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Sunday's gossip column

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea could make a shock move for Inter Milan star and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira in January.
Full story: News of the World

West Ham striker Carlton Cole is Arsenal's number one January target.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas is determined to leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer, but could move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona for £45m in January.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

David Moyes wants to lure former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, currently playing for Atletico Madrid, to Everton.
Full story: Daily Star

But Moyes will get no joy when he tries to tempt defender Steven Taylor away from Newcastle.
Full story: News of the World

Chelsea are keen to sign Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano in January, but may have to wait until the summer, when the 29-year-old Brazilian will be available for £24m.
Full story: News of the World

Both Chelsea and Sunderland are on the trail of Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson, but the 22-year-old looks set to stay at the Riverside Stadium with a new contract worth £1.5m a year.
Full story: News of the World

Barcelona will come in with a £30m bid for Liverpool's Javier Mascherano in January.
Full story: News of the World

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is therefore understandably eager to tie Mascherano to a new long-term contract, and the club have priced Barca out of a move for the Argentine captain.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Manchester United are tracking 6ft 4in Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, who may be available for £15m - but he wants to move to AC Milan.
Full story: News of the World

Alternatively, Dzeko is at the centre of a three-way battle between United, Arsenal and Manchester City, and is available for just £10m.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

But Bayern Munich believe United face a financial crisis and have no money to spend, having offered them Franck Ribery for £60m in the summer and heard nothing back.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Tottenham will come in for Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand in January or, failing that, will pursue Manchester City's Micah Richards. (Sunday Express)

New Portsmouth boss Avram Grant's first moves will be for Chelsea pair Daniel Sturridge and Juliano Belletti on loan.
Full story: News of the World

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Portugal star Luis Figo says England are "not among the favourites" to win the World Cup in 2010.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Should manager Mark Hughes leave Eastlands, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will block any attempt by Manchester City to bring in former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, whose salary as Russia coach is underwritten by the billionaire.
Full story: News of the World

Portsmouth's cash crisis has reached the point where the club left Aruna Dindane on the bench against Aston Villa on Tuesday because they did not have the cash to meet the £4m permanent transfer deal one more appearance would have triggered with French club Lens.

However, Pompey renegotiated the deal in time for Dindane to appear against Burnley on Saturday.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

The Football Association's allocation of just 4,000 tickets for England's opening World Cup game against the US will create a scramble on the black market.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Mike Ashley is once again preparing an attempt to sell Newcastle United, with fresh interest from America in taking over the club.
Full story: News of the World

Phil Brown has been told his job as Hull boss is safe - until Christmas, at least.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Aston Villa could earn a £30m sponsorship windfall if they reach the final of the Carling Cup.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Everton hope to raise £7m from the sale of their old training ground, having had plans for a new stadium at Kirkby turned down.
Full story: News of the World

AND FINALLY

The FA has denied claims that England's footballers will be given Viagra tablets to help cope with the altitude in South Africa. The anti-impotence drug can boost lung capacity according to a report in the Journal of Applied Physiology. (PA)

Manchester United paid magicians more than £50,000 over a two-year period, and gave a similar sum to a firm which supplies clowns.
Full story: News of the World

Cristiano Ronaldo had an incident-packed Saturday as he missed a penalty, scored, then was sent off as Real Madrid beat Almeria 4-2.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes England will be a force at the World Cup because Fabio Capello has ended the WAG culture within the squad. "When you go to war, you don't take the wife," said Parreira.
Full story: Independent on Sunday



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see also
Transfers - November 2009
30 Nov 09 |  Football
Saturday's gossip column
05 Dec 09 |  Gossip
Friday's gossip column
04 Dec 09 |  Gossip


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