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Friday's gossip column

Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Manchester United have slapped a £75m valuation on Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to ward off the unwanted attentions of Spanish giants Real Madrid. (Daily Express)

United, meanwhile, could hijack Tottenham's £8m move for Rangers full-back Alan Hutton. Newcastle, along with leading clubs on the continent, are also showing interest. (Times)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has had an audacious bid for Blackburn's Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz rejected. He will now turn his attention to Vagner Love and Peter Crouch. (Times)

Hot property Dimitar Berbatov will cost at least a British transfer record £35m if any of his suitors - Manchester United or Chelsea - are to prise the forward away from Spurs. (Various)

Bolton manager Gary Megson is closing in on Portsmouth utility player Matt Taylor. (The Sun)

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is primed to splash £5m on Watford striker Marlon King - and is also chasing Liverpool centre back Sami Hyypia. Fulham also want Czech giant Jan Koller from Monaco. (Daily Express)

Birmingham are keen to secure the services of occasional Man United midfielder Darren Fletcher and Spurs defender Anthony Gardner. The pair could cost £5m. (Express)

Seemingly disgruntled by his lack of opportunities at Upton Park, Dean Ashton could leave West Ham with Manchester City, Tottenham, Newcastle, Portsmouth and even Chelsea possibly interested. (Daily Star)

Blackburn's Robbie Savage tops Derby manager Paul Jewell's transfer window wishlist. Other targets include Savage's team-mate Jason Roberts, along with Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson, Tottenham's Hossam Ghaly and former Newcastle star Lauren Robert. (Daily Express)

Jens Lehman's proposed move from Arsenal to Borussia Dortmund has broken down because of his wage demands. (Times)

Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly monitoring the situation of Javier Mascherano at Liverpool. (Independent)

Italian giants Juventus are also tracking the Argentine international, who Liverpool have still not secured on a permanent deal. (Mirror)

Bolton are chasing Celtic's giant centre back Bobo Balde. Boss Gary Megson also wants to raid his old club West Bromwich Albion for Zoltan Gera and Paul Robinson. (Mirror)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is reviving his interest in Paris Saint-Germain defender Bernard Mendy. (Express)

Former Celtic player and ex-Norwich City boss Peter Grant is a shock candidate for the manager's job at Hearts. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

England boss Fabio Capello will take in two FA Cup ties this weekend - most likely Man United v Villa and Liverpool v Luton - before he officially starts his new job at Soho Square on Monday. (Daily Mail)

Gary Neville could make his long-awaited return from injury when Manchester United meet Villa in the FA Cup on Saturday. (Various)

Chelsea fear John Terry could miss the rest of the season with his troublesome ankle injury . (The Sun)

Sven-Goran Eriksson reckons Man City keeper Joe Hart is the answer to the England goalkeeping crisis. (The Sun)

Steve Finnan says Liverpool's title hopes will be over if they suffer one more slip-up at Anfield. (Independent)

Joey Barton may now have been bailed from jail - but he will not be getting close to the Newcastle squad in the near future. (The Guardian)

AND FINALLY

Steve Clarke - not Avram Grant or Henk ten Cate - tore into Chelsea's players at half-time against Fulham, questioning their commitment and demanding they raise their game to inspire their fightback which saw them take all three points at Craven Cottage. (Times)

Birmingham City have called 16-year-old midfielder Jordon Mutch into their squad for Saturday's match at Huddersfield Town and, if selected, he will break Trevor Francis' record as the youngest Blues player to play in the FA Cup. (various)

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has warned his team-mates that they should not rile Manchester United when they meet them in the FA Cup this weekend by scoring a goal too early. (various)



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see also
Transfers - January 2008
02 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
03 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
02 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
01 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
31 Dec 07 |  Gossip


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