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Tuesday's gossip column

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UEFA president Michel Platini says he will make a decision about whether or not to stand for re-election before this year's World Cup in South Africa. (France Football)


Barcelona are stepping up their attempt to sign Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, and are prepared to offer him wages of £8m a year after tax.
Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is in talks with Real Madrid with a view to signing former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on a free transfer.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

And Redknapp has had a bid for out-of-favour goalkeeper Ben Foster rejected by Manchester United.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is ready to quit the club he joined as a nine-year-old two decades ago. Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan and Premier League big spenders Manchester City are believed to be interested in a deal.
Full story: Daily Mail


Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford is planning to leave the League One club in the summer, with Everton a possible destination.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has held further talks with the father and agent of Racing Santander's Spanish midfielder Sergio Canales. Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in the 18-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool star Fernando Torres has urged the club to buy a top Spanish striker - such as Valencia's David Silva or David Villa - while under-fire Reds boss Rafael Benitez is pondering a £12m bid for Sunderland forward Kenwyne Jones.
Full story: The Sun

However, Benitez's attempt to sign Jones has hit the rocks as Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is holding out for a £10m cash deal.
Full story: Daily Express

Bruce wants Wigan's £7m-rated left-back Maynor Figueroa and is willing to sacrifice midfielder Kieran Richardson to land him.
Full story: Daily Star

Sunderland are preparing a bid for Benfica's veteran Portuguese striker Nuno Gomes.
Full story: The Independent

French side Lille want to sign Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul for £10m, with cash-strapped Pompey willing to accept the offer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has been told that he must drop his wage demands if he is to secure a move away from Fratton Park.
Full story: Daily Star

Zenit St Petersburg say they have pulled out of the race to sign Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Full story: The Guardian

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to splash out on Fulham's England under-21 giant centre-half Chris Smalling - in a stunning £7m deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Birmingham City have been told they can have Celtic winger Aiden McGeady, if they match the asking price.
Full story: The Sun

And Birmingham are interested in FC Moscow forward Maxi Lopez, who has been on loan at Gremio in Brazil.
Full story: The Times

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has made an offer for Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham have watched Bordeaux defender Mathieu Chalme as they try and offload Alan Hutton.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses has revealed he cannot wait for his crack at the big time as his seemingly inevitable exit from the Londoners draws closer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Burnley are speaking to Monaco striker Frederic Nimani, and could sign the French Under-21 international on loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wolves are keen on Stoke striker James Beattie and Hull winger Stephen Hunt.
Full story: Daily Mail

Philippe Senderos is weighing up his options before deciding whether to join Celtic, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich or Everton on loan from Arsenal. (Daily Mail/The Herald)

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee will step up his bid to sign Darren Barr during January rather than wait to secure the Falkirk defender when his contract ends in the summer. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee says he will have to "be creative" to land Darren Barr in January as his club cannot afford to pay a fee to Falkirk for the defender. (The Herald)


Chelsea are waiting to discover the extent of midfielder Michael Essien's knee injury, amid fears that the Ghanaian could be out for the rest of the season.
Full story: The Times

The Glazer family, the owners of Manchester United, could take £600m out of the club over the next seven years in dividends, interest and fees coming out of a bond issue.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola could be replaced by former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes if David Gold and David Sullivan complete their takeover of the club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, Gold and Sullivan will announce that Zola's position is safe when they take control.
Full story: Daily Star

Barcelona have shrugged off claims that coach Pep Guardiola will replace Sir Alex Ferguson as the next manager of Manchester United.
Full story: The Sun

French winger Jerome Rothen, on a season-long loan from Paris St Germain, was in Glasgow on Monday to prove to Rangers he is still too sick to play after two months off with swine flu. (Daily Record)

Celtic and Rangers are on the verge of clinching a £1.5m per year deal with Tennent's to replace Carling as the Old Firm's shirt sponsor. (Daily Record/Daily Express)

Caretaker Craig Brown will be named Motherwell manager until the end of the season despite Monday's Scottish Cup defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (The Sun)

Hibernian manager John Hughes has called in motivational guru Watt Nicoll to help improve his side's work ethic and end a run of three games without a win. (Daily Record)


Manchester United defender Gary Neville has stoked the flames ahead of Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg against rivals Manchester City by claiming his club were right to get rid of City striker Carlos Tevez as he was over-priced.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

And former United winger David Beckham has told City's fans that they will never be bigger than the Old Trafford club, adding that he would never join City, no matter how much money was offered.
Full story: Daily Mirror

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see also
Transfers - January 2010
27 Jan 10 |  Football
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
19 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
18 Jan 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
18 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
17 Jan 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
17 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier

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