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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1725: Portugal striker Hugo Almeida - who is reportedly a target for Real Madrid, Sporting Lisbon and Valencia - has pledged his future to Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen and has ruled out a transfer in January's winter break.

1620: Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger - who is reportedly wanted by Manchester United - has asked Germany team-mate Sami Khedira about life at Real Madrid as the midfield star considers whether to extend his contract.

1559: Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is in talks over signing a new contract, according to the Russian's agent.

0955: Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham head a shortlist of takeover targets for the Qatar royal family, who are looking to follow up on their success in landing the 2022 World Cup.
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0910: Liverpool could pip Spurs to the signing of Ajax striker and captain Luis Suarez in January.
Full story: Metro


Wolves boss Mick McCarthy wants Tottenham's Robbie Keane to make a sensational return to Molineux and fire the club to Premier League safety.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce could leave Ewood Park unless he is allowed to bid for targets such as Keane and former Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool are mulling over a move to sign Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho from AC Milan, with Los Angeles Galaxy also interested in buying him at the end of the season.
Full story: IM Scouting

West Ham are planning to lure Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City in a cut-price deal in January. (Daily Star)

Man City have been encouraged to step up their interest in Benfica defender David Luiz after he indicated he would prefer a move to Eastlands over Chelsea.
Full story: Daily Mail

Juventus are prepared to let Momo Sissoko go to Aston Villa - but the Italian giants will demand £6m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Meanwhile, Villa and Wigan are both interested in out-of-favour Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
Full story: talkSPORT

Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks admits he may have to quit the club after talks over a new contract broke down.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham and Bolton are both in the frame to land Real Madrid's out-of-favour midfielder Sergio Canales.
Full story: talkSPORT

Real Madrid are looking to sign Liverpool target and France midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to the Spanish press.
Full story: talkSPORT

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Dinamo Zagreb's teenage full-back Sime Vrsaljko.
Full story: Daily Mail


Martin Jol has ruled himself out of the running to become Newcastle manager because of his friendship with Chris Hughton, who was sacked from the job on Monday.
Full story: The Times (subscription required) Jol has been put off the job by the offer of a results-based contract and next to nothing to spend.
Full story: Daily Express

Jol's decision means former West Ham and Charlton boss Alan Pardew is likely to be named Magpies boss by the weekend.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle top scorer Andy Carroll could lead a dressing room revolt over the club's decision to sack Hughton.
Full story: The Independent

Arsenal star Samir Nasri is to be rewarded for his brilliant form with a new five-year contract worth £21 million.
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic could quit the club if he is shunted back out to right-back, the Serbia defender's agent has warned.
Full story: Daily Mail

Meanwhile, Ivanovic's Stamford Bridge team-mate Didier Drogba is expecting an emotional return to former club Marseille on Wednesday.
Full story: The Guardian

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has once again distanced himself from stories linking him with the England manager's position.
Full story: talkSPORT

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez admits he is in deep water at Inter Milan after crashing to a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Werder Bremen.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Les Murray, a Australian member of Fifa's ethics committee, has described the decision to award to the 2022 World Cup to Qatar as "lunacy".
Full story: The Times (subscription required)


Aston Villa fans have expressed their fury at manager Gerard Houllier over his "love-in" with his former club Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night. Supporters sent online messages to Villa director Charles Krulak complaining that the Frenchman ignored travelling fans but applauded the Kop after the match.
Full story: The Sun

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see also
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
08 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
06 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
06 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
06 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - November 2010
24 Nov 10 |  Football

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