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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are lining up a move for 20m-rated Russian forward Andrei Arshavin. (Daily Mirror)

But defender Kolo Toure could be on his way out of Arsenal, with Manchester City preparing a 10m deal for the defender. (The Sun)

Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner has rejected a move to Russian outfit Spartak Moscow. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are battling it out with Chelsea for 20m-rated Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel. (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid have offered Wigan 14m for winger Antonio Valencia. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham will offer Middlesbrough 15m for winger Stewart Downing. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough themselves are hoping to land Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson for 1.5m. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City look set to offload trio Elano, Tal Ben Haim and Jo in January. (Daily Mirror)

Eastlands boss Mark Hughes will be given 40m to spend in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)

Hughes is lining up a number of players, including Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz, West Ham's Craig Bellamy, Chelsea's Wayne Bridge and Villarreal's Marcos Senna. (Daily Mail)

But new Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce will block Santa Cruz from leaving Ewood Park in January. (The Sun)

And West Ham have placed a 12m price tag on striker Bellamy, with Tottenham, Aston Villa and Celtic all interested in the Welshman. (Daily Mirror)

However, Hull defender Michael Turner will snub an 8m switch to Manchester City in January. (Daily Star)

West Ham defender Matthew Upson fears he could be sold as the club battle for financial survival. (The Sun)

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is hoping to sign former team-mate Edu as a replacement for midfielder Lassana Diarra. (The Sun)

Adams will also use the 20m the club received from Real Madrid for Diarra to land Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil and Fulham's Jimmy Bullard. (Daily Star)

Newcastle striker Michael Owen looks set to leave St James' Park on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Various)

Newcastle utility player Charles N'Zogbia is set to stay at the club, despite being linked with a January move to Paris St Germain. (The Sun)

Hull are planning a 2m raid for Egypt striker Hosni Abd-Rabou. (The Sun)

Liverpool striker Robbie Keane has denied claims that he is poised to quit Anfield. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is a 3m target for Celtic. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce hopes to raid former club Bolton and land midfielder Kevin Nolan. (Daily Telegraph)

Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson is a 6m target for Bolton. (Daily Telegraph)

Bolton hope keeper Ali Al-Habsi will sign a new contract this week to stave off interest from Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan and West Brom are battling it out to sign Doncaster midfielder Brian Stock. (The Sun)

Stoke City will offer Cardiff City 7m for winger Joe Ledley in January. (Daily Telegraph)

Cardiff City defender Roger Johnson is attracting the interest of Everton, Stoke City, Tottenham, and Bolton. (The Times)

FC Twente winger Eljero Elia is a target for Everton manager David Moyes. (Daily Telegraph)

Derby are set to land Chesterfield striker Jamie Ward for 250,000 in January. (Daily Star)

Sporting Lisbon defender Tonel has revealed his desire to join Rangers. (Evening Times)

Rangers are weighing up a move for Inverness midfielder Don Cowie and St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Howard. (Various)

Dundee United are also interested in securing Cowie on a pre-contract agreement. (The Sun)

Hearts and Hibs are both trailing Cowie's Inverness midfield colleague Ian Black. (The Sun)

Lee Wilkie is set to turn down a new Dundee United deal. (Various)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Paul Ince looks set for a quick return to management, with Charlton lining up the former Blackburn Rovers boss. (The Sun)

Caretaker boss Ricky Sbragia has two games to convince the Sunderland board he can take on the job permanently. (The Guardian)

John Toshack is set to sign a two-year contract extension with Wales. (Daily Star)

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has denied claims that he is planning to increase his stake at Arsenal. (The Guardian)

Blackpool boss Simon Grayson is poised to become the new manager of Leeds United. (Daily Express)

Joe Kinnear has revealed he applied for the vacant job at Swindon before being kept on at Newcastle. (The Sun)

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas looks set to be out of action for three months with a knee injury. (Various)

Sunderland are poised for a change in ownership, with United States tycoon Ellis Short ready to take full control of the club. (Various)

Under-fire manager Mark Hughes has been given yet another vote of confidence by the Manchester City board. (Daily Telegraph)

AND FINALLY

England and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham's career in Italy has already go off to a bad start, with wife Victoria upsetting the locals by telling them she is allergic to pasta. (Daily Star)



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see also
Monday's gossip column
22 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
21 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
20 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
19 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - December 2008
19 Dec 08 |  Football


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