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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 January 2008, 07:20 GMT
Tuesday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United contacted Tottenham about signing Dimitar Berbatov four weeks ago, but they are thought to want to sign him in the summer rather than now (Times).

Chelsea could hijack Manchester United's interest with a 26m offer for Berbatov (The Sun).

Hull and Leeds both want to sign Manchester City's Danny Mills (Daily Star).

Valencia want to sign Liverpool's John Arne Riise (Times).

Sheffield Wednesday have been priced out of a move for John Hartson, who has been told he can leave West Brom (Daily Star).

Dundee United boss Craig Levein says captain Barry Robson, who has been linked with Celtic, is worth 2m (Daily Record).

Real Madrid will focus their efforts on signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer (Mirror and Express)

Watford's Marlon King and Bobby Zamora of West Ham are on Roy Hodgson's wish list after he took over as Fulham manager (Mirror).

Barcelona are interested in Manchester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel after Jens Lehmann turned down a chance to move to the Nou Camp as back-up for Victor Valdes (Mirror).

Everton are poised to make Plymouth's versatile 17-year-old Ryan Gosling their first signing of the transfer window (Mirror).

Reading's Kevin Doyle is a surprise name on Chelsea's January shopping list, along with Bolton's Nicolas Anelka (Independent).

Bolton boss Gary Megson says the transfer window is "rubbish" and he would like to see its legal validity challenged in court (Telegraph).

OTHER GOSSIP

Javier Mascherano says he does not want to play for any other team in England if Liverpool decide not to make his loan move permanent (Daily Star).

Queen's Park boss Billy Stark is to be the new Scotland U21 manager (Daily Record).

Harry Kewell, who is out of contract in the summer, says his time at Liverpool has been so injury-plagued he dare not think about a new contract (Sun).

Sunderland's Daryl Murphy seems unenthusiastic about the possibility of joining QPR, saying "I've a good few years left on my contract here" (Sun).

Watford captain Jay DeMerit has warned his team-mates their jobs are on the line after a dramatic loss of form in the Championship (Mirror).

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has hinted he would be happy to get rid of Robbie Savage, saying he is frustrated and "doesn't take not playing very well" (Express).

Derby chairman Adam Pearson is refusing to admit their survival hopes are over but admits they face "a very difficult challenge" to stay in the Premier League (Express).

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor has caught the eye of new England coach Fabio Capello and could be called into his first squad next month (Mail).

But John Terry is likely to miss the game against Switzerland as he could be out for two to three months with broken bones in his foot (Guardian).

AND FINALLY

Manchester United put on an alcohol-free Christmas pantomime at the training ground, with youth team players performing impressions of senior players (Daily Star).

Aston Villa's Wilfred Bouma says Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor are so frustratingly talented to play against in training he has to restrain himself from kicking them (Daily Star).

Even after he had won his first Scotland cap, Alex McLeish's father asked then Aberdeen boss Sir Alex Ferguson to persuade him to continue training as an accountant (Mirror).

West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green has no Christmas decorations up in his house as he says playing over the festive period makes it just like any other part of the year (Independent)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce says buying a player in the transfer window is "like buying puppies at Christmas - you have to make sure it's long term and for the right reasons" (Telegraph).



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