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Friday's gossip column

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Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant managerial job at Sunderland, telling French TV: "No, I'm not interested." (The Guardian)

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon insists Sunderland's players have no idea who their new boss will be, saying: "We players just keep out of it - you never know who is going to come in." (The Sun)


Real Madrid's new manager Juande Ramos is considering a shock move for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson. (Spanish newspaper AS)

Harry Redknapp is desperately trying to offload striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, but the Spurs boss fears he may be stuck with the 13.8m summer signing. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has told former manager Juande Ramos he can only take winger Aaron Lennon to Real Madrid for 20m. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea will look to replace centre-half Alex with fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva, who will soon be out of contract at Fluminense. (The Sun)

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has been given the green light to move for Fiorentina marksman Giampaolo Pazzini by the player's club. (Daily Mirror)

Manager Tony Pulis is ready to smash Stoke's transfer record with a 6m swoop for Cardiff winger Joe Ledley. (Various)

Spurs are monitoring Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni, with the La Liga club ready to sell the 5m-rated 24-year-old next month. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are on the verge of agreeing a 4m swoop for Sporting Braga striker Orlando Sa. (Daily Mail)

William Gallas and Nicklas Bendtner could be allowed to leave Arsenal next month as part of Arsene Wenger's plan to freshen up his squad. (The Times)

Liverpool are tracking Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy, but the 22-year-old is also being monitored by Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Everton could swoop for Rennes full-back Rod Fanni in January after the Frenchman admitted he would love to move to the Premier League. (Various)

Manager David Moyes has identified Manchester City forward Jo as a solution to Everton's shortage of attackers. (The Times)

Hull want 5m-rated striker Aruna Dindane. The Lens star - who partners Didier Drogba for the Ivory Coast - has been linked with several Premier League clubs. (The Sun)

Sevilla are ready to turn down a 25m bid by Manchester City for striker Luis Fabiano. (Daily Star)

Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen is trying to persuade Dean Shiels to remain at the Edinburgh club, despite speculation linking him with a move to England. (The Scotsman)

Nottingham Forrest could be set to swoop for Rangers' Charlie Adam in the January transfer window. The midfielder is one of the number of players who could be put up for sale to bring in cash for the Glasgow club. (Daily Record)

Celtic will today complete the signing of Northern Ireland wonderkind Niall McGinn for a fee of 200,000. The Derry City winger, 21, will become the second player to arrive from the Brandywell club in the last six months, following the signing of Paddy McCourt. (The Sun)


Manager Rafa Benitez has written off Liverpool's title chances, saying: "For us to win the league we need Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal to mess up their season. It is very rare that three teams all mess up." (The Sun)

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that the club have opened talks with midfielder Jimmy Bullard to renegotiate the remaining 18 months of his contract on account of his England call-ups. (Various)

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has lifted the lid on his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, claiming that "there are problems with players at a club like Chelsea that you don't see in a children's team in Israel." (Daily Mail)

Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat has said Tottenham target Andrei Arshavin is too good to join Spurs or Rangers, who are also interested in the forward. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley manager Owen Coyle has warned Premier League clubs to keep their hands off his young stars Chris Eagles, Kevin McDonald, Martin Paterson and Chris McCann. (The Sun)

Manager Mixu Paatelainen has admitted he would be powerless to prevent Rangers target Dean Shiels becoming the latest Hibs player to defect to the Old Firm in the summer. (Daily Record)

Celtic will pocket a 15m Champions League windfall despite ending bottom of their group. (Daily Record)

Hearts' financial concerns appear to be increasing after news from Belarusian side MTZ-Ripo that playing staff have not been paid for almost six months. Ripo receive the vast majority of their income from companies owned by Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov. (The Scotsman)


Arsenal's Johan Djourou has revealed he loves smearing himself with mango-flavoured body butter. "I pay attention to hydrating my skin properly and to feeling good," said the Swiss international.

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Thursday's gossip column
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