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Wednesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Everton could be about to plunge into the January transfer market after reportedly swooping to take Venezuela forward Giancarlo Maldonado on loan. (1630, Setanta Sports)

Juventus forward David Trezeguet has become the latest Manchester City target to distance himself from a January move to Eastlands. (1405, telegraph.co.uk)

Wigan's England striker Emile Heskey is poised to rejoin Premier League title-chasers Liverpool later this month with boss Rafa Benitez set to make an offer of around 4m to land the player. (1227, Manchester Evening News)

Samuel Eto'o's agent, Jose Maria Mesalles, insists the Cameroon striker will not leave Spanish giants Barcelona in the January transfer window despite reported interest from Manchester City and Inter Milan. (1027, goal.com)

Manager Mark Hughes has confirmed Manchester City have made several offers for players - but will not be drawn on reports he is interested in Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez. (1015, Manchester Evening News)

Lyon striker Sidney Govou has rejected a move to Portsmouth, who were keen to sign the Frenchman as a replacement for new Tottenham arrival Jermain Defoe. (0959, tribalfootball.com)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United are set to offload Carlos Tevez after the striker admitted he would love to play for Real Madrid. (The Sun)

And Real Madrid will hand Tevez the 25m, five-year deal he wants as United try to knock down the Argentine's price. (Daily Star)

Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin is on standby for a 12m move to Arsenal from Zenit St Petersburg. (The Sun)

Arsenal look set to miss out on Arshavin because of cash demands - the 27-year-old is currently on wages of about 100,000-a-week. (Daily Star)

But Arshavin has been shown around Arsenal's London Colney training ground in an attempt to convince the forward that his future lies in north London. (Daily Mail)

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Manchester City have been offered Inter Milan's Brazilian striker Adriano in a swap deal with Eastlands misfit Jo. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are considering Manchester City's revised offer for midfielder Scott Parker, which includes youngster Michael Johnson moving in the opposite direction. (The Times)

Blackburn have expressed an interest in Franco Semioli, a Fiorentina winger who has played for Italy three times. (The Times)

Aston Villa are poised to make a 10m move for Sporting Gijon's highly-rated defender Roberto Canella. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce will sell striker Henri Camara to Stoke for 1m as a soon as the Latics tie up a deal for Colombia forward Hugo Rodallega, who is set to arrive to discuss a 4.5m move from Mexican club Necaxa this week. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has failed to land Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing with a 14.5m bid. (The Sun)

West Ham's Calum Davenport is poised to join Bolton for 3m. (The Sun)

Veteran Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is fast becoming the most wanted man in the January transfer window - Stoke, Fulham, Sunderland, Blackburn and Tottenham all see him as a cut-price option to bolster their defensive options. (Daily Star)

Stoke are close to agreeing a 2m deal for West Ham winger Matthew Etherington. (Daily Star)

Barnsley are poised to sign Chesterfield striker Jamie Ward, 22, after upping their bid to 500,000. (Daily Star)

Bolton are giving a trial to 31-year-old Brazilian winger Denilson - once the world's most expensive footballer. (Various)

Sunderland forward El Hadji Diouf could be a principal target for Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce should Roque Santa Cruz leave Ewood Park. (The Guardian)

Birmingham are on the verge of capturing Rangers top scorer Kris Boyd for 3.5m. (The Sun)

Rangers will look to replace Kris Boyd with Sunderland's David Healy in a 1m deal. (The Scotsman)

The Ibrox club are also willing to sell captain Barry Ferguson if any club can meet their valuation of 2.5m. (Daily Record)

Atletico Madrid are plotting a 9m summer swoop for Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc. (The Sun)

Inverness have taken 28-year-old Latvian centre-half Pavels Mihadjuks on trial from FK Ventspils. (Daily Record)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez insists he does not need to sign any new players in the January transfer window in order to seal the club's first league title since 1990. (The Sun)

Matt Derbyshire has issued a last-ditch plea to fellow Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz urging his team-mate to reject interest from other clubs and stay at Ewood Park. (Daily Star)

Manager Mark Hughes will reassess Richard Dunne's position as Manchester City captain at the end of the January transfer window to weigh up if the extra responsibility has affected his form. (Daily Mail)

Roma's Italy striker Francesco Totti claims that David Beckham's arrival at AC Milan will "unbalance" the team. (Daily Mirror)

Owner Mike Ashley is considering a dramatic boardroom reshuffle at Newcastle which could see Dennis Wise lose his high-profile job as executive director responsible for player recruitment. (Daily Express)

Celtic are on the verge of signing a new 25m jersey deal with Nike that could rise to a staggering 29m, to start in July next year. (Daily Record)

Aiden McGeady has stepped back from the brink of being pushed out of Celtic Park after deciding not to appeal against the ban and fine slapped on him by Celtic boss Gordon Strachan. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has hit back at suggestions he is becoming "a fatty". The player insisted: "If anything, I have lost weight and have less body fat than last year." (The Sun)

The Football Association has responded to the current economic crisis by slashing up to 25% off the price of a ticket to watch England play Slovakia at Wembley. (Daily Mail)



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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
06 Jan 09 |  Gossip
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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