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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 January 2008, 15:48 GMT
Thursday's gossip column
Transfer rumoursOther gossipAnd finally ...

BREAKING GOSSIP

606: DEBATE

Aston Villa are stepping up their attempts to sign Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe according to sources close to the midlands club (Press Association 1636 GMT).

Rangers are in talks with West Ham to take Christian Dailly on loan for the rest of the season (BBC Scotland, 1545 GMT).

Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson confirms he "just needs one last discussion" with Rangers over signing Ugo Ehiogu, but the signs are "looking favourable" (BBC Radio Sheffield, 1445 GMT).

Everton confirm they have agreed an unspecified fee with Birmingham for James McFadden (Press Association 1445 GMT).

Newcastle have joined Aston Villa in the chase for 10m Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe (thisislondon.co.uk 1415 GMT).

Investment company Dubai International Capital ready to make offer for Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks's stake in the club. (Liverpool Echo, 1324).

Brazilian striker Fred says he will stay at Lyon, dashing Tottenham's hopes of signing him. (Agence France Presse, 1302 GMT).

Birmingham are close to signing Scotland striker James McFadden from Everton for a fee in the region of 5m. He is set to discuss personal terms before undergoing a medical (Press Association, 1235 GMT).

Celtic target Daniel van Buyten has told Bayern Munich he wants to stay and fight for his place (Glasgow Herald, 1215 GMT).

Middlesbrough target Afonso Alves could be on his way from Heerenveen to AZ Alkmaar, after the provisional judgement of a Dutch FA hearing into the clubs' pre-contract agreements went against Boro (Press Association, 1150 GMT).

Cardiff's Robbie Fowler will not play again this season after surgeons discovered a new hip injury (icwales.co.uk, 1145 GMT).

Former Fulham manager Chris Coleman could be in line to be Kevin Keegan's number two at Newcastle (thisislondon.com, 0950 GMT).

Aston Villa have held talks with Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe (Birmingham Post, 0900 GMT).

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenige says "the file is closed" on Manchester City's reported interest in German international striker Lukas Podolski (Goal.com, 0858 GMT).



Keep an eye on our gossip column during the day for updates and breaking rumours throughout the transfer window.

TRANSFER RUMOURS

Bolton could make a surprise move for Aston Villa's Olof Mellberg now they have money after selling Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea (Mirror).

Chelsea will ask Barcelona for Lionel Messi or AC Milan for Kaka if Didier Drogba decides to join either team in the summer (Mirror).

Fulham will make Kansas City Wizards striker Eddie Johnson the club's fifth American signing (Sun).

Tottenham have had no takers for Darren Bent, who they are prepared to sell at a loss despite having only signed him last summer (Independent).

Portsmouth have been told they can only sign Tottenham's Jermain Defoe on a permanent deal and there is no chance of a loan (Independent).

Birmingham are keen to sign Huddersfield goalkeeper Matt Glennon after he helped knock them out of the FA Cup third round (Mirror).

Manchester United are close to sealing a deal for 17-year-old identical twin defenders Fabio and Rafael Silva, who are both Brazilian youth internationals (Times).

Derby have rejected another bid from Maccabi Tel Aviv for American midfielder Benny Feilhaber (Telegraph).

Real Madrid say they will "just have to keep working" on their bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United (The Sun).

Sheffield United are keen to sign Ugo Ehiogu from Rangers as he has made just 12 appearances in the last year (Sun).

Nottingham Forest will make a third take-it-or-leave-it offer for Coventry's Leon Best (Star).

Spanish club Osasuna are to make an increased bid for Celtic's Evander Sno (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Reading are to introduce sniffer dogs looking for drugs as fans enter the Madjeski Stadium but insist it is preventative rather than because there is a problem (Mirror).

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher says he "hasn't got a clue" if he will ever win the Premier League title with the club (Independent).

Mark McGhee will talk with the Scottish Football Association about staying as Motherwell boss before becoming Scotland manager at the end of the season (Guardian).

AND FINALLY

Portsmouth say they are "puzzled" by Sol Campbell's criticism of the amount of money they are investing in the side and have told him to stop criticising the club for lacking ambition (Star).

QPR's players may be forced to return 3,000 watches given to them by Flavio Briatore as FA rules say any wages, bonuses or inducements must be registered within their contracts (Express).



SEE ALSO
Transfers - January 2008
17 Jan 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
16 Jan 08 |  Gossip


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