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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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BREAKING GOSSIP

(1219 BST) With the anniversary of his death set to be remembered on 10 November, officials in the city of Hanover want to name a street after former Germany star Robert Enke who committed suicide last year. (AFP)

(1204 BST) Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb is to introduce mandatory Croatian language lessons for the growing corps of its foreign players. (Reuters)

(1136 BST) Blackburn will have only £5m to spend on new players in the January transfer window if the Indian company trying to buy the Premier League club succeeds with its takeover.
(Economic Times, India)

(1124 BST) France coach Laurent Blanc is campaigning for a reduction in the number of teams in the French league.
L'Equipe (French)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz intends to leave the club in January - and suggests fellow City forward Carlos Tevez could follow him through the exit door.
Full story: the Guardian

Fulham manager Mark Hughes will try to bring Santa Cruz to Craven Cottage during the January transfer window. Hughes signed the Paraguay frontman while in charge of Manchester City and Blackburn. Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City may make a move for Lazio's Romanian defender Stefan Radu, who is eager to leave the Italian club in the January transfer window.
Full story: talkSPORT

The Eastlands outfit are also interested in Sporting Lisbon defender Daniel Carrico. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are among those eyeing the Portugal Under-21 star.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United target Steven Defour says he is willing to move to Old Trafford. The 22-year-old Standard Liege star is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Belgium and has been tracked by the Red Devils for more than a year.
Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is considering a cut-price move for Shakhtar Donetsk's Croatian full-back Darijo Srna in January.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to boost their defence by acquiring Sean Morrison of Swindon but face a battle with Newcastle and Sunderland for the highly rated 19-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has spoken out for the first time over the fury surrounding his contract wrangle, insisting: "I was never going to leave Man United".
Full story: the Sun

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped up his plan to get the club's key players to commit to the Old Trafford outfit by offering John O'Shea a new £16.5m contract.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will not target any marquee signings in the January transfer window as New England Sports Ventures, the club's new owner, looks to put a stop to the profligate spending the company believes has hampered the club's progress in recent years.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce and chairman John Williams are likely to keep their jobs when the expected £46m takeover by Indian group Venky's goes through in November.
Full story: the Guardian

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is under pressure to bring the club's five-year wait for a trophy to an end this season.
Full story: Daily Express

Gunners winger Theo Walcott has played down his side's title chances, despite the 3-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday. Walcott is urging fans not to get carried away by his team's impressive start to the season.
Full story: talkSPORT

Walcott's team-mate Andrey Arshavin is set to begin talks with Arsenal over a new £80,000-a-week deal. The forward's current contract expires in 19 months' time.
Full story: the Sun

Everton manager David Moyes insists Jermaine Beckford will adapt to the Premier League, despite the striker's poor start to the season. Moyes signed the 26-year-old from Leeds on a free transfer in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has denied whipping up the frenzy that led referee Willie Collum to receive death threats following Sunday's Old Firm defeat by Rangers. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

Fans of Paul the psychic octopus who are in mourning after his death can take comfort from the news that his spirit will live on - in clothing lines and mobile phone applications. The creature, who correctly predicted the outcome of all Germany's matches - as well as the final - at the 2010 World Cup, also features in a documentary.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United fans flocked to the club's Old Trafford megastore on Tuesday. However, it was not striker Wayne Rooney's name they wanted on the back of their replica jerseys - it was that of Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, the new United hero who has his nickname Chicarito emblazoned across his number 14 shirt.
Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has warned his players there is no place for nightclubs and alcohol in a modern footballer's life.
Full story: Daily Telegraph



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