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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2008, 06:49 GMT
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Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is set to spend 7m on Slovakia international defender Martin Skrtel. (Telegraph)

Aston Villa want to sign Arsenal defender Justin Hoyte and Reading striker Kevin Doyle. (Telegraph)

Birmingham are continuing to track Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras. (Telegraph)

Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is wanted by Barcelona, but the Finn intends to remain at the Reebok stadium until the summer. (Telegraph)

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos will pay 8m to make Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim his first signing. (Telegraph)

Spurs are also weighing up a 9m bid for former Chelsea midfielder Tiago, who has struggled to make an impact since joining Juventus. (Telegraph)

Meanwhile, striker Jermain Defoe has revealed he has been told by Ramos he can leave White Hart Lane if he wants to - but the 25-year-old has vowed to fight to stay at the club. (The Sun)

However, Aston Villa have been alerted to Defoe's availability and manager Martin O'Neill is keen to make an offer for the England forward. (Guardian)

Chelsea need to increase their bid for Bolton's Nicolas Anelka from 10m to 15m if they are to secure the Frenchman's services. (The Sun)

Ipswich have dismissed speculation that midfielder Danny Haynes is set to join either West Ham or Everton. (Telegraph)

Fulham are interested in signing Falkirk's Portuguese striker Pedro Moutinho. (Telegraph)

Liverpool may move for 17-year-old Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare, after he expressed a desire to play in the Premier League. (Telegraph)

Manchester City are set to sign a forward, with Peter Crouch, Fred, Lukas Podolski, Amanto Mancini and Vagner Love all on their list. (Telegraph)

Portsmouth defender Matt Taylor is wanted by Reading, Bolton, Sunderland and Rangers. (Telegraph)

West Ham are interested in Portsmouth striker David Nugent. (Telegraph)

Leeds chairman Ken Bates has slapped a 3m price tag on 15-goal top scorer Jermain Beckford, who is attracting interest from Derby. (The Sun)

Fulham are set to sign Jean-Alain Boumsong on loan from Juventus. (The Sun)

Coventry's 3m-rated striker Michael Mifsud is wanted by Birmingham, Wigan and Reading. (The Sun)

Birmingham and Wigan are battling it out to capture Swedish defender Erik Edman, who plays for Rennes. (The Sun)

Liverpool's 18-year-old left-back Emiliano Insua is wanted by Spanish club Real Sociedad on a six-month loan deal. (The Sun)

Everton manager David Moyes is close to signing Sheffield Wednesday defender Frank Simek. (The Sun)

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is confident he will sign Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt, despite having an improved 3m offer rejected. (The Sun)

Derby manager Paul Jewell has begun negotiations with Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage over a 2m deal to bring him to the club. (The Sun)

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri is keen on signing unsettled Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko. (Guardian)

Rangers still want full-back Alan Hutton to join Tottenham. (The Times)

Spurs have tabled an increased offer for Hutton but the Scotland star is likely to knock it back. (various)

Celtic have reached an agreement with JEF United to sign Japanese midfielder Koki Mizuno. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood is threatening to resign unless the board back him with a transfer fund. (various)

Hibernian have rejected Birmingham's 1m offer for left-back David Murphy (Daily Record & Mail)

Manchester City are set to sign midfielder Nashat Akram and make him the first Iraqi player to appear in the Premier league. (The Times)

Birmingham have taken AIK midfielder Dulee Johnson on trial and are also monitoring VfB Stuttgart left-back Ludovik Magnin. (The Times)

Portsmouth and Reading are interested in signing Lille forward Nicolas Fauverge. (The Times)

Bolton want 2m-rated Hearts striker Andrius Velicka. (Daily Mail)

Torino president Urbano Cairo has insisted the club does not want to sign Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi. (the Independent)

Middlesbrough are in talks to sign Heerenveen's Brazilian striker Afonso Alves. (various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Borussia Dortmund fans do not want the club to sign Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann because he used to play for their rivals Schalke 04. (Telegraph)

Hibernian want Phil Parkinson, who is currently Charlton assistant boss, as their new manager. (The Sun)

Liverpool's owners are lining up Jurgen Klinsmann to replace manager Rafael Benitez. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

Manchester United want David Beckham to become the club's global ambassador when he retires from playing. It is a role that would net the former England skipper around 2m a year. (The Sun)



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