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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 December 2007, 07:32 GMT
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Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley faces a 20m bill if he wants to axe under fire boss Sam Allardyce and his backroom staff. (Sunday Express)

But Allardyce has vowed to fight on, despite rumours of a dressing room mutiny and players hoping Alan Shearer takes over at St James' Park. (News of the World)

Boss Mark Hughes is prepared to allow Robbie Savage and contract rebel Jason Roberts to leave Blackburn Rovers. (News of the World)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is banking on chairman Niall Quinn to hand over the necessary cash in the January transfer window to bring in the new players he feels he needs to keep the club in the Premiership. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City and Sunderland lead the chase to sign Celtic defender Bobo Balde. (News of the World)

Sunderland will make a double raid for Celtic defender Bobo Balde and Portsmouth midfielder Matt Taylor in the transfer window. (News of the World)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is ready to make a swoop for 16.5m Spurs striker Darren Bent, who played under him at Charlton. (Sunday Express)

Chelsea and Manchester City have had to put their respective bids for Croatia star Luca Modric on hold after he opted to stay at Dinamo Zagreb until the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Newcastle expect Michael Owen to stay at St James' Park after Manchester City's interest has cooled. (Observer)

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is a target for Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City. (Various)

Czech Republic defender Tomas Ujfalusi has rejected a chance to move to Liverpool in a 500,00 deal. (Observer)

Bolton, Celtic and Hearts have been offered the chance to sign Barcelona midfielder Ezquerro. (Sunday Mail)

Derby defender Tyrone Mears is a target of Wigan manager Steve Bruce. (News of the World)

Unsettled Tottenham defender Anthony Gardner faces a 3m switch to Birmingham City. (News of the World)

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is ready to swoop for Saudi Arabian striker Yasser Al Qahtani in a 7m move. (People)

Roy Hodgson is ready to make Watford striker Marlon King his first signing as Fulham boss after being given 15m to spend in January. (People)

Celtic will sign Dundee United midfielder Barry Robson for 1.25m within 48 hours. (Sunday Mail)

Everton striker James McFadden could hand in a transfer request as he wants to join Celtic. (Sunday Mail)

Birmingham hope to beat Celtic to the signature of Scotland forward James McFadden from Everton. (News of the World)

Rangers have jumped ahead of Celtic and English clubs to sign Hibernian left-back David Murphy. (Sunday Mail)

Corinthians right-back Coelho has confirmed that he will sign for Celtic on 2 January. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan says a deal to sign Sevilla full-back Andreas Hinkel is not yet done. (various)

Celtic striker Maciej Zurawski is holding out for a move to LA Galaxy despite interest from clubs in Europe. (News of the World)

Rangers manager Walter Smith has denied suggestions he is interested in Aston Villa striker Luke Moore. (Sunday Mail)

Hibernian forward Dean Shiels says he would have left the club in January had John Collins remained as manager. (Sunday Mail)

St Johnstone and Partick Thistle have joined Dundee in chasing Inverness defender Stuart McCaffrey. (various)

Motherwell midfielder Simon Mensing could return to St Johnstone this week. (Scotland On Sunday)

Hearts striker Roman Bednar has been promised a permanent deal with West Brom if he continues to impress on loan. (various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United stars they face the axe if they step out of line again after their infamous Christmas Party. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has warned boss Rafa Benitez that the club's boardroom unrest will be no excuse for dropping out of the title race. (News of the World)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has clashed with Kieran Richardson after the midfielder's call not to be rushed back into action after injury. (News of the World)

Mark Hughes dished out the hairdryer treatment to his Blackburn players in a training ground tirade following a string of below-par performances. (Daily Star Sunday)

AND FINALLY

Sir Bobby Robson reckons Sam Allardyce can save his job at Newcastle by encouraging his team to play with a bit more style. (Sunday Times)

Former Swindon boss Paul Sturrock's voice is still being used to greet callers to the club's automated switchboard, despite the fact he left for Plymouth in November. (Sunday Times)



SEE ALSO
Transfers - December 2007
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