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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Zenit St Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat is resigned to losing forward Andrei Arshavin.

"I am aware that Arsenal are interested but I don't know any more than that," said Zenit coach Dick Advocaat. "However, I am expecting Arshavin to leave Zenit for another club." (Press Association, 1755 GMT)

Fulham midfielder Leon Andreasen could return to Germany after finding his opportunities limited at Craven Cottage under manager Roy Hodgson. (DR Sporten newspaper, Denmark)

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has denied reports he has made a bid for West Ham centre-back Matthew Upson, telling his club's website: "There is not an ounce of truth in it whatsoever."

Lyon insist they will not sell their 20-year-old France international striker Karim Benzema, despite speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. (football365.com - 1057 GMT)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City have made a £24m bid for Barcelona's 25-year-old midfielder Yaya Toure and will double his wages to tempt him to Eastlands. (The Sun)

City have also offered midfielder Scott Parker £100,000 a week to quit West Ham and join them. (Mirror)

Andrei Arshavin is threatening to buy himself out of his contract at Zenit St Petersburg or go on strike to secure his dream move to England. Arsenal are interested in signing the Russian international but have baulked at the £20m asking price. (Daily Express)

Tottenham have made a revised bid of £12m for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. (The Independent)

Aston Villa will step up their efforts to sign Emile Heskey after Marlon Harewood was put on standby for a £2m switch to Stoke. (Mirror)

Tottenham's bid to sign Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe is being held up by a £4m sell-on clause. (The Sun)

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has revealed his desire to play for Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Tevez has threatened to quit United and that has alerted Real and also Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Hull manager Phil Brown will tie up the £2.5m deal for Kamil Zayatte this week and then bid £4m for Sunderland striker Michael Chopra. Brown also wants Wigan's 31-year-old midfielder Kevin Kilbane. (The Sun)

Chelsea have told manager Luiz Felipe Scolari he will not be given any money to spend in the transfer window. (Daily Star)

Manchester City want Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz, West Ham forward Craig Bellamy and his midfield team-mate Scott Parker, Arsenal defender Kolo Toure and Newcastle keeper Shay Given. (Daily Star)

Liverpool will resist an £8.5m offer for centre-back Daniel Agger from AC Milan and the Reds are also determined not to sell Andrea Dossena. (Daily Star)

AC Milan are also keen on Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant. (The Sun)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has compared midfielder Antonio Valencia to Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo and says he will not be sold during the transfer window.

The £15m-rated Valencia, 23, is a target for Liverpool, Tottenham and Real Madrid. (Various)

Liverpool and Tottenham will miss out on defender Glen Johnson, who will sign a new deal with Portsmouth. (Daily Star)

Fulham target Carlos Kameni is close to leaving Espanyol after clashing with a fan of the Spanish side and the keeper could be signed for £3m. (Daily Star)

Arsenal want Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar - and they have also made a move for Everton's Mikel Arteta. The Gunners have also offered striker Nicklas Bendtner and £5m cash for West Ham defender Matthew Upson. (The Sun)

Sunderland striker El-Hadji Diouf has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce. (The Sun)

Everton and West Ham have been alerted to the availability of Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. (The Sun)

Portsmouth want £5m-rated Nigerian Christian Obodo as a replacement for Lassana Diarra, who has joined Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Pompey and West Ham are in a battle for the signature of £300,000-rated Norwegian defender Stefan Strandberg, 18. (The Sun)

Sunderland and Wigan are chasing £800,000-rated Plymouth winger Craig Noone. (The Sun)

Newcastle want to sign former Portsmouth and Tottenham midfielder Pedro Mendes on loan from Rangers, with a view to a £1.5m move. (Mirror)

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce wants to sign France international defender Gael Givet on loan from Marseille. (Mirror)

Middlesbrough winger Gary O'Neil wants to rejoin Portsmouth. (Mirror)

Edgar Davids wants to return to Tottenham on a play-as-you-pay basis. (Metro)

Wigan are closing in on 23-year-old Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega and will sign him as soon as he gains a work permit. (Metro)

Charlton are set to sign striker James Scowcroft and midfielder Carl Fletcher from Crystal Palace. (Mirror)

Fulham midfielder Leon Andreasen is set to leave the club to return to Germany, with Hannover favourites to seal a £2m transfer. (The Sun)

Leeds boss Simon Grayson is plotting a £300,000 move for Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan. (The Sun)

Doncaster want to sign Oldham striker Lee Hughes but only if the price is lowered from £400,000. (Star)

Gillingham are determined to resist an offer from Ipswich for striker Simeon Jackson. (The Sun)

Brighton manager Micky Adams has made a £50,000 bid for Preston's 24-year-old midfielder Joe Anyinsah. (Daily Star)

Ipswich are keen on Stockport keeper Owain Fon Williams and are also checking on Hatters left-back Jim McNulty. (Daily Star)

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish plans to lure £3m Argentine striker Gaston Sangoy, who plays for Apollon Limassol, to the club if Cameron Jerome leaves. (The Sun)

Wolves are after 24-year-old Charlton midfielder Darren Ambrose, who had been on loan at Ipswich. (The Sun)

Stoke are keen on signing Spartak Moscow's former Arsenal winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, who had been on loan at Birmingham, on a loan deal, with a view to a £2.5m move. (The Sun)

Reading and Wolves look set to miss out on midfielder Andrew Surman, who says he is happy to stay at Southampton. (The Sun)

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has vowed to snub any bid from Newcastle United. (Daily Star)

Newcastle have targeted Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc as a possible replacement for Shay Given. (Daily Star)

Birmingham City will launch a £3m offer for Rangers striker Kris Boyd within days. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough are poised to test Celtic's resolve with a bid of around £5m for Aiden McGeady. (Daily Mail)

Striker Chris Killen has admitted he will need to leave Celtic in order to revive his stuttering career. (Daily Record)

Dundee United boss Craig Levein wants to sign Kilmarnock goalkeeper Alan Combe as a replacement for Celtic-bound Lukasz Zaluska. (The Sun)

Hamilton Accies will make a double Old Firm swoop for Celtic's Paul McGowan and Rangers' Jordan McMillan on loan. (The Sun)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Winger Ryan Giggs has stunned Manchester United by hinting he could retire at the end of the season. (The Sun)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed Liverpool do not have the bottle to win the Premier League title. (The Sun)

Former Blackburn captain Garry Flitcroft is in the frame to take over as manager of Championship side Blackpool. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

Fans were surprised when health and safety chiefs put up signs at Southampton's FA Cup clash with Manchester United warning of "flying footballs". One Saints fan said: "The number of shots we've had this season, I don't think there's much danger of being hit by any of our players." (Daily Star)



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see also
Monday's gossip column
05 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
04 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - January 2009
06 Jan 09 |  Football
SPL ins and outs
06 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League


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