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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 07:08 GMT
Tuesday's football gossip
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will try to sign Valencia striker David Villa for 22m in January to replace 30m flop Andriy Shevchenko. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, Shevchenko is spending his own cash on bringing a personal physiotherapist from Italy to solve his knee problem. (Daily Express).

Owen Hargreaves is now close to recovering from a broken leg and is ready to beg Bayern Munich to let him join Manchester United when the transfer window opens on 1 January. (The Times)

Manchester United are also watching Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres, who would cost over 20m. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are ready to make a 12m swoop for Tottenham's Jermain Defoe. (Daily Mirror)

And Manchester United are also keeping tabs on Hamilton's 16-year-old midfielder, Jamie McCarthy. (Daily Star)

Liverpool and Celtic are trailing teenage QPR striker Ray Jones. (Daily Star)

Aiden McGeady will extend his Celtic contract in 18 months time if they treble his wages to match Premiership terms. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic and Newcastle are interested in Ajax striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. (The Sun)

Rangers have re-opened talks with winger Chris Burke about a new contract. (Various)

Rangers goalkeeper Lionel Letizi would seek a move in January if he fails to win back his first-team place. (Daily Mail/Daily Express)

Reading are lining up a 3m bid for Egypt midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika. (Daily Star)

Dundee United manager Craig Levein has confirmed his interest in Shelbourne striker Jason Byrne. (Various)

Falkirk are poised to move for University College Dublin goalkeeper Darren Quigley. (Daily Express)

Lazio, Genoa and Brescia are keen to take striker Mauricio Pinilla, who has failed to shine with Hearts on loan from Sporting Lisbon. (Daily Express)

Wolves will kick out right-back Jackie McNamara in the transfer window. (Daily Star)

Cardiff and Derby are ready for a 600,000 battle to sign Crewe's David Vaughan. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have dropped points at home this season because of their new ground - and reckons the same would happen to Chelsea or Manchester United if they moved. (Daily Mirror)

The FA will contact Preston after their stadium announcer said at half-time on Saturday: "Welcome to the second half of the Uriah Rennie show." (The Sun, Daily Express)

Dunfermline are facing an injury crisis, with 20 first-team players missing. (Various)

Ayr United have unveiled plans for a 7,600-seat stadium at a cost of 18m. (Various)

AND FINALLY...

David James says his new side-parting haircut, which cost 250, might be shaved off. "I went to a lady in Exeter who did a great job but after seeing it over the weekend I might shave it off."

Spurs' Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov is not concerned that the fans do not sing his name - because he says it's too much of a tongue-twister. "It's probably because my name is too difficult for them to fit into a song," said Berbatov. "Even when I played for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, the fans did not have a song for me."



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


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