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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1258 GMT: Scott McDonald's agent has dismissed reports the Australian striker is keen on a move away from Celtic. Full story: Evening Times

1100: Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has rubbished speculation linking him to either the France job or Manchester United, where he ended his playing career. (Europe 1 Radio)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid are ready to capitalise on the growing rift between Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic by bidding for the defender. Vidic was a late withdrawal for Sunday's FA Cup match against Leeds, which United lost 1-0.
Full story: The Times

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is keen to bring Atletico Madrid's Argentine winger Maxi Rodriguez to Anfield this January, initially on a short-term loan deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham will attempt to beat the Reds to Rodriguez's signature though by offering midfielder David Bentley on loan as part of the deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are also looking to offload players during the transfer window with Italian left-back Andrea Dossena set to sign for Napoli in a £5m switch.
Full story: Goal.com

Birmingham will test Liverpool's desire to hold on to Ryan Babel by bidding £8m for the Dutch winger in January.
Full story: Independent

Birmingham are also set to tie up a £2.5m deal for Sporting Gijon's Spanish midfielder Michel but they have pulled out of a proposed move for Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Leeds have put a £2m price tag on FA Cup hero Jermaine Beckford after he scored the winner in the third round tie at Manchester United. Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest all keen on the striker, who is out of contract in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

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Newcastle though will win the race for Beckford's signature by paying Leeds £3m - double the asking price before his goal at Old Trafford.
Full story: The Guardian

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Italian striker Giampaolo Pazzini for £22m but Sampdoria will only let him leave if the 25-year-old is loaned back to them for the rest of the season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are in advanced discussions with Inter Milan to bring French midfielder Patrick Vieira back to the Premier League. Vieira left Arsenal for Juventus in 2005.
Full story: The Times

West Ham and Bolton are both chasing Portuguese striker Nuno Gomes, who is out of favour at Benfica and desperate for first-team football to boost his hopes of making his country's 2010 World Cup squad.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke City have slapped a staggering £20m price tag on Ryan Shawcross in a bid to scare off the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs, who are all keen on the defender.
Full story: Daily Express

Defender Matthew Upson's exit from West Ham appears to be gathering pace after Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola enquired about Stoke centre-back Robert Huth.
Full story: The Sun

Celtic are set to boost their Scottish Premier League title bid with a loan move for Stoke striker Dave Kitson.
Full story: Scottish Sun

However, the Bhoys could be set to lose Australian striker Scott McDonald, who is wanted by Wigan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan is setting up a move for his old Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - in a loan switch from Hull City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wigan are poised to bid £3m for Leicester striker Matty Fryatt.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has turned his back on a loan move to the Championship in favour of joining another Premier League club on a short-term deal to prove to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger he can hack it at the top level.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham hope to tie up a loan deal for Roma striker Stefano Okaka after the player's agent revealed his client was keen on the move.
Full story: The Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to axe seven players for Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final with bitter rivals Manchester City following his side's humiliating defeat by Leeds in the third round of the FA Cup. Striker Dimitar Berbatov and right-back Gary Neville head the list of those for the chop.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is set to hand a home debut to rookie defender Dedryck Boyata in the Carling Cup semi-final with United. City are without regular defenders Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott and Nedum Onuoha due to injury.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has been offered a quick return to management - with the Turkish national team.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Professional Footballers' Association is on standby to hold emergency talks at Fratton Park today if Portsmouth's players are not paid their December wages by the club.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has held clear-the-air talks with manager Carlo Ancelotti and team-mate Frank Lampard after appearing to suggest he was being overlooked by the former and that the latter was given preferential treatment in a recent interview.
Full story: The Times

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer says he has no interest in taking the vacant manager's job at Sheffield Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, the Owls may well make a shock move for Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock, who used to manage Wednesday's bitter rivals Sheffield United.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

An unlikely figure has offered to help Michael Owen in the Manchester United striker's bid to claim a place in Fabio Capello's 2010 World Cup squad. Former England cricket captain and United fan Geoff Boycott has written to Owen suggesting he try the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui after the Test Match Special commentator utilised it during his recovery from cancer.
Full story: The Sun

Darts legend Phil Taylor, who claimed a record 15th world title on Sunday by winning the PDC world final, says he can help England win the World Cup this summer by delivering a rousing team talk to the players.
Full story: The Sun



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see also
Transfers - January 2010
27 Jan 10 |  Football
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
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Monday's gossip column
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Monday's Scottish gossip
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Sunday's gossip column
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Sunday's Scottish gossip
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Gossip column of the year
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