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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 December 2005, 03:05 GMT
Thursday's gossip column

Tottenham are ready to make an audacious move for Swedish striker Henrik Larsson. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus will fend off any interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United for coach Fabio Capello by offering him a new 4m-a-year deal. (Daily Express)

Charlton are interested in a move for Norwich's 7m-rated forward Dean Ashton. (Daily Express)

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is prepared to axe six players in order to try and sign Ashton. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Juventus will have to wait until after the World Cup to fight for Spanish star Joaquin. (Daily Mail/Mirror)

Leeds have struck a deal to take winger Didier Agathe from Celtic and are also tracking Ulises De la Cruz. (Mail)

Chelsea are close to a deal with Ghana for Michael Essien to return early from the African Nations Cup. (Mirror)

Kevin Bond is free to join Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth after settling with Southampton. (The Sun/Mirror)

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is poised to sign Feyenoord's Japanese midfielder Shinji Ono. (Mirror)

Sunderland are interested in taking Celtic's out-of-favour winger Alan Thompson on loan. (Mirror)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez looks set to miss out on Deportivo La Coruna duo Cesar and Fabrizio Coloccini. (Mirror)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hit out at work permit rules that prevented him from signing Ronaldinho. (Daily Star)

Sunderland are favourites to take Celtic midfielder Stephen Pearson on loan, with Preston and Livingston being priced out a deal. (Express)

Celtic will make a 150,000 bid for Hibernian defender Gary Caldwell and could also bid for Dundee United full-back Mark Wilson in January. (Express)

English clubs have been made aware of striker Chris Sutton's availability in the summer as he nears the end of his current contract with Celtic, while out-of-favour midfielder Alan Thompson could join Sunderland on loan in January. (Sun)

Hull City want Falkirk striker Darryl Duffy and will make a 200,000 bid next week, with Watford, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday also interested. (Daily Record and Express)

Hearts are chasing Lithuanian defender Nerijus Barasa, according to his present club, Russians Kryla Sovetov Samara. (Sun)

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