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Benfica striker Ariza Makukula has turned down an offer from West Brom.

"There was an agreement between West Bromwich and Benfica," Makukula told Portuguese website Mais Futebol. "But I went to the club and I didn't like their offer." (Press Association, 1712 GMT)

Mido has rejected claims he could join Turkish side Besiktas but hinted he could leave Middlesbrough. "If Boro agreed to sell me to an English club then I will go, otherwise I am staying for now," he said. (, 1620 GMT)

Fulham have joined West Brom and Birmingham in the race to sign Greek striker Angelos Charisteas, according to Nurnberg's general manager. (, 1545 GMT)

Luis Boa Morte's transfer from West Ham to Hull is off after he rejected the move, despite the clubs having agreed a fee. (, 1540 GMT)

Sunderland's Liam Miller has joined QPR on loan for the rest of the season. (Sky Sports, 1535 GMT)

Geremi could be on his way out of Newcastle to join Turkish side Besiktas. (Press Association, 1515 GMT)

Stoke midfielder Tom Soares has joined Charlton on a one-month loan. (Press Association, 1515 GMT)

AC Milan are set to complete the signing of full-back Felipe Mattioni from Gremio on Thursday. (BBC Sport, 1340 GMT)

Birmingham have lined up Real Betis's Argentinian striker Mariano Pavone as an alternative to their main transfer target Kris Boyd. (Birmingham Post, 1035 GMT)

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger's agent has been seen meeting AC Milan officials in Italy, with an 8.5m offer expected. (, 1020 GMT)

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia says there is absolutely no way he would sell Kenwyne Jones to Tottenham, and none of his players will be leaving. "There are no circumstances in which any of my players will be leaving," he said. (Press Association, 1015 GMT)

Ivory Coast international Arthur Boka has rejected an offer of better wages from Tottenham to sign a new one-year deal with Bundesliga side Stuttgart. (Press Association, 1010 GMT)

Frank Lampard has pleaded with Didier Drogba to stay at Chelsea despite being dropped for the FA Cup replay with Southend. (, 0935 GMT)

Bolton have decided against offering a contract to Brazilian Denilson after his trial at the Reebok Stadium finished. (Press Association, 0930 GMT)

They have also abandoned their interest in Fulham's Jimmy Bullard. (Sky Sports, 0905 GMT)


Despite reports to the contrary from the Middle East, Manchester City boss Mark Hughes insists the Kaka deal could still go ahead. (Press Association, 1005 GMT)

Manchester City have sensationally withdrawn their bid for Kaka, and will instead unveil another signing from Serie A in the next 48 hours - "not in the Kaka league". (, 0915 GMT)

AC Milan star Kaka will only move to Manchester City if he is given a series of get-out clauses as part of a world record 175m deal. (The Sun)

If he joins City, the Brazilian star wants written guarantees in his contract that Sheikh Mansour remains the club's owner and continues to invest heavily, that City qualify for the Champions League within two years, that Robinho stays at the club and also that he retains control of his image rights. If any of those clauses are broken, Kaka would be allowed to leave for a predetermined transfer fee. (The Sun)

City will offer Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti the chance to take charge at Eastlands in the summer in a bid to improve their chances of signing Kaka. (Daily Star)

Kaka is committed to the Rossoneri but will listen to City if there is any indication that the Italian club are willing to accept the 100m on offer by the Eastlands club. (The Sun)

Milan are willing to sell Kaka but a deal will only be sanctioned if he wishes to leave the San Siro. (Daily Telegraph)

Kaka's father and closest adviser Bosco Leite is flying in from Brazil to enter the negotiations. (The Sun)

City will present their proposal to Kaka's representatives before the end of this week but Bosco Leite holds the key to whether the deal will go through. (Daily Mirror)

Kaka wants to meet Sheikh Mansour before he decides on his future. (Daily Mail)

City will renew their efforts to sign Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon or AC Milan goalkeeper Dida in an attempt to convince Kaka of their ambitions. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City used Kaka's compatriot Robinho, who joined them from Real Madrid for 32.5m in August, to try to persuade the 26-year-old midfielder to swap the San Siro for Eastlands. (The Guardian)

Robinho has been in regular telephone contact with Kaka and has told City boss Mark Hughes that his Brazil team-mate is ready to move to Manchester. (Daily Mail)


Robinho is unsettled in Manchester after becoming alarmed by City's poor results and he has started to question manager Mark Hughes' methods. (The Guardian)

Chelsea defender John Terry has emerged as another audacious target for City in the January transfer window. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are planning a 14m bid for Wigan midfielder Wilson Palacios after the Latics rejected a 10m offer from Tottenham for the Honduras star. (The Sun)

Liverpool's hopes of securing defender Daniel Agger on a new long-term contract are fading after the Danish international's agent travelled to Italy for talks with AC Milan. (The Guardian)

AC Milan are set to make a 7.5m bid for Agger, who is believed to have a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Anfield at the end of the season. (The Times)

Chelsea will sell striker Didier Drogba in the summer and are confident of signing Seville's Luis Fabiano to replace him. (Daily Star)

Arsenal target Modibo Diakite will not be leaving Lazio this month, according to the French defender's agent. (Daily Express)

Hull City are in talks with Espanyol's former Liverpool defender Steve Finnan and could bring him back to the Premier League in a cut-price 1m deal. (Daily Mirror)

Luis Boa Morte's proposed 1m move from West Ham to Hull City has fallen through after the forward failed to agree personal terms. (Daily Express)

Portsmouth boss Tony Adams wants to sign Real Madrid striker Javier Saviola on loan for the rest of the season. (The Sun)

