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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Fernando Torres has called on the club's owners to dig deep and back manager Rafael Benitez to ensure Liverpool are back challenging on all fronts next season. Full story: FourFourTwo

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United's financial problems may result in them having to sell star asset, striker Wayne Rooney.
Full story: Daily Express

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is battling to seal a shock season-long loan move for Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Wigan striker Amr Zaki, who currently plays for Egyptian side Zamalek, is set to join Stoke in a £1m deal.
Full story: The Sun

Liverpool have made a shock offer for Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici, who played in the Royals' 2-1 FA Cup victory at Anfield on Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

606: DEBATE

Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are all chasing Racing Santander's 18-year-old striker Sergio Canales.
Full story: The Independent

Brazil midfielder Sandro has claimed his £6m move to Tottenham is a "dream come true". Sandro, 20, has agreed to move to White Hart Lane but his club Internacional want to keep him until they finish their Copa Libertadores campaign, which is South America's equivalent of the Champions League, in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign Legia Warsaw keeper Jan Mucha, who is also attracting the interest of of Stoke. (The Sun)

Spurs are also keeping tabs on midfielder Joe Cole's contract negotiations with Chelsea.
Full story: The Independent

Portsmouth are trying to sign Egypt striker Emad Moteab. The 26-year-old scored in his country's 3-1 victory over Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is considering a fresh approach for Red Bull Salzburg striker Marc Janko. The 26-year-old, who is 6ft 5in and has scored 67 goals in 92 games for his Austrian club, is available for £6.5m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham are also chasing Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, 28, after Liverpool forward Ryan Babel, 23, refused to move to St Andrew's.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn are leading a quartet of Premier League clubs in the chase for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. Bolton, Wigan and Hull are also interested in the 25-year-old, who could leave Villa for £5m.
Full story: The Times

But midfielder Reo-Coker is set to reject an approach from Blackburn.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal are looking for a Spanish club to loan their new Bolivian attacking midfielder Samuel Galindo to. The 17-year-old will struggle to get a work permit to start playing in England.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Burnley boss Brian Laws is going back to his old club Sheffield Wednesday with a £1.5million bid for keeper Lee Grant.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham will tie up the loan signing of exciting young Roma striker Stefano Okaka Chuka, 20, next week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England manager Steve McClaren wants to take Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 18, on loan to his FC Twente side in the Netherlands.
Full story: Daily Mail

But new Bolton manager Owen Coyle is also attempting to take Wilshere to the Reebok Stadium in a loan deal.
Full story: The Independent

Hull are lining up a £1.25m bid for Derby winger Kris Commons.
Full story: The Sun

The arrival of Commons could signal the departure of Hull midfielder Stephen Hunt to Wolves, with manager Mick McCarthy upping his offer for the Irishman to £3.5m.
Full story: The Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool's shock FA Cup defeat by Reading on Wednesday has put manager Rafael Benitez on the brink of losing his job.
Full story: Daily Mail

606: DEBATE

Manchester United may be forced to sell Old Trafford to help reduce the club's reported £700m debt.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United are also exploring the possibility of selling their training base at Carrington. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea will discover at a Premier League tribunal on Thursday how much they must pay Manchester City for signing Daniel Sturridge. The 20-year-old striker clinched a four-year deal with the Blues last summer, with City wanting £10m and Chelsea offering £3m.
Full story: The Times

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to do nothing in the January transfer window - after being told by the club board they will win their appeal against the Fifa transfer ban, which is currently in place until June 2011.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Paul Hart is fighting to save his job as QPR manager after falling out with midfielder Adel Taarabt. The 56-year-old only took over as boss in December.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Manager Roberto Mancini plans to overhaul his Manchester City players' pre-match meal, introducing pizza and wine to the menu. "You need chicken, pizza, carbohydrates, even a glass of wine, but they are not on the table," he said.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Transfers - January 2010
27 Jan 10 |  Football
Wednesday's gossip column
13 Jan 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
13 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier
Tuesday's gossip column
12 Jan 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
12 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier


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