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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 January 2006, 03:21 GMT
Saturday's gossip column

Newcastle's injury problems could get worse as it feared Shola Ameobi may need a hip operation that could rule him out for the rest of the season (Mirror).

Middlesbrough want Marseille's Abdoulaye Meite as Ugo Ehiogu's replacement (Mirror).

Tottenham plan to start talks with Mido about a permanent transfer when he returns from the African Nations Cup (Independent).

Lomana Tresor Lua Lua says he wants to sign a new contract at Portsmouth and would happily stay there for the rest of his career (Express).

Thierry Henry says it is not financial that are preventing him signing a new contract at Arsenal, but he needs to know the extent of the club's ambition (Sun).

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley has told Birmingham Jason Euell will cost them 1.5m if they want to sign him (Sun).

West Ham are keen to re-sign defender Glen Johnson from Chelsea (Telegraph).

Rangers have rejected a bid from Birmingham to sign Peter Lovenkrands, insisting the Dane is not for sale (Mirror, Record and Telegraph).

Sir Alex Ferguson insists he will not burn out Wayne Rooney by over-playing him in the build-up to the World Cup (Mail).

Everton's 5m summer signing Per Kroldrup is a target for German club Schalke, despite having only made one appearance since signing from Udinese in the summer (Mail).

Gordon Strachan says Celtic are willing to let Stilian Petrov see out the remaining 18 months of his contract and leave for free rather than sell him before he becomes a free agent (Guardian).

Bayern Munich's Michael Ballack has arranged a meeting with Real Madrid to discuss a possible move (Times).

Arsene Wenger says Southampton's Theo Walcott, who has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, could be the next Thierry Henry (Times).

German outfit FC Nuremburg have joined the chase for Hibernian striker Derek Riordan. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren's Gus MacPherson and former Blackpool boss Colin Hendry are among the fron-runners for the vacant manager's job at Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (Daily Express)

Falkirk are chasing Peterborough United defender Sagi Burton. (Daily Express)

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