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Saturday's gossip column

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Real Madrid have signed winger Julian Faubert on loan from West Ham (Spanish media 1212 GMT).

Russia striker Andrei Arshavin is flying to London from Dubai to wrap up a move to Arsenal. (Sky Sports News 0700 GMT)

Tottenham will step up their quest for a new striker after losing Jermain Defoe for at least three weeks with a foot injury. (Sky Sports News 0600 GMT)


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to pay 18m to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Wigan's Luis Antonio Valencia. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have held talks in London that could secure the services of Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz, Newcastle keeper Shay Given and Arsenal defender Kolo Toure. (Daily Mail)

Everton boss David Moyes hopes to wrap up a deal to bring 8m-rated Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan from French club Rennes. (Sun)

Striker El-Hadji Diouf was sold by Sunderland to Blackburn because of a dramatic dressing-room bust-up with team-mate Anton Ferdinand. (Various)

Everton have made an attempt to seal the loan signing of Tottenham's Darren Bent to ease their striker crisis. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have already sold Giovani Dos Santos to Portsmouth for 7m after the Mexican midfielder failed to impress at White Hart Lane. (Sun)

Bolton boss Gary Megson has tabled a bid for Portsmouth midfielder Sean Davis after losing Kevin Nolan to Newcastle. (Sun)

Alternatively, Megson has increased his bid for Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder Miguel Veloso to 14m. (Guardian)

Fulham are confident of completing the loan signing of Derby midfielder Giles Barnes. (Guardian)

Manchester City have failed with their most audicious bid of the transfer window - luring Chelsea captain John Terry. (Times)

Sunderland have made bids for Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia and Manchester City's Tal Ben-Haim. (Times)

Portsmouth want to take 19-year-old Manchester City striker Daniel Sturridge on loan until the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Reading have snubbed Wigan's 5m offer for Stephen Hunt which could let in Spurs, but Harry Redknapp could also be alerted by Marseilles left-back Taye Taiwo who is keen on a move to White Hart Lane. (Sun)

Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll is on the verge of buying Hibs striker Dean Shiels for 100,000. (Daily Mirror)

Gordon Strachan has given Shunsuke Nakamura his blessing to quit Celtic at the end of the season. (Press Association)

Derby have beaten off competition from Cardiff to sign Motherwell striker Chris Porter. (Various)

Burnley are still trying to convince Celtic to loan them defender Darren O' Dea until the end of the season. (Daily Express)

Hibs have rejected a third offer from Colchester for skipper Rob Jones, which could have netted them 500,000. (Various)


Manager Tony Adams believes he still has the full backing of the Portsmouth board and the club's fans. (Sun)

Gennaro Gattuso is the latest AC Milan star to try and persuade David Beckham to stay at the club once his three-month loan spell ends. (Sun)

Luiz Felipe Scolari has accused referees of picking on Chelsea and singling his players out for red cards. (Daily Express)

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted for the first time that he nearly joined Inter Milan last summer. (Sun)

Nicolas Anelka has embarrassed his boss Phil Scolari by insisting Sir Alex Ferguson is the big difference between Chelsea and Manchester United. (Sun)

Joe Kinnear claims Charles N'Zogbia deserved "six of the best with a cane" for his "schoolboy" attack on the Newcastle boss. (Daily Mirror)


Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has laughed off talk he is cracking up as the Premier League title race hits boiling point, insisting he is "very, very positive" (Various)

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see also
Friday's gossip column
30 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
29 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
28 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - January 2009
31 Jan 09 |  Football
SPL ins and outs
21 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League

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