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Last Updated: Friday, 28 December 2007, 07:57 GMT
Friday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...


Manchester City are leading the race to sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Luka Modric. The Croatia star is set to cost Sven-Goran Eriksson 20m (Daily Express)

But Chelsea are also desperate to sign Modric to help ease their growing injury list, that now includes Frank Lampard. (Guardian)

Avram Grant could also move for Daniel Alves, Maicon Douglas and Nicolas Anelka in a sensational 50m spending spree. (Independent)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in pole position to sign Barnsley keeper Heinz Muller for 1m. (Various)

Muller's arrival would pave the way for out-of-favour Jens Lehmann to leave Arsenal and rejoin Borussia Dortmund. (Various)

Sunderland have held talks with Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage about a possible move to the Stadium of Light. Savage would cost Roy Keane around 1.5m. (Daily Mail)

Bolton are keen on Portsmouth midfielder Matt Taylor but could be put off by the 5m price tag the south coast outfit are placing on his head. (Daily Mail)

Everton boss David Moyes has placed a 25m price tag on Mikel Arteta to scare off Spanish giants Valencia. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic are negotiating with Everton about the transfer of James McFadden and hope to sign the striker in time to face Rangers on 2 January. (The Sun)

Sevilla have pulled the plug on Andreas Hinkel's move to Borussia Dortmund after Celtic lodged an improved offer for the right-back. (Daily Record)

Celtic will lose out on Andreas Hinkel despite an improved bid because the defender wants to join Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Mail)

Bobo Balde will hold showdown talks with Celtic to find out if he has a future at the club or should join Birmingham or Sunderland during January. (Daily Express)

Bobo Balde wants his future sorted out before the African Nations Cup starts on 6 January and the defender hopes to remain with Celtic. (The Herald)

Celtic have offered out-of-favour striker Maciej Zurawski to Maccabi Tel-Aviv. (various)

Rangers are hoping to sign England Under-21 striker Luke Moore, but Aston Villa would prefer a permanent transfer to a loan deal. (The Sun)

Midfielder John Rankin has been told he can leave Inverness and hopes to move in January despite a recent return to the first-team. (The Sun)

Reading manager Steve Coppell is set to land Nigerian striker Udo Nwoko from Portuguese club Leixoes for 1.25m. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate will add Sheffield United's Rob Hulse to his squad for around 2.2m (Daily Mirror)

Cesc Fabregas' agent has said there is "no chance" the young Arsenal star will move to Real Madrid despite interest from the Spanish giants. (The Sun)

Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Barcelona's 16-year-old starlet Thiago Alcantara, who has yet to sign a pro deal at the Nou Camp. (The Sun)

Bryan Robson is hoping new signing Gary Speed can persuade former Bolton colleague Ivan Campo to join him at Bramall Lane. (The Sun)

Tottenham striker Darren Bent is keen to link up with his former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley at West Ham. (Daily Star)

Dundee United hope to secure Leicester striker Eric Odhiambo on loan until the end of the season. (Daily Express)

Gretna will be paid 20,000 by Dundee United for left-back Danny Grainger, who will sign a two-and-a-half year contract. (Daily Express)

St Mirren are close to securing New England Revolution midfielder Andrew Dorman on an 18-month contract. (various)


Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is on the brink of being sacked, with Alan Shearer waiting in the wings to replace him. (Various)

Portsmouth keeper David James has accused former England manager Steve McClaren of offering him nothing but a cheese roll during his 18 months in charge. (The Times)

Hearts players have demanded changes to training methods after they met privately to discuss their recent poor form. (Daily Record)


Aberdeen youngster Chris Maguire faces a major rap after posting an abusive outburst on his official website about Rangers stars Barry Ferguson and Alan Hutton. (Daily Record)

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