Saviola has already been offered to Wigan when Real tried to sign Latics winger Antonio Valencia but the Argentine was reluctant to join the Latics. (The Sun)

On-loan Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse - who has recently opened a clothes shop in Newcastle - is ready to commit his long-term future to the Black Cats and has rejected the chance of a move back to his parent club Marseille to ease the French side's injury crisis. (Daily Star)

West Ham have rejected a new bid for Wales striker Craig Bellamy from Manchester City and have also turned down the offer of a straight swap for Darren Bent from Tottenham. (The Independent)

Spurs are set to make a 14m offer for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones after their move for Inter Milan forward Adriano was scuppered by the Brazilian's wage demands. (Daily Express)

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp wants Derby goalkeeper Roy Carroll as a back-up to Heurelho Gomes and could sign him for 250,000. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn are set to bring in Marseille defender Gael Givet on loan until the end of the season. (The Sun)

Rovers boss Sam Allardyce will also make a 4m move for Red Bull Salzburg striker Marc Janko if Roque Santa Cruz leaves Ewood Park for Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn are holding out for 25m for Santa Cruz, who has told Allardyce that he wants to join City. (The Times)

Blackburn and Stoke are battling for the signature of Nancy defender Jean Calve, who is up for grabs at 1m. (Daily Star)

Portsmouth striker David Nugent is poised to join Sheffield United in a 3.5m deal. (The Sun)

Blades boss Kevin Blackwell has made a 400,000 offer for Chesterfield striker Jamie Ward. (Daily Star)

Bolton and Blackburn both want Pompey defender Lauren, who is also a target of Turkish side Fenerbahce and Greek side AEK Athens. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham have told Bolton that it will cost them 6m to sign England midfielder Jimmy Bullard. (Daily Star)

Wanderers boss Gary Megson has offered Fulham 5.75m and full-back Nicky Hunt in exchange for Bullard. (Daily Telegraph)

Bolton could hijack West Brom's bid to sign Benfica striker Ariza Makukula on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Star)

Tottenham have given a trial to Spartak Moscow's former Arsenal striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie. (The Guardian)

Newcastle midfielder Geremi is in talks with Turkish side Besiktas after being told he can leave the Magpies for 1.5m. (The Times)

Stoke City hope to sign Charlton striker Andy Gray on a season-long loan deal. (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff City have told centre-back Darren Purse that he can leave on a free transfer and he is set to join either Charlton or Leeds United. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley boss Owen Coyle hopes to bring in Middlesbrough right-back Tony McMahon on loan in time to face Preston on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson is lining up a 100,000 offer for highly-rated Bury striker Andy Bishop. (Daily Star)

Hibernian hope to beat neighbours Hearts to the signing of Hungary midfielder Denes Rosa, and have handed him a week's trial at Easter Road. (Daily Record)

Celtic's hopes of signing Hungary winger Szabolcs Huszti have been hit after his German club Hannover 96 announced they would be opening talks with him over a new contract. (Daily Record)

Liverpool are to send scouts to watch Hibernian's teenage left-back Paul Hanlon, who is on loan at St Johnstone. (The Guardian)

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic has urged Celtic to pay the 3m for NK Rijeka midfielder Anas Sharbini because his true market value is 15m. (Scottish Daily Express)

Hearts are set to make an official approach to Motherwell to speak to goal ace Chris Porter in the next 24 hours. (Scottish Daily Express)

Birmingham City are banking on a creative financial package breaking the deadlock in their pursuit of Rangers striker Kris Boyd. The championship club will increase the basic wage on offer to lure the SPL's top scorer away from Glasgow. (Daily Mail)


Disney-owned American broadcaster ESPN could enter the battle for live Premier League TV rights when bids start for the next contract, which runs from 2010 to 2013. (The Guardian)

Former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd and ex-Blackburn boss Paul Ince are the favourites to take charge at Norwich after Glenn Roeder was sacked on Wednesday. (The Sun)

Former Canaries boss Bruce Rioch, Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson, ex-Derby boss Paul Jewell and former Norwich players Darren Huckerby and Dion Dublin are also in the frame for the Carrow Road job. (The Sun)

Rotherham manager Mark Robins, who played up front for Norwich for three years between 1992 and 1995, has also been linked with the vacant Canaries post. (Daily Star)

Manchester City's assistant boss Mark Bowen, another Norwich old-boy, is another contender for the job. (Daily Mail)

The Canaries want their former boss Nigel Worthington to become their interim manager and combine his duties as Northern Ireland boss for the rest of the season. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea captain John Terry says Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was right to criticise his squad for their recent displays. The England defender admits: "We have been under-performing." (Daily Mirror)

Rangers chairman Sir David Murray insists he will not walk away from Ibrox despite calls from fans for him to stand down. (Daily Record)

Top English referee Howard Webb insists the Football Association's 'Respect' campaign is working despite some high-profile incidents of dissent this season. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp says he could return to the club in a coaching capacity in the future. (Daily Telegraph)


Newcastle United have signed the new Gazza - former Magpies and England star Paul Gascoigne's seven-year-old nephew Cameron Gascoigne, who has been snapped up after scoring 22 goals in a 30-minute junior match. (Daily Star)

Former Chester City defender Martyn Lancaster, who was living in the United States and was without a club, earned a deal with Scottish side Queen of the South after his wife posted a 10-minute highlights package of his career on the internet. (Daily Record)

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see also
Wednesday's gossip column
14 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
13 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - January 2009
14 Jan 09 |  Football
SPL ins and outs
06 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League

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