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Monday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are still trying to sign Robinho from Manchester City and are prepared to offer striker Didier Drogba, centre-back Alex, plus 20m for the Brazilian. (The Sun)

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will let striker Robbie Keane leave Anfield for Tottenham - but only if Spurs are prepared to do a swap deal with Aaron Lennon. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham had a 15m bid for Keane accepted on Sunday night (Daily Mail).

However, others say Liverpool swiftly rejected the offer and no improved bid has been forthcoming from north London. (The Independent)

Tottenham striker Darren Bent is a deadline-day target for Newcastle and Sunderland - but the striker is holding out for a move to Everton. (Daily Mirror)

Italy and Roma defender Christian Panucci, 35, is on the verge of signing for Hull. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth boss Tony Adams hopes to add Tottenham's Giovani dos Santos to the loan signing of Bayer Leverkusen striker Theofanis Gekas. (The Guardian)

Bolton's 15m bid for Miguel Veloso was rejected on Sunday night after a mystery Premier League club joined the race for Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese midfielder. (Daily Star)

The Trotters are eager to boost their midfield options and are ready to make a 3m bid for Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham hope to tie up a move for Inter Milan midfielder Olivier Dacourt. (The Sun)

Blackburn are weighing up an approach for Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi - if Manchester City make an improved 20m bid for striker Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are expected to try to sign a defender and Manchester City striker Daniel Sturridge, who is out of contract in the summer. (The Times)

Tottenham will make a late bid to sign Reading's Stephen Hunt as the Irishman has a 5m get-out clause in his contract, while Real Madrid's Javier Saviola has been offered to Spurs on loan. (Daily Express)

Celtic are keen to take West Brom left-back Marek Cech, who is also being trailed by Cologne and Napoli, on loan. (Daily Mirror)

The Parkhead club were on the verge of pulling out of the proposed deal to sign striker Steven Fletcher as they feel the 4m being asked by Hibernian is too much. (Daily Record)

Cardiff City have also offered 3.5m for the Scotland international striker. (The Sun)

Celtic are hopeful of taking Gelson Fernandes and Ched Evans on loan from Manchester City. (The Herald)

West Ham are close to agreeing a deal to sign 22-year-old South Africa international Bryce Moon to provide cover at right-back and midfield. (The Independent)

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will plead with Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari to loan him defender Michael Mancienne for the rest of the season. (The Sun)

Billy Davies has made a 400,000 bid for Norwich winger Lee Croft and the Nottingham Forest boss is also out to land Blackburn keeper Mark Bunn on loan. (The Sun)

The Forest boss also says a 600,000 deal for Hibernian captain Rob Jones should be completed today. (Daily Record)

Rangers left-back Steven Smith is set for a permanent transfer to St Mirren after red tape scuppered a loan move.(The Sun)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Tony Adams has insisted he will not quit as Portsmouth manager even though former Chelsea boss Avram Grant is reportedly being lined up to replace him (Daily Mirror). But the former England captain looks certain to be sacked. (The Sun)

Or, depending on who you believe, Adams faces a three-match stay of execution to save himself from the sack. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool are still locked in talks about selling the club to the Al-Kharafi family in Kuwait, despite reports that the Middle East dynasty were no longer interested in Anfield. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

Julien Faubert thought he was the victim of a wind-up when Real Madrid first moved to sign him last week. The West Ham midfielder, who has moved to the Spanish club on loan until the end of the season, said: "I got a call from a Madrid agent but I didn't really take it seriously. I thought he was winding me up. Then a few minutes later my agent called me to tell me it wasn't a joke."



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see also
Sunday's gossip column
01 Feb 09 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
31 Jan 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - February 2009
02 Feb 09 |  Football
SPL ins and outs
21 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League


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