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Monday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is unhappy with comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson about his contract negotiations. (Radio del Plata, Argentina - 1938 GMT)

Ghana captain Stephen Appiah arrived at Tottenham on Monday and is training with the club this week with a view to earning a permanent move. (BBC Sport Website - 1537 GMT)

Fiorentina are targeting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. (dailymail.co.uk - 1422 GMT)

West Bromwich Albion are lining up a loan move for Benfica striker Ariza Makukula. (expressandstar.com 1250 GMT)

Out-of-favour Italian striker David Di Michele insists he is happy at West Ham despite his lack of playing time this season. (Press Association 1215 GMT)

Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson, who has been linked with Tottenham, is set to sign a new contract with the south-coast side. (Portsmouth News - 1156 GMT)

Rangers Striker Alan Gow is meeting Wolverhampton as he closes in on a move to the Championship leaders. (Press Association - 1150 GMT)

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has handed in a written transfer request. (Sky Sports News - 1058 GMT)
Downing submits transfer request

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be making a winter transfer window swoop for midfielder Gokhan Inler. (Arsenal.com - 1053 GMT)

Napoli insist striker Ezequiel Lavezzi will not be leaving the club in the winter transfer window amid reported interest from Chelsea. (Press Association - 1041 GMT)

West Ham have denied that midfielder Scott Parker is to join Manchester City in a 12m deal. (SkySports.com - 0835 GMT)

AC Milan are preparing a 8m offer for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. (Gazzetta dello Sport - 0813 GMT)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are closing in on Portsmouth's Jermain Defoe, with Spurs set to pay 15m for the England striker. (Various)

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also hoping to secure the services of Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda on loan. (The Sun)

Chimbonda had been expected to move from Sunderland to Lyon but that deal is now off, according to the player's agent. (Daily Star)

Redknapp has also made an enquiry for West Ham and England centre-back Matthew Upson, who is rated at 12m. (Daily Mirror)

But Tottenham and Redknapp have had a 12m bid for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing turned down. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough will target Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt if they lose Downing to Tottenham. (Daily Mail)

Carlos Tevez has reiterated his desire to stay at Manchester United, despite weekend speculation linking the striker with a move away from Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Newcastle are hoping to offload Spanish flops Xisco and Jose Enrique as well as Alan Smith and Charles N'Zogbia. (The Sun)

Arsenal could lose forward Theo Walcott on the cheap after dragging their feet over a new contract. (Daily Express)

Stoke are keen on out-of-favour Wigan striker Henri Camara. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel is ready to quit the club after falling down the pecking order at Eastlands. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are monitoring Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic, who is also wanted by Everton. (Daily Mail)

Fulham and Hull are battling it out for Sheffield United striker James Beattie. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have revived their bid for Arsenal defender Kolo Toure. (Daily Mail)

Deals are also expected to be completed for West Ham's Scott Parker and Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mail)

City boss Mark Hughes will also launch an improved bid for West Ham striker Craig Bellamy. (Daily Express)

Celtic are keeping tabs on 4m-rated Greek defender Vasilis Torosidis. (Scottish Sun)

Fulham are ready to pay Hearts 2.5m for central defender Christophe Berra. (Mirror)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, who has been linked to Portsmouth and West Ham, insists he is not interested in a big-money move to the English Premier League. (Daily Record)

Sunderland are set to beat Portsmouth and Blackburn to the signature of Marseille midfielder Modeste M'bami. (The Sun)

Southampton midfielder Andrew Surman is wanted by Championship rivals Reading and Wolves. (The Sun)

Wolves are preparing to launch a bid for Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliot. (Daily Mirror)

New Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is set to raid former club Derby for keeper Stephen Bywater. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has been assured he has a future at the club, despite Saturday's shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest. (Daily Mirror)

Midfielder Joe Cole will seek clear-the-air talks with Chelsea boss Phil Scolari after being substituted against Southend on Saturday. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson and Tottenham chief executive Daniel Levy exchanged angry words in a heated telephone exchange over Stewart Downing's transfer request. (Daily Mirror)
Downing seeks Middlesbrough exit

AND FINALLY
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, who is on loan at AC Milan, is set to splash out 5m on an Armani-designed apartment in the world's tallest building in Dubai. (Daily Star)



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see also
Sunday's gossip column
04 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
03 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - January 2009
04 Jan 09 |  Football
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League


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