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Preston are planning an ambitious loan swoop for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck. Full story: Sky Sports

Spartak Moscow say they are interested in signing Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko after selling him to Tottenham at the start of last season.

Spartak director of football Dmitri Popov said: "Now everything depends upon Tottenham. If they make just a step in our direction, the problem with Roman's transfer will be solved." (1621 GMT, Press Association)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for promising Fulham defender Chris Smalling. (1603 GMT, Press Association)

Burnley have signed Monaco striker Frederic Nimani on five-month loan deal, with a view to a possible permanent move. (1515 GMT, Press Association)

Wigan's Dutch winger Daniel de Ridder has completed a loan move to Hapoel Tel Aviv until the end of the season. (1440, Press Association)

Leicester have signed former Newcastle and Aston Villa midfielder Nolberto Solano. (1345 GMT) Full story:

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says it is "100% clear" that Joe Cole will still be at Stamford Bridge next season. (1300 GMT, Press Association)

QPR have signed midfielder Nigel Quashie after he was released by West Ham, 12 years after he first left Loftus Road to join Nottingham Forest. (1245 GMT) Full story:

Hamburg's Ivory Coast international defender Guy Demel has ruled out a move to Sunderland to stay with Hamburg, despite saying he could have doubled his wages by coming to England (1240 GMT, Press Association).

Ruud van Nistelrooy's agent says the Real Madrid striker prefers a move to Germany rather than a return to the Premier League, even though the money is better in England, but no deal has been done yet (1050 GMT). Full story: - in Spanish

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish remains non-committal over a bid for Rangers striker Kris Boyd, saying "it is possible we could do some business" in the summer, but says he is "waiting for the go-ahead" to sign Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner (1035 GMT, Press Association).

Rangers striker Nacho Novo, who is out of contract at the end of the season, says he "would be excited" to receive an offer from Spanish side Celta Vigo, but has heard nothing from them. (1025, Press Association)

Wigan are in talks with Villareal about signing Argentine international striker Marco Ruben, who is thought to be keen to move. (0955 GMT) Full story:

Manchester City have offered £15m for West Ham's Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami. (0935 GMT) Full story: Daily Telegraph

West Ham have offered £2m for Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy, but the Lancashire side want more to part with the South African. (0925 GMT) Full story:

Striker David Nugent is happy to extend his loan spell from Portsmouth to Burnley until the end of the season but does not want to decide on his long-term future until then. (0920 GMT) Full story:

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson says he has had no contact with Arsenal about £7m-rated former non-league defender Chris Smalling, and he would expect Arsene Wenger to get in touch personally if they were interested. (0910 GMT) Full story: The Independent

Hamburg have joined West Ham and Tottenham in the race to sign striker Ruud van Nistelrooy from Real Madrid. (0755 GMT) Full story:

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is interested in Real Madrid's Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago. (0750 GMT) Full story:


New West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have made a sensational swoop for Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, offering him £100,000-a-week to move to Upton Park.
Full story: The Sun

However, Tottenham are now favourites to sign Dutchman Van Nistelrooy after the former Manchester United player rejected a big-money offer from the Hammers.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham, Sunderland and Manchester City are all chasing Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul, with Spurs putting together a £10m bid.
Full story: Daily Mail

Spurs are closing in on a £11m swoop for Palermo central defender Simon Kjaer, but the player's wage demands are proving to be a problem.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James's loan move to Stoke is back on as the clubs have renewed talks.
Full story: The Guardian

Manchester United and Manchester City are both interested in Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. The 25-year-old's agent says he is also talking to Tottenham.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has promised Arsenal and Liverpool that he will make a decision about his future by the end of the month.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Aston Villa have played down reports saying they are close to signing Rangers striker Kris Boyd.
Full story: The Independent

West Ham and Birmingham are both keen on signing AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland are set to complete a £1.8m move for 32-year-old Aston Villa defender Habib Beye.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester City are weighing up a £5m move for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson. Sunderland, Chelsea and Wolves are also interested in the 22-year-old.
Full story: The Sun

Burnley manager Brian Laws is hoping that Portsmouth see "common sense" and allow David Nugent to stay on loan at Turf Moor until the end of the season.
Full story: Daily Express

Wigan are looking to spring a surprise signing with a £5m bid for 23-year-old Villarreal striker Marco Ruben. (Daily Mail)

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will finally walk away from Notts County next week if the club cannot find fresh investment to stave off a winding-up order.
Full story: The Times


Arsenal defender William Gallas will not receive any punishment for his challenge on Mark Davies in the 4-2 victory over Bolton on Wednesday. After the game, angry Bolton boss Owen Coyle said the challenge "was closer to an assault than a tackle".
Full story: The Times

Bolton's anger over the tackle and the fact that the ball was not put out of play is showing no signs of diminishing, with Wanderers defender Paul Robinson saying: "It was a disgusting tackle. He's lucky he hasn't broken his leg. We deserved better and are disappointed not to have got anything."
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his players: "If anyone steps out of control, that's them dead." The Scot was talking at a lecture in Dublin.
Full story: The Sun

Cash-strapped Derby have placed every member of the squad on the transfer list as they try to raise £8m by the end of the month.
Full story: Daily Mirror


So what did Carlos Tevez really say about his former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville in a South American radio interview? He's a "moron" (Daily Mirror and Daily Express), "idiot and creep" (Daily Star and Daily Mail), "stupid bootlicker" (The Sun) and a "bootlicking moron" (Guardian, Independent and The Times) are the general themes.

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