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In a statement, Joe Kinnear claims Charles N'Zogbia is attempting to "engineer a move away from Newcastle United" by claiming to be insulted at Kinnear mis-pronouncing his name in a post-match interview at Manchester City.

Charles N'Zogbia's own statement declared that he will never play for Newcastle again while Joe Kinnear is the manager. (PA Sports - 2320 GMT)

Sunderland striker El Hadji Diouf is reportedly in talks with Blackburn over a proposed move to Ewood Park. (Sky Sports News - 2250 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their efforts to sell Darren Bent by offering the forward to Blackburn Rovers, should they sell Roque Santa Cruz. (The Times - 2228 GMT)

Chelsea and Manchester City will join Real Madrid in the scramble for the services of Carlos Tévez if the Manchester United forward prices himself out of a long-term contract at Old Trafford. (The Times - 2227 GMT)

LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is confident David Beckham will return to the club and says he places no credence on reports from Italy that the Englishman could stay with AC Milan beyond his current loan.

"No one ever knows the accuracy of anything," said Arena. "Everything gets distorted, so we don't concern ourselves with those kind of reports." (AP - 2223 GMT)

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic could seal a move to Fiorentina on Friday. ( - 2120 GMT)

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing 18-year-old Brazilian attacking sensation Wellington from Sao Paulo, but they may face competition from Real Madrid and Roma. ( - 2055 GMT)

Manchester City have rejected Fulham's bid to take Ecuadorean striker Felipe Caicedo on loan (Sky Sports News - 1920 GMT)

Newcastle have reportedly agreed a fee with Bolton for midfielder Kevin Nolan. (Sky Sports News - 1815 GMT)

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has ruled out a move for Real Madrid's Argentine striker Javier Saviola because he is seeking players with Premier League fitness and experience. ( - 1730 GMT)

Hull defender Wayne Brown is set to leave the club after a fee was agreed with two mystery clubs. ( - 1718 GMT)

Tottenham have reportedly enquired about the possibility of re-signing striker Robbie Keane from Liverpool. (Sky Sports News - 1705 GMT)

Aston Villa could be on the verge of signing 21-year-old Marseille attacker Elliot Grandin on loan until the end of the season. (Setanta Sports - 1655 GMT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed a deal to sign Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg is '90% completed'. (PA Sport - 1640 GMT)

Fulham have singled out Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone to replace Jimmy Bullard and are preparing a £3m bid. ( - 1630 GMT)

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed his interest in signing Paris Saint Germain midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. (Official West Brom website - 1610 GMT)

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear says he is still hopeful of signing Toulouse right-back Albin Ebondo. (PA Sport - 1530 GMT)

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has told Manchester City they have left it too late to sign striker Roque Santa Cruz. (PA Sport - 1504 GMT)

Hannover are closing in on the signing of Fulham midfielder Leon Andreasen. ( 1420 GMT)

Fulham have been told by Leeds that young midfielder Fabian Delph will cost them £5m. ( 1313 GMT)

Toulouse defender Albin Ebondo says that he is hopeful his move to Newcastle will come to fruition. (Sky Sports News 1256 GMT)

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has shrugged off speculation of a summer move to Juventus. (Voetbal International 1140 GMT)

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear says Manchester City's offer of £5m for goalkeeper Shay Given is "insulting". (BBC Sport website 1137 GMT) Man City's Given bid 'insulting'

Chievo Verona's Erjon Bogdani has snubbed a potential move to Queens Park Rangers. ( 1135 GMT)

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has revealed that he is trying to sell midfielder Geremi. ( 1131 GMT)

Wigan midfielder Antonio Valencia has spoken of his desire to play Champions League football. (Spanish newspaper AS 1129)

Birmingham are chasing Icelandic defender Solvi Ottesen - according to the player’s agent. ( 1113 GMT)

Cardiff City are close to completing the signing of Motherwell striker Chris Porter for £425,000. ( 1108 GMT)
Well accept Cardiff Porter offer

