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Friday's gossip column

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Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz claims Manchester City are set to bid for him. "It seems that the circumstances needed for me to be transferred are going in a good direction, but everything is a rumour until now," the 27-year-old told. (radio station 970 - 1925 GMT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger vows to carry on developing young talent rather than pay huge transfer fees for big-name signings. (Arsenal website - 1742 GMT)

Guadalajara vice-president Nestor de la Torre has revealed his club saw their bid to sign Giovani dos Santos turned down by Spurs. (Press Association - 1727 GMT)

Bayern Munich forward Lukas Podolski claims Spurs have approached him about a move to White Hart Lane. (Corriere dello Sport - 1644 GMT).

Mexican side Chivas declare their interest in Tottenham youngster Giovani dos Santos. (Setanta Sports 1236 GMT)

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic says he will leave his post in November at the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. (Croatian daily Sportske Novosti - 1229 GMT)

Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out a move for Newcastle and England striker Michael Owen. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - 1145 GMT)

Chelsea have given permission for England left-back Wayne Bridge to talk to Manchester City over a possible 12m move. (Press Association - 1100 GMT)
Bridge poised for Man City talks

Bolton are considering whether to make a renewed bid for West Brom midfielder James Morrison after the club's initial 3m offer for the Scotland international was rejected. (Press Association - 0929 GMT)

Aston Villa winger Wayne Routledge has rejected a permanent move to Cardiff City to move to another club. (BBC Sport Wales)

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


Long-term Real Madrid target Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged his future to Manchester United. (Various)

Fellow United star Carlos Tevez has urged club chiefs to table a new contract and make his move to Old Trafford permanent. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been told he has very little money to spend in the January transfer window. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe is poised for a return to Tottenham in a 15m deal. (The Telegraph)
Portsmouth prepared to sell Defoe

Manchester City look set to land Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz for 18m. (Daily Express)

City manager Mark Hughes will also move for Chelsea's 12m-rated left-back Wayne Bridge. (The Sun)

Bridge's departure will pave the way for Chelsea to sign CSKA Moscow's Yuri Zhirkov. (Daily Mail)

Valencia have admitted they would sell star forward David Villa to Manchester City for the right price. (The Independent)

Hughes is also considering a bid for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker after the Hammers turned down a 12m offer for striker Craig Bellamy. (The Times)

However, Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola has been assured that Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy will not be sold over his head during the transfer window. (Daily Star)

Manchester United look set to finalise the 16.3m deal to bring Serbian duo Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic from Partizan Belgrade. (The Times)

Newcastle keeper Shay Given looks set to walk out on the club. (Various)
Given considers Newcastle future

Given is a target for Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have offered Leeds 10m for midfielder Fabian Delph. (The Sun)

West Ham will allow defender Lucas Neill to leave the club for free, just to get him off the wage bill. (The Sun)

Portsmouth have launched a 2.5m bid to bring Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil back to Fratton Park. (The Sun)

AC Milan are keen on Chelsea's unsettled defender Alex. (The Sun)

Alex's departure could see boss Luiz Felipe Scolari move for Brazilian Kleber from Santos for 2m. (The Sun)

Hull are lining up a bid for Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, who is also a target for Real Madrid. (The Mirror)
Hull boss admits Pennant interest

Portsmouth are keen on France and Lyon midfielder Sidney Govou after Lassana Diarra left for Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are lining up a 5m swoop for Sheffield United pair Stephen Quinn and Kyle Naughton. (Daily Star)

Middlesbrough are closing in on Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher. (Daily Star)

Fletcher's arrival could signal the departure of Mido. (Daily Star)

Everton manager David Moyes has been priced out of a move for CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love. (The Sun)

Inter Milan midfielder Oliver Dacourt is keen on a move to Bolton. (The Sun)

New Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce hopes to re-sign Tal Ben-Haim and El-Hadji Diouf. (The Times)

Tottenham will target Cristian Rodriguez of Porto and Juan Arango of Real Mallorca if they miss out on Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. (The Times)

Liverpool are closing in on Iceland's Victor Palsson, who plays for Aarhus of Denmark. (The Times)

Fulham have told Jimmy Bullard they are prepared to offer him a new deal to keep him at the club. (Daily Express)

Cardiff City have been priced out of 4.5m move for former striker Michael Chopra. (Daily Star)

Hull City are contemplating a 2m bid for Wigan midfielder Michael Brown. (Daily Telegraph)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is a 9m target for Portsmouth. (The Sun)

Newcastle are preparing to offer Rangers 4.5m for Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra. (Various)

Meanwhile, the Ibrox club have been told they will have to pay 2.5m to take defender Mattias Bjarsmyr from IFK Gothenburg. (Daily Express)

Rangers will demand 7.5m for Allan McGregor if English clubs want to sign the goalkeeper. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian striker Abdessalam Benjeloun is set to end his Easter Road nightmare with a move to the United Arab Emirates. (Daily Star)


West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has just over two months to sell the club before being declared insolvent. (The Guardian)

Burton have revealed that they will not stand in Nigel Clough's way should managerless Derby come after him. (Daily Star)

Fernando Torres looks set for a return to action, with the Liverpool striker set to face Preston in the FA Cup. (Daily Express)


David Beckham has been pictured looking exhausted after intensive training sessions for new club AC Milan. (Daily Mail)

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see also
Thursday's gossip column
01 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
31 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - January 2009
02 Jan 09 |  Football
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League

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