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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 November 2005, 07:09 GMT
Wednesday's gossip column
All the latest football gossip from the day's papers.

Portsmouth will sack manager Alain Perrin in the next three weeks and have made Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock their leading target. (Star)

Hernan Crespo could leave Chelsea in January after a furious row with Jose Mourinho over selection. (Mail)

With Arjen Robben also unsettled, Chelsea expect a further spending spree during the transfer window. (Mirror)

Man Utd hope to sign Michael Ballack, whose contract with Bayern Munich expires at season's end, to a pre-contract deal in January. (Independent)

Newcastle boss Graeme Souness will scout Fenerbahce striker Tuncay Sanli, 23, this week when Turkey play Switzerland. (Star)

Wigan will offer Pascal Chimbonda a new contract to stop him activating a 1m get-out clause during January. (Mirror)

West Ham are keeping a keen eye on Panathinaikos striker Emmanuel Olisadebe. (Mirror)

Wigan have denied reports Nathan Ellington could rejoin them on loan after struggling to establish himself at West Brom. (Times)

Arsenal are to offer a contract extension to Robin van Persie, who has two-and-a-half years left on his current deal. (Times)

Man Utd have added Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong, currently with Ajax, to their transfer wish list. (Mirror)

Liverpool and Man City lead the chase for Ajax's South African midfielder Steven Pienaar but Celtic, Fulham and Arsenal are in the hunt. (Mail)

Everton are the leading candidates to sign unsettled Spurs striker Robbie Keane in January. (Mail)

Blackpool boss Colin Hendry faces the sack after the FA Cup loss to Doncaster and poor league form. (Mail)

Manchester United scouts watched France U21 left-back Lucien Aubey playing for Toulouse for the fourth time on Saturday. (Guardian)

Liverpool's American defender Zak Whitbread could be heading to Port Vale on loan after just seven matches at Anfield. (Times)

Newcastle are lining up a move for midfielder Papa Bouba Diop, currently at Fulham. (Independent)

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is keen to sign striker Marcus Bent from Everton. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are ready to pay a club record 20m for Atletico Madrid's teenage star Fernando Torres. (Sun)

Lee Hendrie has given an ultimatum to Villa, either to play the midfielder or let him go on loan. (Sun)

The majority shareholder at Hearts, Vladimir Romanov, is set to renew his bid to sign Zenit St Petersburg's Lithuania striker Robertas Poskus. (Daily Record)

Ex-Scotland boss Berti Vogts has ruled himself out of the battle for the post of technical director with Germany's Football Federation. (Daily Record)

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