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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 November 2006, 07:35 GMT
Thursday's football gossip
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce has been told the club cannot afford to re-sign Shaun Wright-Phillips from Chelsea - despite the fee likely to be less than a third of the 21m they sold him for. (The Sun)

Liverpool and Barcelona are ready to battle it to sign Blackburn's 28-year-old Australian defender Lucas Neill. (Various)

Keith Gillespie is desperate for Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season. (Daily Star)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan wants to sign Watford defender Danny Shittu (Scottish Sun)

Tottenham are ready to bid 2.5m for 17-year-old French midfielder Adel Taarabt, who has just broken into the Lens first team. (Daily Star)

Motherwell striker Scott McDonald is on the brink of a 600,000 move to Wolves (Scottish Sun)

And Spurs boss Martin Jol also his eye on West Brom defender Curtis Davies and is set to move for him in January. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have rejected 'wonderkid' Freddy Adu after the American teenager spent a week on trial at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea's Lassana Diarra is wanted on loan by Marseille and Lille, but Newcastle are also interested in the French midfielder. (Daily Star)

Rangers are tracking Lazio's 3m-rated Macedonian striker Goran Pandev (Scottish Daily Express)

The Ibrox club are also credited with an interest in Hibs right-back Steven Whittaker and Aberdeen skipper Russell Anderson (Scottish Daily Mail)

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock wants Leeds' 2m-rated defender Matthew Kilgallon. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth are ready to pay 2m for South Korea international striker Lee Chun-Soo. (Various)

Charlton keeper Stephan Andersen will join Denmark's Brondby in January. (Various)

Fulham have agreed a deal to sign 23-year-old forward Clint Dempsey from American side New England Revolution. (The Times)

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has moved to ward off Arsenal's interest in Charles N'Zogbia, saying the midfielder will not be leaving St James' Park. (The Times)

Celtic will offer Arsenal 1m for striker Anthony Stokes, who is currently on loan at Falkirk. (The Independent)

Everton boss David Moyes is chasing Sparta Prague's 22-year-old midfielder Thomas Sivok. (The Independent)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has told former Spain international Gaizka Mendieta he can leave the club. (The Independent)

Striker Carlos Tevez has insisted he will fight for his place at West Ham, dampening speculation linking him with a move back to Argentina. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

West Ham's hopes of moving into the London Olympic stadium have been boosted after the club's new owner Eggert Magnusson had a "constructive" meeting with London 2012 officials. (Various)

Bayern Munich's England international midfielder Owen Hargreaves will not play again this season after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation from a broken leg. (Various)

AND FINALLY...

Veteran Steve Claridge is hoping a club somewhere will take him up on his offer to play for nothing so he can chalk up his 1,000th match - he is stuck on 999. (Various)

Newcastle misfit Albert Luque escaped injury yesterday when a lorry, sporting a Liverpool flag in its window, accidentally ploughed into his 60,000 Porsche. Luckily the Spaniard was outside his car checking for a puncture at the time. (Various)

Real Madrid are in talks to sponsor rugby team CRC Madrid Noroeste, who play in the same league as FC Barcelona Rugby. (Various)

Real also hope to have their own 140-seat private jet for team travel by the end of the year. (The Times)



SEE ALSO
Wednesday's football gossip
29 Nov 06 |  Gossip & Transfers
Transfers - November 2006
01 Nov 06 |  Gossip & Transfers


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