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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 November, 2004, 00:22 GMT
The gossip column
All the latest gossip from Sunday's newspapers.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is aiming to replace Ryan Giggs with Real Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari in the summer. (Various)

Manchester rivals City are set for a 40m takeover in the New Year through Norwegian shipping magnate Inge Steensland. (Sunday Express)

Chelsea have moved to the front of the queue to sign Brazilian ace Robinho. The club have jumped a march on Real Madrid for the 14m star. (News of the World)

David Beckham has refused to open talks over a new deal with Real Madrid until the end of the season. (News of the World)

Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Malaga's Juanito after the midfielder called off fresh contract talks with the La Liga club. (Sunday Mirror)

But any hopes of signing Barry Ferguson look to have been quashed by the club's current striker crisis. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsene Wenger could offer Emmanuel Petit a return to Highbury on a short-term deal. The player has been training with the club. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Wenger also looks set to be boosted by news that Edu looks on course to sign a new contract with Arsenal. He is out of contract in the summer. (Various)

Middlesbrough are preparing a 3m bid to bring Norwich goalkeeper Robert Green to the Riverside in the New Year. He is being lined up as Mark Schwarzer is looking increasingly likely to leave the club. (Various)

Boro boss Steve McClaren is also being tempted with another foray into the transfer market for Ghanian international midfielder Derek Boateng. (Various)

Everton boss David Moyes has not given up his interest in Porto striker Benni McCarthy. He will most likely cost the majority of the 10m available to Moyes. (Various)

Moyes are also in interested in Tottenham front man Robbie Keane. Spurs have slapped a 7m price tag on his head. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Graeme Souness has given up hope of signing Chelsea midfielder Damien Duff. Instead he will sign three defenders. (News of the World)

Defensive target Jean-Alain Boumsong, however, won't be one of Souness' signings, insisting he would rather stay at Rangers instead. (Daily Star on Sunday)

One who may be on the way to St James' Park is Belgian international centre-half Daniel van Buyten. He previously tried to sign him for Blackburn Rovers. (The People)

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock has his sights set on Garry Doherty after failing to sign Liverpool striker Neil Mellor. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham are planning to dip into the January transfer market by signing Portsmouth striker Yakubu and Dutch international midfielder Mark van Bommel. (Sunday Mirror)

A goalkeeping battle is on for the services of Fulham stopper Edwin van der Sar between Premiership rivals Arsenal and Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Harry Redknapp will finally quit Portsmouth next week in the wake of his spat with chairman Milan Mandaric. (News of the World)

Four English clubs are battling for the services of Belgian goalkeeper Silvio Proto. The quartet in question targeting the 4m-rated player are Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham and Portsmouth. (News of the World)

Liverpool are to off-load Stephane Henchoz to Charlton and then use the 1m as extra collateral to lure Fernando Morientes to the club. (News of the World)

Former Tottenham boss Jacques Santini could make an immediate return to football management with Lens or Marseille. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Liverpool are going to make an official bid for Manchester City striker Nicholas Anelka in the New Year. The player is likely to cost 8m. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Olivier Bernard wants a staggering 8m to re-sign for Newcastle. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Leeds want to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Sean Derry for the bargain price of 250,000. (The People)

Lomana LuaLua is ready to turn his back on Portsmouth next year and instead make a move to French side Monaco. (The People)





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