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Wednesday's gossip column

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Inter Milan assistant coach Giuseppe Baresi said West Ham target 18-year-old striker Mario Balotelli will not leave in January's transfer window. (PA Sport 1627 GMT)

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear said he is almost resigned to losing goalkeeper Shay Given.

"It's out of my hands and I am still waiting for the final outcome, but I think he wants a new challenge and that he wants to speak to Manchester City." (Chronicle Live 1430 GMT)

David Beckham has admitted he is unsure whether to return to LA Galaxy when his loan spell at AC Milan ends.

The former England captain said: "It's not easy to decide. It's a matter that requires time. I'm under contract with, and have lots of respect for, Galaxy.

"But the possibility to play at Milan is something special. I knew I'd have fun but I didn't expect to have so much fun." (Corriere della Sera 1310 GMT)

Real Madrid are in talks with Wigan over a deal for their Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia. (Spanish sports daily AS 1200 GMT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident Theo Walcott will sign a new long-term contract at the club. (PA 1044 GMT)


Ex-Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann, who is currently at Stuttgart, is ready for a Premier League return. (The Sun)

Newcastle and Aston Villa are battling to sign Charlton's teenage midfielder Josh Wright. (The Sun)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sent his brother to run a personal check on Rangers teenage striker John Fleck. (The Sun)

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits his club's bid for Brazilian striker Fred is doomed. He was supposed to meet the Spurs boss before that match against Stoke. (The Sun)

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has warned Roque Santa Cruz's suitors Manchester City that he has been unable to find a replacement for the striker. (The Sun)

Aston Villa want to sign Newcastle striker Michael Owen on a free (Mirror)

West Ham have made a 4m bid for Spartak Moscow midfielder Radoslav Kovac. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson wants to bring in Watford midfielder Lee Williamson. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro wants to turn his loan deal at Werder Bremen into a permanent one. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have offered midfielder Aaron Lennon or Jermaine Jenas plus cash for Liverpool striker Robbie Keane. (The Independent)

Manchester City may have to pay Newcastle 8m to prize away goalkeeper Shay Given. (The Independent)

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is lining up 1m-rated Stoke midfielder Amdy Faye. (Daily Mail)

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will decide whether to give midfielder Stephen Appiah a deal when he watches him play for the reserves. (Daily Mail)

Wigan are expecting a fresh bid from Real Madrid for winger Antonio Valencia. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is looking to sign Real Madrid forward Javier Saviola on loan until the end of the season.

The Fratton Park boss is also looking to recruit AC Milan midfielder Emerson and Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough are closing in on Reading midfielder James Harper. (Daily Express)


Wigan manager Steve Bruce claims Manchester City's "disgusting behaviour" cost him midfielder Wilson Palacios.

Bruce was on the verge of persuading the 14m Spurs new boy to sign a new deal when City entered the frame.

Bruce claims there was a "gentlemen's agreement" struck which meant Spurs would get Palacios and City could have a clear run at Craig Bellamy. (The Sun)

Brazil legend Zico believes AC Milan forward Kaka was right to snub Manchester City because he would "lose his ambition". (The Sun)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Everton can win the Premier League this season. (The Sun)

Manchester City and Bolton want to sign midfielder Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon. (The Times)

Newcastle have made an approach to sign Fiorentina midfielder Marco Donadel. (The Times)

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has dismissed an offer from Newcastle to take captain Stephen McManus on loan. (Daily Record)

Lazio lead a pack of Italian clubs chasing Hamilton Accies' midfielder James McCarthy, and have had a 1.5m offer rejected. (The Sun)

Celtic have offered 100,000 for Cardiff City's Willo Flood and hope to tie the deal up after tonight's match with Dundee United. (Daily Star)


Manchester City new boy Craig Bellamy said if he wrote a book one day it would be called "Don't Google Me!".

His fear is that a list of misdemeanours and bust-ups would spring up on the screen and hide the fact he is also a focused player. (The Sun)

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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
27 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
26 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
25 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - January 2009
27 Jan 09 |  Football
SPL ins and outs
21 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League

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