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Friday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

Liverpool are unlikely to offer winger Jermaine Pennant a new contract.

"He is waiting for a good offer and we are waiting for a good offer," said Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez. "A new contract for him would be very difficult." (Press Association 1541 GMT)

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has told Tottenham to forget about signing England midfielder Joe Cole. (PA 1307 GMT)

Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani is set to remain with the club, despite reports linking him with a move to Arsenal. (PA 1245 GMT)

Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati has revealed he is prepared to take a substantial pay cut to return to Italy and join Atalanta. (PA 0941 GMT)

Peter Lovenkrands' agent says the former Rangers forward will not be re-signing at Ibrox after leaving Schalke 04. (BBC Radio Scotland 1245 GMT)

Wigan say they are not looking to sign or sell anyone during the January transfer window and therefore dismiss stories linking them with Rangers striker Kris Boyd. (BBC Radio Scotland 1245 GMT)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid want to seal a 15m deal for Wigan's Antonio Valencia. (Star)

Manchester United and Chelsea face a summer battle for Villarreal's 12m-rated keeper Diego Lopez. (Star)

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes fears he will be priced out of a move for striker Roque Santa Cruz, who Blackburn are valuing at 18m. (Star)

But Hughes is set to make a 17m take-it-or-leave-it offer for Santa Cruz, which could be enough to seal the transfer. (Mirror)

And City may make improved offers for West Ham pair Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy but say they have not bid for Newcastle keeper Shay Given. (Star)

Arsenal's hopes of signing midfielder Niko Kranjcar have been dashed after Portsmouth insisted he will not be leaving the club in January. (Star)

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate wants to keep Tottenham target Stewart Downing until the summer. (Star)

Bolton have bid 2m for Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton. (Various)

Sunderland have insisted El-Hadji Diouf and Michael Chopra will not be sold this month. (Star)

Hull are eager to complete a 1.5m deal for West Ham midfielder Luis Boa Morte. (Mirror)

And Hull boss Phil Brown is also set to make a 2m move for Derby midfielder Paul Green. (Star)

Portsmouth defender Herman Hreidarsson is set to become the latest player to leave Fratton Park by joining Celtic in a 500,000 deal. (Mirror)

Everton want Hearts duo Christophe Berra and Andrew Driver. (Various)

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has told left-back Nicky Shorey he can leave the club, with West Ham and Tottenham both interested. (The Sun)

Tottenham have failed with a 6m bid to capture Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones. (The Sun)

But Spurs have targeted Lens striker Aruna Dindane as an alternative and will make a 4m bid. (The Sun)

And the north Londoners are set to seal the signing of Polish keeper Sebastian Przyrowski from Polonia Warsaw for a fee of 1m. (The Sun)

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is taking Benfica's Ivory Coast defender Marco Zoro on trial. (Mirror)

Bolton will sign defender Sebastien Puygrenier on loan from Zenit St Petersburg - and drop their interest in West Ham's Callum Davenport. (Mirror)

Newcastle's Alan Smith has been told his swap deal with Middlesbrough striker Mido is off. (The Sun)

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has urged the club not to sell defender and former skipper William Gallas. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough face a battle to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson, with Everton, West Ham and Fulham among their competition. (Express)

Newcastle winger Charles N'Zogbia says Arsenal is his first-choice destination should he secure a move away from Tyneside. (Express)

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish faces competition from Portsmouth for the signature of West Ham midfielder Lee Bowyer. (Mirror)

And McLeish has told Rangers striker Kris Boyd to back down on his demands or a 4m move is off. (Express)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is ready to pounce and nab 4m-rated Boyd. (The Sun)

Former Rangers midfielder Peter Lovenkrands would take a pay-cut to leave Shalke 04 and return to Ibrox. (The Herald)

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has, via his agent Jorge Mendez, reached a verbal agreement to join Real Madrid at some point. (The Times)

Oldham have offered veteran striker Dean Windass a loan deal to escape his misery at Hull. (Various)

Cardiff are poised to bolster their push for promotion to the premier League by signing Rangers winger Chris Burke. (Mirror)

Wolves have lined up an improved 1m offer for Watford midfielder John-Joe O'Toole. (Star)

Crystal Palace will try to hijack Coventry's bid to re-sign Birmingham striker Gary McSheffrey. (Various)

Preston are leading the chase for Carlisle striker Danny Graham, who has already been the subject of a 250,000 bid from Huddersfield. (Star)

Swansea are set to break their transfer record to land MK Dons skipper Dean Lewington for 450,000. (Mirror)

Reading manager Steve Coppell is ready to bid 250,000 for Coventry midfielder Jay Tabb. (Star)

Bradford are favourites to sign Burnley's Steve Jones after the winger's loan spell at the club. (Star)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws has his eye on Hull midfielder Bryan Hughes. (Star)

Shrewsbury are set to complete a 150,000 deal for Preston duo Karl Hawley and Brett Ormerod. (Various)

Hibernian say captain Rob Jones won't be sold in January as manager Mixu Paatelainen wants him to spearhead the club's Scottish Cup challenge. (Daily Mail)

Everton manager Davie Moyes is poised to bid for Hearts captain Christophe Berra and his Tynecastle team-mate Andrew Driver. (Daily Record)

Moyes is prepared to pay up to 1.5m to entice Driver away from Hearts. (Daily Express)

Celtic could move for Le Mans goalkeeper Yohann Pele if Artur Boruc leaves. (Various)

And Gordon Strachan is also interested in Coventry City midfielder Aron Gunnarsson but faces competition from Everton and Stoke City. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen are tracking Clyde striker Pat Clarke. (Daily Express)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Liverpool have offered Jermaine Pennant a new deal in order to prevent him leaving the club for free when his contract runs out in the summer - the winger has been linked with AC Milan and Real Madrid. (Various)

Anfield legend Alan Hansen has urged Reds boss Rafael Benitez to strengthen the squad in order to win the Premier League. (Mirror)

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari will ignore Nicolas Anelka's pleas to play alongside striker Didier Drogba rather than the pair being alternated in the team. (Mirror)

Emmanuel Adebayor has come out in defence of former Arsenal skipper William Gallas over his criticisms of the team last November. (Various)

Fabio Capello has hinted he will make David Beckham England's most-capped outfield player next month by picking him for the match against Spain. (Mirror)

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy is two matches away from automatically qualifying for a new deal at the club. (Mirror)

Former Watford manager Graham Taylor will make a shock return to the club as a director. (The Sun)

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies says he would rather beat local rivals Ayr United in the Scottish Cup than net a financial windfall from any future transfer of Kris Boyd from Rangers. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has an interesting way of describing his club's transfer policy. After signing Matthew Etherington, he said: "We are not at Crufts, we are at Battersea Dog's Home. We go looking for strays, get them in and cuddle them." (Various)

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has announced plans to put a familiar-looking six-a-side team together to play in the UK's Prostar leagues. The team-sheet reads: Clemence, Hansen, Carragher, Dalglish, Gerrard and Rush - but the catch is the side will be made up of fans with the same surnames as the Anfield favourites. Anyone who fancies their chances of selection should email info@cliffordfrench.co.uk



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see also
Thursday's gossip column
08 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
07 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
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Monday's gossip column
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Transfers - January 2009
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January football sales
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