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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 December 2006, 08:59 GMT
Saturday's football gossip
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Chelsea have made an audacious bid for Portsmouth's former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell. (Daily Express)

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp will rebuff the approach but has joined the hunt for Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, who is also a 12m target for Newcastle. (Daily Star, The Sun)

Meanwhile, Newcastle are poised to make a 5.5m swoop for Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton and offer him a whopping 55,000-a-week salary. (Daily Mirror, Sun, Daily Express)

Tottenham will make a 3m offer for Watford's left-sided midfielder Ashley Young when the transfer window opens next week. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United boss sir Alex Ferguson wants Michael Kightly from conference side Grays - dubbed "the Ryan Giggs of non-league". (The Sun)

Celtic are set to follow up the signing of former Hearts skipper Steven Pressley by capturing Kilmarnock midfielder James Fowler. (Daily Record)

Hamburg have followed Stuttgart by making an enquiry for Arsenal's German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough have had a 3.5m bid for West Brom's Hungarian playmaker Zolton Gera knocked back by Baggies manager Tony Mowbray. (Daily Star)

Chelsea are prepared to open with an offer of 12m for Manchester City defender Micah Richards, but City chairman John Wardle wants 20m. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid are prepared to sell David Beckham to Inter Milan for 4m after talks over a new contract stalled. (The Sun)

Wigan look likely to pip neighbours Blackburn to the loan signing of Norway midfielder Kristofer Haestad. (Daily Mail)

Fulham boss Chris Coleman's New Year shopping list includes Everton's Simon Davies, Tottenham's Danny Murphy and Newcastle defender Titus Bramble. (The Sun)

England striker Darren Bent is happy to reject a big-money move to help Charlton's battle against relegation. (Daily Star)

Reading manager Steve Coppell is interested in Hibernian midfielders Kevin Thomas and Scott Brown, while West Ham striker Bobby Zamora is also on his shopping list. (The Sun).

Hayden Mullins and Marlon Harewood may be on their way from West Ham as new boss alan Curbishley looks to shake-up his squad. (The Sun)

Falkirk's on-loan striker Anthony Stokes could be set to remain in the SPL, after Arsene Wenger said he would not force the youngester to return to England. (Scottish Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United captain Gary Neville could be ruled out for up to six weeks as he faces a New Year operation on the calf and knee problems that have plagued him all season. (Sun)

Tony Adams has revealed he will quit as Portsmouth's assistant manager at the end of the season in an attempt to manage abroad - possibly Germany. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY...

Sponsors Barclays are offering a 15,000 donation to charity for the player who scores the landmark 15,000 Premiership goal in this afternoon's matches.

New Charlton boss Alan Pardew is set to sign a player first spotted by his Valley predessor Les Reed - China captain Zheng Zhi, who is to join on loan until the end of the season.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez says Steven Gerrard can be the "greatest player in the world" after the England midfielder was awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list.



SEE ALSO
Friday's football gossip
29 Dec 06 |  Gossip
Thursday's football gossip
28 Dec 06 |  Gossip
Transfers - December 2006
01 Dec 06 |  Gossip


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