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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007, 09:12 GMT
Thursday's football gossip
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Blackburn defender Lucas Neill will snub Liverpool to sign for West Ham. (Various)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has hit out at Neill after he turned down Champions League football to double his money with the Hammers. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham defender Calum Davenport is set to join West Ham for 3m. (Various)

St Etienne and Real Betis are reportedly interested in Aston Villa striker Milan Baros. (The Independent)

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has told Chelsea that Tal Ben Haim is "a lot better than they think" after the Blues had a 2m bid rejected for the defender and refused to up the offer. (The Sun)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will get the chance to sign the player he craves most after Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho hinted he wants to leave Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Reading have made an approach to sign Luton defender Leon Barnett and are among the clubs interested in Middlesbrough centre-half Seb Hines. (Various)

Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze, who has been linked to Tottenham, Juventus, AC Milan and Valencia but could leave on a free transfer in the summer, has told Manchester United he is going nowhere. (Daily Star)

Manchester United have failed in an 8m bid for Southampton defender Gareth Bale. (Various)

Southampton have slapped a 12m price tag on Bale. (Daily Express)

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has turned down a move to West Ham. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough are ready to swoop for Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere. (The Sun)

Fulham are interested in West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green. (Daily Mirror)

Mido is set to be offered an escape route from Tottenham by Celta Vigo. (Various)

Reading will make a final 2m bid for Colchester defender Greg Halford, whose value they believe is being over-inflated at 4m by his club. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth are targeting Arsenal defender Lauren. (The Sun)

Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie, who has just returned from a loan spell at Stoke, wants to go back out on loan after falling out of favour at Villa Park. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom captain Curtis Davies has revealed that he laughed when he heard his club had priced him out of a move to the Premiership by putting a 10m price tag on his head and he added: "I did not realise the club valued me so highly." (Daily Mirror)

Wigan have launched a 5m bid for Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are set to move for Crewe contract rebel Billy Jones. (Various)

Watford are to take midfield free agent Khalilou Fadiga, who had a heart scare when at Bolton, on trial. (Daily Mirror)

Watford have told Tottenham they can sign winger Ashley Young - if Spurs splash out and then loan him back to the Hornets for the season. (Various)

Portsmouth striker Kanu has been told he can join PSV Eindhoven. (Daily Mirror)

QPR are set to release veteran Wales keeper Paul Jones, 39. (Various)

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner is in talks with Reading over taking their director of football Nicky Hammond to the Midlands club. (Daily Star)

Reading are considering a move for Metz midfielder Daniel Bocande. (Daily Star)

West Ham are on the verge of beating Charlton to the signing of Sevilla striker Kepa Blanco. (Daily Star)

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock has told prospective buyers that striker Geoff Horsfield will not be sold cheaply. (Various)

Wigan striker Lee McCulloch will ask for a transfer to realise his dream to play for Rangers. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock are bidding to sign Celtic midfielder Rocco Quinn on loan. (Daily Record)

Bolton are looking at Rennes defender Jean-Joel Perrier-Doumbe, who spent last week on trial at Celtic. (The Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool are looking into the possibility of signing Valencia defender Roberto Ayala, who is expected to join Villarreal in the summer, until the end of the season. (The Guardian)

Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu is ready to reject Watford and Leeds in favour of a move to Rangers (Daily Express)

Hearts have rejected a 2.5m offer from Fulham for goalkeeper Craig Gordon (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko says he is sick of being made the scapegoat over the problems at Stamford Bridge. (Various)

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is turning down jobs in the hope of succeeding Jose Mourinho in the summer - if the Chelsea boss leaves Stamford Bridge. (The Guardian)

Jack Kachkar, the Canadian businessman on the verge of buying Marseille, has denied that he intends to appoint former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson as coach if the sale goes ahead. (The Times)

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is set to miss Sunday's Premiership showdown with Manchester United after suffering a knock in training. (The Sun)

Former England captain David Beckham received an apology from Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon in front of the whole squad after he called the midfielder "a half-actor living in Hollywood" for choosing to agree to join LA Galaxy in August. Real are also back-pedalling over their threat that Beckham would never play for the club again (Various)

Helsingborg chairman Sten-Inge Fredin has cast doubts over Manchester United's chances of extending striker Henrik Larsson's loan deal beyond March 12 after initially appearing to be ready to consider an extension to the agreement. (Various)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to be crowned player of the year because his form is "frightening". (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have opened new contract talks with striker Nicklas Bendtner, who is on loan at Birmingham and who has attracted interest from Lyon, AC Milan and Juventus. (Daily Express)

Charlton defender Ben Thatcher has apologised to Pedro Mendes for the elbowing incident that put the Portsmouth midfielder in hospital in August and led to an eight-game ban for Thatcher, who was at Manchester City at the time. Charlton visit Portsmouth on Saturday. (Various)

West Ham striker Dean Ashton, who broke an ankle in August, is targeting a return to first-team action next month. (Daily Telegraph)

AND FINALLY...

David Beckham's new club LA Galaxy will help pay his wages by holding February trials in which would-be players can pay around 65 to have an opportunity to earn a place in the squad. (The Times)

Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone, who watched Everton play Reading on Sunday, allegedly said of the beautiful game on the set of football film Escape to Victory in the 1980s that he "hated the game". (Daily Mail)

Coventry chairman Geoffrey Robinson did not only mistake football agent Andy Gray for Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray in a telephone conversation regarding the future of departing manager Micky Adams. He also allegedly patted Adams' assistant Alan Cork on the back after a game, saying: "Well played, Pagey", having mistaken him for Sky Blues defender Robert Page. (Daily Mail)



SEE ALSO
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