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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Juventus have emerged as strong rivals to Tottenham in the race to sign Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, who is free to talk to foreign clubs from 1 January.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has made Liverpool striker Fernando Torres his top target for the January transfer window, while Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema and Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko are also options.
Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier must decide by January if he wants to write off £16m-worth of talent. That is when midfielders Nigel Reo-Coker and Steve Sidwell and striker John Carew enter the final six months of their contracts and can talk to foreign clubs about moving on a free transfer in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are giving centre-back Siyanda Xulu a two-week trial, with a view to a permanent deal. The 18-year-old currently plays for South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.
Full story: imscouting.com

Southampton want to sign Liverpool's 19-year-old striker Nathan Eccleston on loan.
Full story: Daily Mail

MK Dons will consider a deal for England rugby star Danny Cipriani if his move to Australian side Melbourne Rebels is not a success.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has warned Liverpool fans it could be "three to six months before you see improvements" in manager Roy Hodgson's side.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has rejected an offer to put his name forward to become the next chairman of the Football Association.
Full story: the Guardian

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who is recovering from an ankle injury, wants to end his career at White Hart Lane.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Germany Under-21 captain Lewis Holtby has revealed that he could switch allegiances to sign up with England.
Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has told the club's fans to wait another year before judging him.
Full story: Daily Star

Paulo Sousa's future as manager of Leicester is in the balance following Tuesday's 4-3 defeat by Norwich, with the Foxes still rooted to the bottom of the Championship.
Full story: the Times (subscription)

St Johnstone defender Steven Anderson looks set to be retrospectively sent off and hit with a two-match ban after referee Brian Winter showed him two yellow cards but no red in Saturday's defeat at Dundee United. (Daily Record)

Licensing for football agents may be abolished next season, spelling potential chaos for clubs and players.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

News of a power cut in the away dressing room prior to Arsenal's Champions League game at Partizan Belgrade was first reported by Gunners midfielder Denilson via his Twitter account.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Fellow Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere revealed the squad had to use their mobile phones as torches to navigate their way around the dressing room.
Full story: Sky Sports

Striker Wayne Rooney has been named the worst dressed player at Manchester United by his team-mates. "Wazza's bad at times," United defender John O'Shea told Football Punk magazine. "He obviously pays quite a lot for his gear but it doesn't really work for him. Last season he was trying to pull off the country gent look with a few hunting jackets. Let's just say he was alone in thinking that he looked good." (The Sun)

An advert for Asda offering free eye tests to people from Uruguay after England crashed out of the World Cup has been cleared. Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda failed to spot that Frank Lampard's shot was well over the line in the 4-1 defeat by Germany. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the ad would be seen as "banter rather than malice".
Full story: Daily Star



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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
28 Sep 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
28 Sep 10 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
27 Sep 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
27 Sep 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - September 2010
31 Aug 10 |  Football


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