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Last Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007, 08:20 GMT
Friday's football gossip
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Bayern Munich are planning a 15m move for Chelsea winger Arjen Robben, paving the way for Owen Hargreaves to join Manchester United. (Daily Star)

Arsenal defender Lauren, whose contract is up in the summer, has held talks with West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will pay 2m for 20-year-old Argentine Sebastian Leto - although he will stay at his club Lanus until the end of the season. (Sun)

Watford have signed Southampton midfielder David Prutton for 250,000. (Daily Mirror)

The Hornets have rejected West Ham's 7m bid for Ashley Young but they could be tempted by Aston Villa's planned 8m offer. (Times)

Reading will make a shock 3m bid for Sheffield Wednesday defender Madjid Bougherra. (Daily Mail)

David Dunn is set complete his move from Birmingham to Bolton. (Daily Mail)

Fulham boss Chris Coleman will watch Hearts pair Paul Hartley and Craig Gordon against Celtic on Sunday. (Daily Express)

Celtic will make another attempt to sign New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph. (Daily Express)

Celtic have offered Hibernian 4m for midfielders Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson. (Sun)

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray admits he has made inquiries about Hibernian pair Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson. (Scotsman/Herald)

Charlie Millar and Robbie Winters could leave Brann Bergen for Gimnastick de Tarragona. (Daily Express)

Falkirk have targeted Inverness Caley Thistle striker Craig Dargo and Airdrie midfielder Steve McDougall. (Daily Record)

Scotland striker Garry O'Connor is hoping to win a release from Lokomotiv Moscow. (Daily Record)

Chelsea have joined the race to sign Hamilton Accies midfielder James McCarthy. (Daily Record)

Portsmouth hope to make West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun their next signing. (Sun)

Rangers have stepped up their bid to sign defender David Weir from Everton after Andy Webster's move from Wigan hit a hitch. (Daily Record)

Rangers boss Walter Smith will axe several players and aims to bring in up to six new players during January. (Daily Express)

Dwight Yorke wants to leave Sunderland and return to Australia with Sydney FC. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn defender Lucas Neill could yet join West Ham ahead of Liverpool as the Hammers will offer better personal terms. (Daily Telegraph)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed to a "close friend" that he will quit Chelsea in the summer. (Sun)

Mourinho's breaking point came when the club refused to sanction a swap deal involving Aston Villa's Milan Baros and Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Independent)

Mourinho will take over at Inter and is looking for houses in Milan. (Sun)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich won't ask Russia coach Guus Hiddink to replace Mourinho for fear of upsetting president Vladimir Putin. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea captain John Terry is suffering from a nerve problem in his back and does not know when he will return. (Daily Mail)

David Beckham wants Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Luis Figo to join him in the United States. (Sun)

Beckham rejected offers from AC Milan, Inter, Marseille and Lyon in order to join LA Galaxy. (Independent)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger axed Freddie Ljungberg after learning the Swede had joined a Hollywood talent agency. (Daily Mirror)

Watford have promoted defender Malky Mackay to first-team coach in place of Dave Hockaday. (Daily Mail)

Birmingham could be docked points because of the state of their pitch - though a fine is more likely. (Sun)

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans is the hot tip to be the new Wrexham boss. (Sun)

Scotland will ask Alex McLeish or Gary McAllister to replace Walter Smith as national boss. (Independent/Daily Express)

Portsmouth coach Joe Jordan has emerged as a favourite for the Scotland manager's job. (Scotsman)

Hamilton's much-wanted 16-year-old midfielder, James McCarthy, has chosen to play for Ireland instead of Scotland. (Scotsman)

Rangers must pay compensation of 400,000 to the SFA after luring Smith to Ibrox. (Daily Record)

Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted on television he is Marseille's new manager. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY...

A Cardiff fan is planning to pay for him and 20 fellow supporters to watch the game at Wolves from an airship because Bluebirds fans are banned from Molineux. (Sun)

LA Galaxy's new signing David Beckham can look forward to playing at Pizza Hut Park next season - the home of FC Dallas. (Daily Express)

Manchester City's teenage defender Micah Richards horrified guests at the PFA's centenary celebration by turning up in scruffy jeans and an 'Elvis Jesus' T-shirt. (Daily Express)

Fulham's new signing Clint Dempsey is also a hip-hop star who goes by the name of 'Deuce' and scored a big hit last year with 'Don't Tread', a track recorded to mark the United States' participation in the World Cup. Sample lyric: "Game took hold like the roots of a tree, Thank God soccer's a sport and Nike sign me". (Times)



SEE ALSO
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