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Sunday's gossip - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are closing in on a British record £40m deal to sign Atletico Madrid's 21-year-old striker striker Sergio Aguero.
Full story: The Mail on Sunday

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is waiting to hear whether he will be handed substantial transfer funds next month. Reds owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are set to bank about £330m after selling their respective ice hockey and baseball sides. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham have put four players up for sale, including captain Robbie Keane, as boss Harry Redknapp prepares a January bid for Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. Spurs will listen to offers for Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko, David Bentley and Alan Hutton in next month's transfer window.
Full story: The People

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is offering £1m plus striker Jay Simpson to push QPR into selling 14-year-old wonderkid Raheem Sterling. Fulham and Manchester City are also interested in the striker.
Full story: The People

Manchester United are close to signing £10m-rated goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 23, from German side Schalke next summer.
Full story: News of the World

England goalkeeper David James is poised to leave cash-strapped Portsmouth in a £2m move to Tottenham. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool could abandon their long-standing interest in Valencia's David Silva in favour of signing his team-mate, striker Juan Manuel Mata, 21. (Sunday Express)

Joe Hart is prepared to quit Manchester City and sign a permanent deal at Birmingham in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old keeper joined the Blues on loan at the start of the season.
Full story: News of the World

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is plotting a £6m move for Argentine left-back Cristian Ansaldi, 22, who plays for Russian side Rubin Kazan.
Full story: News of the World

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is interested in signing former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley, 24, from Sunderland.
Full story: News of the World

Pulis is also lining up a £2m move for Preston keeper Andy Lonergan to replace Steve Simonsen who is out of contract in the summer.
Full story: News of the World

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 26, has emerged as a January target for Arsenal.
Full story: News of the World

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan has made a bid to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 17, on a three-month loan deal.
Full story: News of the World

Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi, 27, wants £130,000-a-week to make a sensational move to Birmingham.
Full story: News of the World

Sunderland are favourites to land former England Under-21 winger Adam Johnson from Middlesbrough for around £5m in January.
Full story: The Mail on Sunday

South African midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has pleaded with Fulham boss Roy Hodgson to let him leave despite only signing in August. The 25-year-old fears he will lose his place in the South Africa World Cup team if he is not playing regular football.
Full story: News of the World

Aston Villa and Tottenham are both chasing Watford's £3m-rated goalkeeper Scott Loach, 21.
Full story: News of the World

Villa are also trailing West Brom's £4m-rated midfielder Graham Dorrans, 22, who is also attracting interest from Birmingham, Everton, Stoke and Sunderland.
Full story: News of the World

Newcastle have asked Manchester United about a loan swap that would see defender Steven Taylor leave Tyneside with Federico Macheda coming in. (News of the World)

Hull boss Phil Brown is poised to offer Sol Campbell a Premier League lifeline at the KC Stadium. The 35-year-old England centre-back is available on a free transfer after leaving Notts County after just one game earlier this season.
Full story: News of the World

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is also reportedly interested in bringing Campbell to the DW Stadium.
Full story: The People

Liverpool have made a surprise bid for Stoke striker James Beattie as they search for a back-up for Fernando Torres.
Full story: The People

Everton are watching Croatia winger Ivan Rakitic who is one of six players who have been told they can leave German side Schalke. The 21-year-old is rated at £6m, but could move for a knockdown price as Schalke deal with a financial crisis.
Full story: News of the World

OTHER GOSSIP

A consortium of Far East businessmen have put together a £1bn deal to buy Manchester United from Malcolm Glazer.
Full story: News of the World

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is threatening to sue the Dutch Football Association for £20m over injured striker Robin van Persie, who ruptured ankle ligaments while on international duty last month and will miss most of the season.
Full story: Sunday Express

Liverpool's American rulers are reeling after Saudi Arabian Prince Faisal bin Fahd decided against pumping his family's millions into the Premier League club.
Full story: The People

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is ready to offer Paul Hart a return to the Premier League as the north London club's youth supremo.
Full story: The People

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, 38, has emerged as a contender to become the ninth manager in three years at Championship club QPR. Current manager Jim Magilton is suspended after a bust-up with Akos Buzsaky.
Full story: The Mail on Sunday

England midfielder David Beckham has targeted playing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when he will be 39. The former skipper, who was dropped after the 2006 World Cup, says he wants to play until he is 40.
Full story: News of the World

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes striker Michael Owen will be part of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad. (Sunday Express)

Rio Ferdinand has targeted Manchester United's FA Cup third round tie against his former club Leeds for a return to action. The defender has not played for United since the 2-0 defeat by Liverpool on 25 October. (News of the World)

Tottenham may not renew captain Ledley King's contract after the injury-prone defender limped out of a practice match last week following another knee injury. The 29-year-old centre-back has struggled for a couple of years with knee problems.
Full story: News of the World

Gary Megson is battling to save his job as Bolton manager after a bust-up with defender JLloyd Samuel at Molineux last weekend. Former England manager Steve McClaren is being lined up as his replacement.
Full story: News of the World

AND FINALLY

Here's a Christmas present idea for you. England internationals John Terry, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand are putting their blinged-up boots up for sale. A staggering 7,444 precious stones adorn the three pairs which are valued collectively at £385,000. They are up for auction in London on Wednesday.
Full story: News of the World



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see also
Transfers - December 2009
31 Dec 09 |  Football
Sunday's Scottish gossip
13 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's Scottish gossip
12 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier
Friday's Scottish gossip
11 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier
Thursday's gossip column
10 Dec 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
10 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier


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