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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant confirms Real Madrid made an offer for him.

"I know real Madrid made an offer for me. Real Madrid is a great club, so is Liverpool. I 'm not sure of the situation now; I'm flattered that a club as huge as Real has shown interest in me, so we'll have to see." (Guillem Balague website, 2132 GMT)

Didier Drogba is baffled he is not partnered with Nicolas Anelka in Chelsea attack.

"I have always said that I was happy that Nicolas came to Chelsea," Drogba told France Football magazine. "But I still don't understand why coaches are scared to play us together." (Press Association, 1900 BST)


Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe's future is up in the air after a bust-up with manager Tony Adams. (The Sun)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill will move for Tottenham's Darren Bent if he fails to land Defoe. (Daily Mirror)

O'Neill is preparing to take striker Jermain Defoe from Portsmouth in a 16m deal. (Daily Mail)

West Ham midfielder Julien Faubert has revealed he may return to France in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has snubbed Tottenham and Blackburn by agreeing a four-year deal at the Reebok Stadium. (The Sun)

Wigan are set to swoop for 3.5m-rated Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Mariusz Lewandowski. (The Sun)

Bolton boss Gary Megson wants to snap up versatile player Ryan Taylor from Wigan. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are considering a 2m move for QPR striker Dexter Blackstock. (Daily Mirror)

Everton manager David Moyes sent a two-man delegation to check on Hearts' English left-winger Andy Driver in a bargain raid. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City have made West Ham a combined offer of 15m to try to sign striker Craig Bellamy and midfielder Scott Parker (Daily Mail)

Spanish club Valencia have snapped up Tottenham striker Dag Alexander Olsen. (Daily Mail)


Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller is going to be hit with a 20,000 fine after being sent off for fighting his own captain Andy Griffin. (Various)

West Ham defender Calum Davenport has played his last game for the club after reacting badly to being on the substitutes' bench. (Daily Mail)

Former QPR boss Iain Dowie is being touted for the Nottingham Forest manager's post. (Daily Mail)

Aberdeen midfielder Jeffrey de Visscher is set to do a U-turn and commit his future to the club. (Daily Record)


Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham is so fit he can play at the top level for another six years - until he is 39 - according to the doctor who gave the 33-year-old his medical for the loan spell at AC Milan. (The Sun)

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see also
Sunday's gossip column
28 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
27 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - December 2008
19 Dec 08 |  Football

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