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Tuesday's gossip column

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally


Arsenal completed the signing of Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin only minutes before the transfer window slammed shut. (Various)

Arshavin has signed a deal worth 70,000 a week, which ties him to the Emirates Stadium until 2012. (Various)

The Gunners have paid 10m for Arshavin, rising by a further 2m based on success-related clauses being met. (Daily Mail)

So keen was Arshavin to complete his move to Arsenal that he hired a private jet to fly him into London on Sunday night. (Various)

Arshavin has taken a 20,00 a week pay cut to join Arsene Wenger's men. (Daily Star)

The sticking point in the deal was a huge loyalty bonus received by Arshavin upon signing for Zenit. It was awarded on the understanding that he would complete his four-year contract but having spent a little over two-and-a-half years in St Petersburg the club's board demanded the difference be returned by the player. (Guardian)

Zenit spent Monday ringing round Premier League clubs - targeting Tottenham in particular - in a bid to find a buyer who would pay more than Arsenal. (Daily Star)

AC Milan are ready to make a 14m bid to sign midfielder David Beckham on a permanent contract when his loan deal at the San Siro comes to an end. (The Sun)

Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher was said to be devastated after his chance of a move to Celtic disappeared when Easter Road chairman Rod Petrie rejected an increased offer of around 2.3m from the SPL champions for the 21-year-old. (Daily Record)

Sunderland striker Michael Chopra's move to Cardiff beat the transfer deadline by one minute. (The Sun)

German side Schalke failed in an attempt to take Rangers winger DaMarcus Beasley to the Bundesliga for free on deadline day. (The Sun)


Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has been given three games to save his job at Fratton Park following a string of poor results since taking over from Harry Redknapp. (The Sun)

Adams has been offered public backing from the Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie, who claims "there has been no board meeting to discuss the manager's position and there is not one planned". (Various)

Dennis Wise is set to leave his post as Newcastle's director of football. (The Sun)

Referee Mike Riley phoned Frank Lampard to personally apologise for sending the Chelsea player off at the weekend. (Daily Express)

Dimitar Berbatov says hearing Manchester United announced as "the champions of England, Europe and the world" before games at Old Trafford inspires them to "crush" opponents. (Various)

Liverpool co-owner George Gillett has admitted for the first time he would be "open" to selling his stake in the club. (Daily Telegraph)


Premier League clubs splashed a record 178m in the January transfer window, compared with 146m in 2008, 63m in 2007 and only 35m when the system was introduced in 2003. Who says there's a credit crunch? (The Sun)

Arsenal's Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he was unable to walk for the first four years of his life. His mother Alica carried him all over Africa in search of a cure before being told to spend a week praying in church. On the seventh day, Adebayor heard children playing outside, somebody kicked a ball into the church and he was the first to get up, run and collect the ball. (Various)

Willo Flood, who joined Celtic from Cardiff on transfer deadline day, has been given the number 16 jersey, formerly worn by Roy Keane. Four years ago Flood was handed a souvenir shirt by Keane, his hero, but his friend's mother lost it in the wash. (Daily Record)

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see also
Monday's gossip column
02 Feb 09 |  Gossip
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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