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Friday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Portsmouth are in talks with Tottenham over a 7m deal for Giovani dos Santos. (Sky Sports News 2202 GMT)

West Ham midfielder Julien Faubert is set to join Real Madrid on loan with a view to a permanent view. (Sky Sports News 2147 GMT)

Giles Barnes is set to join Premier League club Fulham on loan for the rest of the season. (TheRams.co.uk 1236 GMT)

Arsenal moved a step closer to signing Andrei Arshavin after successfully applying for a work permit for the Zenit St Petersburg forward. (Sky Sports News 1230 GMT)

Blackburn have turned down an improved offer of 18.5m from Manchester City for striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Times Online 1037 GMT)

Newcastle keeper Shay Given has handed in an written transfer request. (The Irish Times 0941 GMT)

Newcastle have entered the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso. (skysports.com 0935 GMT)

Sunderland have received an official bid from Blackburn for striker El-Hadji Diouf. (PA Sport 0929 GMT)

Aston Villa are lining up a bid for Manchester City defender Micah Richards. (dailymirror.co.uk 0927 GMT)

Atletico Madrid are set to make an offer for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. (dailymail.co.uk 0923 GMT)

German side Hoffenheim are believed to be weighing up a bid for Manchester City's 19m misfit Jo. (Manchester Evening News 0910 GMT)

French club Boulogne claim to have reached an agreement to sell defender Steven Mouyokolo to Hull this summer. (PA Sport 0836 GMT)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City have offered Blackburn a final bid of 18.5m for striker Roque Santa Cruz. (The Guardian)

Tottenham are also keen on Santa Cruz and have offered striker Darren Bent as part of the deal to bring the Blackburn forward to White Hart Lane. (The Times)

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is lining up a 10m bid for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch if Santa Cruz does leave. (Daily Mirror)

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a long-term agreement with Real Madrid worth about 91m. (The Times)

Tottenham have ended their interest in bringing Liverpool striker Robbie Keane back to the club. (The Independent)

AC Milan have been told they do not have to bid for David Beckham before the transfer window closes on Monday. (Daily Telegraph)

Charles N'Zogbia says he will never play for Newcastle again after manager Joe Kinnear called him "insomnia" on TV. (Daily Star)

Newcastle keeper Shay Given is set to complete his 8m move to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Kevin Nolan is set to complete his 4.5m move from Bolton to Newcastle on Friday. (The Sun)

The Magpies are trying to offload Damian Duff in an attempt to bring in Derby's Kris Commons. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle hope that 3m will be enough to help them land Toulouse defender Albin Ebondo. (The Times)

Manchester City will make one last bid for Arsenal defender Kolo Toure and may offer Micah Richards as part of the deal. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea and Manchester City have joined Real Madrid in the race to sign Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez. (The Times)

Fiorentina are closing in on the transfer of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. (The Times)

Sunderland face competition from Bolton for West Ham's Calum Davenport. (The Times)

Or, Wolves are set to sign Calum Davenport for 3m. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn are lining up a 2.5m bid for Sunderland forward El-Hadji Diouf. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace are trying to sign Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair on loan. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham are looking at Derby midfielder Giles Barnes as Jimmy Bullard's replacement. (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff will take 6m for star midfielder Joe Ledley who is wanted by Fulham. (Daily Mail)

Reading midfielder James Harper is set to sign for Middlesbrough in a 5m deal. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City could renew their interest in Chelsea defender Alex and Inter Milan's Marco Materazzi. (Daily Mail)

Leicester are to make a 250,00 bid for Hull defender Wayne Brown. (Daily Star)

Swansea are set to smash their transfer record with a 500,000 bid for Southampton's Nathan Dyer. (Daily Star)

Leeds have told Fulham that star midfielder Fabian Delph will cost them 5m. (Daily Express)

Bolton are resigned to missing out on Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso. (Daily Telegraph)

Derby have jumped to the head of the queue to land Motherwell striker Chris Porter. (Daily Express)

Celtic are trying to tie up a loan deal for West Brom left-back Marek Cech. (Daily Record)

Inverness hope to hijack St Mirren's bid to sign Rangers left-back Stevie Smith on loan. (Daily Express)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Premier League clubs are to discuss doing away with the January transfer window. (Daily Mail )

Bolton manager Gary Megson has blamed their recent poor form on the clubs "pathetic" fans. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out taking charge of a British football team at the 2012 Olympics in London. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli has blamed Dimitar Berbatov for the club's nightmare season. (Sky Sports News)

Liverpool are to report Tottenham for allegedly 'tapping up' striker Robbie Keane. (The Sun)

AND FINALLY

David Beckham is being linked to a possible buyout of League One outfit Leyton Orient. (The Sun)



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


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