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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 January 2008, 07:13 GMT
Wednesday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is set to axe eight players - keeper Paul Robinson, Jermain Defoe, Pascal Chimbonda, Lee Young-Pyo, Anthony Gardner, Paul Stalteri, Wayne Routledge and Hossam Ghaly. (The Sun)

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is tracking unsettled Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra. (Various)

That could allow Emre to leave St James' Park for Bayern Munich, Monaco or Galatasaray. (The Sun)

But Newcastle face competition for Diarra's signature from Tottenham, Everton and Blackburn. (Various)

However, Arsenal have slapped a hefty 6m price tag on the head of the 22-year-old Frenchman to ward off interested parties. (The Sun)

Rangers full-back Alan Hutton has turned down a second, improved, offer to join Tottenham. (The Times)

Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko is on the verge of completing a move to Juventus, initially on a loan before a 10m deal in the summer. (The Sun)

Bolton boss Gary Megson is not resigned to losing striker Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea, and is hopeful a transfer fee will not be agreed. (various)

Aston Villa and Manchester City have made official inquiries about Newcastle forward Obafemi Martins. (The Sun)

Manchester United's Ryan Shawcross is set to join Stoke for 1m. (various)

Birmingham hope to complete the signing of Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras before the weekend. (The Sun)

Reading are hoping to fend off Sunderland's interest in Stephen Hunt by making the midfielder their highest earner at the club. (various)

Bolton and Derby are fighting it out to sign Sheffield Wednesday's highly-rated midfielder Glenn Whelan. (The Sun)

Hibernian have launched a bid to bring Kilmarnock striker Colin Nish to Easter Road. (Daily Record)

Manchester City and Middlesbrough are set to move for Heerenveen's 15m-rated Brazilian striker Afonso Alves. (various)

City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is also hoping to tie up a deal for Iraq playmaker Nashat Akram. (The Sun)

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is keen on Lyon's 24-year-old Brazilian striker Fred, who is also wanted by Portsmouth and Paris St Germain. (The Sun)

Coventry and Sheffield United are in a race to sign Southampton's 1m-rated midfielder John Viafara. (various)

Charlton manager Alan Pardew is preparing to make a 1m offer for Sunderland's out-of-favour right-back Greg Halford. (The Sun)

Nottingham Forest are ready to make an improved bid of 600,000 for Coventry striker Leon Best. (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday are lining up a cheeky 100,000 move for Hull striker Stuart Elliott. (The Sun)

Southampton manager George Burley is set to pay 1m for Middlesbrough defender Andrew Davies. (various)

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp wants to tie up a loan deal for unsettled Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng before the weekend. (The Sun)

Norwich are set to bid 800,000 for Sheffield United's combative midfielder Chris Armstrong. (The Sun)

Charlton have been told by Burnley their 13-goal forward Andy Gray is not for sale. (The Sun)

Hibernian caretaker boss Tommy Craig has turned down a 1m bid by Birmingham for left-back David Murphy. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough are considering offering winger Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson in a swap deal for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe. (Daily Star)

Boro are also considering a move for Newcastle's Shola Ameobi. (The Times)

Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson will hand a trial to Iran international Ali Reza Nikbakht. (Daily Star)

West Ham are lining up bids for reading defender Nicky Shorey, Portsmouth striker David Nugent and Bolton forward El Hadji Diouf. (Mirror)

QPR will make River Plate midfielder Rusculleda their ninth signing of the transfer window. (Mirror)

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is ready to raid former club Rangers to sign striker Kris Boyd. (Mirror)

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has offered Portuguese club Guimaraes 2.5m for their Brazilian defender Pedro Geromel. (Mirror)

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is monitoring Galatasaray and Turkey forward Hasan Sas. (Mirror)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is close to signing Rennes' former Tottenham defender Erik Edman. (Mirror)

Bruce is also after Ecuador striker Carlos Tenorio. (Various)

Manchester City are in talks with Marseille over striker Mamadou Niang and midfielder Samir Nasri. (Various)

Meanwhile, Marseille are interested in signing City's out-of-favour midfielder Ousmane Dabo. (Daily Mail)

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is ready to offer 3m for Everton striker James McFadden after having a 2.5m bid turned down. (Daily Mail)

Derby boss Paul Jewell is considering a move for Kansas City Wizards striker Eddie Johnson. (Daily Mail)

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has ended his interest in signing Liverpool winger Harry Kewell because his wages are too high. (Daily Mail)

And Hodgson's hopes of signing West Ham striker Bobby Zamora may be foiled for the same reason. (Guardian)

Sunderland manager Roy Keane wants to sign unsettled Birmingham midfielder Olivier Kapo. (Daily Mail)

QPR boss Luigi De Canio is preparing to make a 1.5m offer for Plymouth striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. (Daily Mail)

Plymouth are lining up a move for Celtic's Derek Riordan, but face competition from Burnley for the striker. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants to sign Villarreal's creative midfielder Matias Fernandez. (Telegraph)

West Ham are interested in signing young Argentine striker Nicholas Mazzola. (Telegraph)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is keen on signing Sheffield United forward Rob Hulse. (Guardian)

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce may move for Bolton's 5m-rated skipper Kevin Nolan. (Independent)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has pleaded with the club's owners not to sack him. The Spaniard has reiterated his commitment to the club as speculation mounts regarding his future. (The Times)

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is set to be receive an official approach from the Republic of Ireland to return as manager. (Daily Star)

AND FINALLY

Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman has revealed he wants to become a monk. He says he spends as much time thinking about God as he can and claims that his only vice is tattoos, but is becoming less obsessed with them thanks to the Lord's help. (The Sun)



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