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Monday's gossip column

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1434 GMT: New Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists he is not interested in Palermo's Denmark defender Simon Kjaer. "Could the Dane interest us? At the moment we have other targets. We're not thinking about Kjaer," Mancini said. (

1302 GMT: Arsene Wenger admits he may be forced to consider his options during the transfer window after the fresh hamstring injury for captain Cesc Fabregas. "I have said we will keep our eyes open and if a good opportunity turns up we will do it, but at the moment I haven't got any 'names'," said the Arsenal manager, who is also likely to move for a striker to cover the loss of crocked Dutch international Robin van Persie. (Press Association).

1236 GMT: Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic is one of 14 defenders being tipped to replace Real Madrid's Pepe, who is sidelined with a right knee injury. Among the others are Sergio Canales of Racing Santander, Cleiton Xavier of Brazilian side Palmeiras and Benfica's Brazilian player David Luiz, Spanish media reported on Monday.

1041 GMT: Plymouth striker Steven MacLean is having a trial with Hearts. The Clydesdale Bank Premier League club announced that MacLean would be assessed by manager Csaba Laszlo this week. (Press Association)

1031 GMT: England coach Fabio Capello intends to bring David Beckham to the World Cup if the midfielder plays regularly in his second spell at AC Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

0752 GMT: Roma are close to signing out-of-favour Bayern Munich and Italy striker Luca Toni, who has been linked with both West Ham and Chelsea. (Reuters)


Craig Bellamy has rubbished claims he wants to quit Manchester City and denies he led a player rebellion in the wake of Mark Hughes' sacking.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton boss Gary Megson is attempting to sign veteran Real Madrid midfielder Guti.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Harry Redknapp has paved the way for Roman Pavlyuchenko's Tottenham exit and says he would not necessarily need a replacement if the Russian quit White Hart Lane in January.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has refused to rule out a January switch to Spurs as he attempts to ensure he is England's No 1 at the World Cup.
Full story: Sun

Manchester City are on the brink of signing Inter Milan defender Ivan Cordoba, 33, who has fallen out with boss Jose Mourinho.
Full story: Daily Mail

New Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants record signing Robinho to remain at Eastlands, despite the the 25-year-old Brazilian striker being linked with a move away from the club next month. Mancini said: "The important thing for me is that Robinho stays here because he can earn a place in the history of the club." (Various)

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee will bid to land Plymouth pair Jim Paterson and Steven MacLean on pre-contract agreements this week. (Daily Star)

Celtic transfer target Dmitry Verkhovtsov jetted into Glasgow on Sunday and the Belarus international defender vowed to grab his chance of a lifetime with the SPL club. (The Sun)
Full story: The Sun

Hull City have made their Guinea defender Kamil Zayatte surplas to requirements. (The Times).

Newcastle officials are understood to have been in touch with Leeds to outline their interest in leading goalscorer Jermaine Beckford.
Full story: Northern Echo

Juventus director of sport Alessio Secco has made Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini "unsellable" amid interest from both Manchester United and Manchester City.
Full story: Football Italia


Portsmouth are being sued by French side Lens over alleged unpaid transfer fees for striker Aruna Dindane and defender Nadir Belhadj.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted for the first time Chelsea are low on confidence, despite his side still heading the Premier League table.
Full story: Sun

Former Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has set his sights on becoming the Reading new boss after Brendan Rodgers was sacked by the Royals earlier this month.
Full story: Daily Star


South Korean playmaker Ki Sung Yueng has told his new Celtic team-mates to just call him Dave to avoid confusion. "Communication is so important if players are to be comfortable with each other," the 20-year-old said helpfully. (Daily Record)

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho is planning to make his first trip back to Stamford Bridge since he was sacked to watch his former club Chelsea play Fulham on Monday.
Full story: Sun

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see also
Transfers - December 2009
31 Dec 09 |  Football
Sunday's gossip column
27 Dec 09 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
28 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's Scottish gossip
27 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier
Saturday's gossip column
26 Dec 09 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
24 Dec 09 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
23 Dec 09 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
22 Dec 09 |  Gossip

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