Valencia midfielder Sunny's move to Portsmouth appears to have collapsed following a medical at the club on Wednesday. (Portsmouth News 1106 GMT)

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie says the club are still hoping to lure Javier Saviola to Fratton Park from Real Madrid. (Portsmouth News - 1105 GMT)

Bolton look set to miss out on Sporting Lisbon star Miguel Veloso as the two clubs appear miles apart in their valuation of the midfielder. (PA Sport - 1101)

West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the signing of Paris Saint Germain star Youssouf Mulumbu. ( 1048 GMT)

Czech international Radoslav Kovac has confirmed he is heading to West Ham after snubbing a move to Celtic. (Sovietsky Sport - 1040 GMT)

Manchester City will today make a final take-it or leave-it offer to Blackburn for striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Manchester Evening News - 1028 GMT)

Egypt international Ahmed Al-Mohammadi says he is close to joining Blackburn Rovers on loan. ( 1013 GMT)

Chelsea and Manchester City are competing with Barcelona for Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery. (German newspaper Bild - 1002 GMT)


Tottenham are preparing a £20m bid for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given will join Manchester City today in a deal thought to be worth £8.5m. (The Sun)

Wigan have slapped an £18m price tag on midfielder Antonio Valencia, who is wanted by Real Madrid and Manchester United. (The Sun)

The Latics could sign Real Madrid forward Javier Saviola as part of the deal that takes Antonio Valencia to the Bernabeu. (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham are hoping to sign Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli. (Daily Express)

AC Milan stars have urged club officials to snap up England midfielder David Beckham, who is on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy, permanently. (Daily Star)

Zenit St Petersburg have told Arsenal they want £15m for forward Andrei Arshavin. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has emerged as Real Madrid's top summer target. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and AC Milan star Kaka are also on their wish list. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham have bid £2.5m for Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are to sign AC Milan keeper Marco Storari after Carlo Cudicini joined Tottenham. (Daily Mail)

West Ham have agreed a loan deal for Spartak Moscow midfielder Radoslav Kovac. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa hope to sign Manchester City youngster Daniel Sturridge in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn are keen on Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko and are set to bid £6m for the Wolfsburg star. (Daily Mirror)

Hull are set to land French defender Steven Mouyokolo from Boulogne for £2m. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell has urged the club to sign two new players before Monday's transfer window. (Daily Express)

Sol Campbell himself is unsure where his future lies, with Portsmouth yet to offer the defender a new contract. (Daily Mail)

Everton have failed in their attempt to sign Newcastle forward Alan Smith. (Daily Telegraph)

Portsmouth are set to complete the signing of Spanish Under-20 midfielder Stephen 'Sunny' Sunday. (The Guardian) Or, Pompey have failed in their attempts to sign 'Sunny'. (Daily Mail)

QPR have a launched a £2m bid for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. (Daily Star)

Watford want to sign Inverness Caley Thistle midfielder Don Cowie on a Bosman deal. (The Sun)

Axed Caley Thistle boss Craig Brewster is ready to pull his boots back on for Ross County. (the Sun)

Out-of-favour Rangers full-back Steven Smith is a loan target for St Mirren. (Various)


American billionaire Robert Kraft has no intention of bidding for a stake in Liverpool, despite recent reports. (Daily Mail)

England manager Fabio Capello has hinted that he will include David Beckham for next month's friendly with Spain. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is set to sign a long-term deal with the club. (The Independent)

Fred's agent Rodrigo has accused Harry Redknapp of being a liar after the Lyon striker's £4m move to Tottenham broke down. (Daily Mirror)


Superstitious AC Milan stars have started patting the bottom of on-song loan signing David Beckham in an attempt to continue their recent fine form. (The Sun)

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo had to have a heart operation at the age of 15 to save his football career. (The Sun)

The Portuguese winger has just splashed out £6.1m on a space-age mansion in his homeland. (The Sun)

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

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