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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has rejected a move to Manchester City. The Premier League big spenders tabled a world record 129m bid. (Private Spanish radio station Cadena Ser)

Manchester City are determined to spend 70m to sign a "world superstar" in the January transfer window with Kaka, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres, Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Samuel Eto'o all in the frame. (Independent)

Manchester City and Chelsea are leading the race to sign 26-year-old Valencia striker David Villa. (Mirror)

Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz wants a move to Manchester City in January. Rovers turned down a 12m bid from City in the summer, but are prepared to up their offer to 15m, with defender Nedum Onuoha thrown in. (Daily Mail)

City boss Mark Hughes is also contemplating a 6m bid for Italy's World Cup winning left-back Fabio Grosso, 31, from Lyon. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will make a 3m move for Portsmouth keeper David James in the January transfer window. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Newcastle's Shay Given insists he has no plans to join Spurs as a replacement for under-fire keeper Heurelho Gomes. (Various)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any big money signings in the transfer window. (Guardian)

Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger is a target for AC Milan after new pay talks stalled. (Various)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is ready to bring Marlon King back from his season-long loan deal at Hull if Emile Heskey joins Aston Villa in the transfer window. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Bruce has been told there will be no money to spend in the January transfer window unless he sells first. (Sun)

But the fact that Villa, Liverpool and Manchester United are eyeing 7m-rated winger Antonio Valencia could be good news for the Wigan boss. (Mirror)

Spanish giants Barcelona are ready to hijack Portsmouth's bid to permanently sign on-loan defender Nadir Belhadj for 3.5m from Lens. (Mirror)

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish will pay 1m to lure Lee Bowyer from West Ham. (Various)

Newcastle and Sunderland are set to fight for Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton. (Sun)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho has admitted he came close to joining Manchester City in the summer, before leaving Barcelona for AC Milan. (Times)

Former England coach and Arsenal boss Don Howe has come out of retirement at the age of 73 to help Ipswich. (Various)

Rangers manager Walter Smith will have to offload up to six players if he is to secure the signature of Portuguese midfielder Tonel. (Daily Record)

Abdessalam Benjelloun's career at Hibernian could be over after the Moroccan took a swipe at Mixu Paatelainen's tactics. The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Charleroi. (The Sun)

Celtic are keen on Norwegian international Erlend Hansvelt. The 27-year-old left-back has arrived in Glasgow for talks with Gordon Strachan after the SPL champions tried to sign him seven season ago. (Daily Express)

Scottish First Division clubs could be given the greenlight to pursue SPL2. A legal ruling, set to take place next Wednesday, could give the SPL permission to create a second-tier comprised of teams from the SFL. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he used to hate Manchester United before his 29.1m move to Old Trafford. "I couldn't stand United when I was 21 because they used to win everything," he said. "I said I'd never go there." (Mirror)



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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
02 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
01 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
30 Nov 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
29 Nov 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - December 2008
02 Dec 08 |  Football


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