's January transfer window shopping list. (Sunday Express)

Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese forward Nani is another option. (Sunday Mirror)

Arjen Robben could be on his way out of Chelsea come the season's end. The Blues are lining up a move for Lyon's Florent Malouda. (News of the World)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill seems ready to let Czech striker Milan Baros leave the club. (NOTW)

Liverpool are lining up a move for Rosario Central's young Argentine striker Marco Ruben to beat off competition from a host of Premiership clubs. (People)

And they will go head-to-head with Merseyside rivals Everton in January for Derby's promising youngster Giles Barnes. (People)

Liverpool's Salif Diao, who is on loan at Stoke, will not return to Anfield while Rafa Benitez is boss. (NOTW)

Manchester United have issued a "hands-off" warning to clubs interested in defender Jonny Evans. (People)

And the Red Devils may rekindle their interest in Serbian keeper Vladimir Stojkovic after he told French club Nantes he wants to leave. (People)

Manchester United's Alan Smith wants to join Bayern Munich on loan after turning down short-term deals at Everton, Newcastle and Aston Villa. (People)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane asked about his former team-mate's availability but got short shrift. (NOTW)

Instead the Black Cats hope to sign Arsenal striker Anthony Stokes on a permanent or temporary basis when his loan at Falkirk ends. (People)

Sunderland are also closing in on Sheffield United's Paul Ifill. (NOTW)

Tottenham are sniffing around Lens winger Olivier Thomert. (NOTW)

But Spurs are also keen on luring Fulham's Luis Boa Morte across London in the next transfer window. (People)

US winger Clint Dempsey will choose Charlton ahead of London rivals West Ham and Fulham in January. (People)

Birmingham chief David Sullivan would "move heaven and earth" to sign Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastian Larsson and Fabrice Muamba on permanent deals from Arsenal if the Blues win promotion. (Various)

Egyptian striker Amr Zaki is dreaming of a move to England with Blackburn leading the way. (NOTW)

And Blackburn are keeping tabs on West Brom midfielder Jason Koumas. (NOTW)

Scott Brown is set to leave Hibs in January with Wigan, Rangers, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough leading the chase for the midfielder. (People)

And Middlesbrough have lined up a 2m move for Sturm Graz midfielder Christoph Leigeb. (Mirror)

Coventry are keen on South African keeper Rowen Fernandez, who has also been linked with Boro. (Mirror)

And the Sky Blues will step up their attempts to land Ipswich winger Darren Currie on loan. (People)

Newcastle are interested in Ivory Coast midfielder Steve Gohouri, but face competition from Wigan and Rangers for the Young Boys Berne player. (NOTW)

The Magpies will offer Aston Villa James Milner in an effort to lure midfielder Steven Davis. (NOTW)

And Newcastle are lining up a 500,000 swoop for unsettled Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney, after the player halted contract talks. (Sunday Mail)

Cardiff will look to boost their promotion push by signing Celtic's Stephen Pearson. (People)

And the Bluebirds are closing in on Luke Chambers of Northampton. (People)

Bolton may make a move for Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson. (NOTW)

Steve Sidwell says Reading's recent run of form makes it more likely he will stay at the club. (Various)

Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan has been told by new boss Dennis Wise that he has no future at the club. (People)

Millwall are keeping tabs on Brighton boss Dean Wilkins who has yet to sign a contract at the Seagulls. (People)

Brighton may also be losing winger Dean Cox who is attracting interest from Portsmouth and Southampton. (People)

OTHER GOSSIP

A clause in the contracts of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez allows West Ham to terminate their deals in January. The Hammers will. (People)

West Ham will be sold to Eggert Magnusson for 98m this week. (NOTW)

Wolves owner Jack Hayward is prepared to drop his asking price for the club from 40m to 20m. (NOTW)

The going rate at Leicester City is 25m and former Pompey chief Milan Mandaric is getting ever closer to securing the club. (Sunday Telegraph)

Montreal Canadiens NHL owner George Gillet is lining up a 250m takeover package for Liverpool. (Independent on Sunday)

Or will it cost the American billionaire 450m? (Mail on Sunday)

David Beckham says he is enduring the worst period of his career but has no intention to leave Real Madrid. (NOTW)

Tp prove the point Becks has rejected overtures from Italian side Inter Milan. (People)

Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant Manchester United can do the double of Champions League and Premiership this season. (NOTW)

Newcastle's Kieron Dyer says he is "embarrassed" to have been injured and unable to play so frequently when he is being paid so much money. (People)

Former Celtic forward John Hartson has rubbished criticism of Rangers striker Kris Boyd and predicts a bright future for him at Ibrox. (Sunday Herald)

Southampton defender Claus Lundekvam will quit the game when his contract expires in 18 months. (People)

West Ham striker Dean Ashton says setting a date for his return from a broken ankle would be tempting fate. (Mirror)

Former Luton player Iain Dowie is being lined up as the club's new manager after Mike Newell's recent disputes with chairman Bill Tomlins. (Various)

The FA could investigate reports of irregular betting activity ahead of Iain Dowie's Charlton sacking. (People)

Watford's Chris Powell could be in line for a third spell at Charlton to work alongside new coach Les Reed. (People)

England assistant coach Terry Venables says reports he has fallen out with head coach Steve McClaren are "utter rubbish". (NOTW)

AND FINALLY...

Derby boss Billy Davies threatened his club's worst trainer with compulsory attendance at The East Midlands Gay Wedding Show - the venue was Pride Park - if the Rams lost at Coventry last weekend. (People)

Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd says he wants inconsistent referees "put in the stocks" and pelted with tomatoes. (People)



SEE ALSO
Saturday's football gossip
18 Nov 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
Transfers - November 2006
01 Nov 06 |  Gossip & Transfers


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