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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Fifa executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer says he is losing faith in the governing body after its handling of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, branding the treatment of unsuccessful bidders England and Australia a "disgrace".
Full story: Bild (in German)

TEVEZ TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid are unlikely to move for Carlos Tevez, despite manager Jose Mourinho's admiration for the Argentine striker, because of Manchester City's £25m valuation.
Full story: Guardian

The Eastlands club are ready to sue Tevez for up to £50m if he goes through with his threat to quit football.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will strip Tevez of the captaincy and force him to train with the reserves.
Full story: the Sun

A report in Spanish daily 'Sport' has suggested that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is the power behind Carlos Tevez 's transfer request at Manchester City.
Full story: IM Scouting

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has asked the club's management to redouble their efforts to try and land Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez in January.
Full story: IM Scouting

Liverpool's director of football strategy Damien Comolli will travel to France before the New Year to watch £4m-rated Sochaux midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, 20.
Full story: Goal.com

Chelsea enter the race to sign Portuguese teenage sensation Joao Reis, who plays for second division club Louletano.
Full story: Talksport.co.uk

Tottenham face stiff competition from Inter Milan and Valencia to sign teenage Dutch striker Luc Castaignos, who is rated at £4m by Feyenoord.
Full story: Talksport.co.uk

Meanwhile Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is lining up a move to sign Schalke's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
Full story: Sport.co.uk

However, Tottenham face competition from Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and Everton for Paris Saint Germain's Benin international midfielder Stephane Sessegnon's signature.
Full story: Sport.co.uk

Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on the progress of Everton's England international left-back Leighton Baines.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Benfica are prepared to pay Manchester City £8m for striker Roque Santa Cruz to make the move to Lisbon when the transfer window opens in the new year.
Full story: Talksport.co.uk

Stoke are interested in Birmingham winger Sebastian Larsson after being priced out of signing Jermaine Pennant on a permanent deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Potters boss Tony Pulis is also keen to land unsettled Tottenham striker Robbie Keane.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has pledged his future to the club, insisting he wants to stay at St James' Park, ending speculation linking him with a January transfer window move.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sven-Goran Eriksson is preparing a £1.5m bid to make Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton's loan move to ­Leicester permanent.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Italian Serie A club Lazio are interesting in signing Celtic striker Georgios Samaras, who is out of contract in the summer. (Daily Record)

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain insists that Kenny Miller will not be sold in January at any price, despite the Scotland striker being out of contract in the summer. (Various)

Scotland striker Kenny Miller's contract negotiations with Rangers have reached an impasse, according to chief executive Martin Bain. (Various)

New Aberdeen manager Craig Brown will target four Motherwell players in January - Steven Saunders, Steve Jennings, Alan Gow and on-loan striker Nick Blackman. (Various)

Coventry City manager Aidy Boothroyd says he would rather lose goalkeeper Keiren Westwood for nothing in the summer than sell him to Celtic in January. (the Sun)

Celtic could turn goalkeeper Sergie Pareiko, who has refused a new contract with Tom Tomsk, should they fail in their bid for Coventry's Keiren Westwood. (Daily Mail)

It is interest from Celtic that has led Estonia goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko to refuse a new contract with Tom Tomsk. (the Herald)

Belgian club Gent have warned Celtic off attempting to sign forward Yassine El Ghanassy and centre-half Marko Suler in January. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa have joined Liverpool in the race for FC Basel winger Valentin Stocker, but the Reds are in pole position to land the 21-year-old.
Full story: IM Scouting

OTHER GOSSIP

West Ham are preparing to sack manager Avram Grant, with Sam Allardyce lined up as his replacement once the former Blackburn boss negotiates his pay-off with his former club.
Full story: Goal.com

Allardyce's pay-off could be as high as £1.5m, with £1m due for the remainder of his contract, as well as a bonus of £500,000 if Blackburn stay up in the Premier League.
Full story: Mirror

Blackburn's new Indian owners want Argentina legend Diego Maradona to replace Sam Allardyce as manager.
Full story: Mirror

Sam Allardyce was sacked by Blackburn Rovers' new owners because he refused to target Scotland striker Kris Boyd from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window and instead wanted Tottenham's Robbie Keane or Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz. (the Sun)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has threatened to sue Motherwell should they question his integrity over his switch to Pittodrie. (Various)

Dean Saunders is the main candidate to replace Gary Speed as manager of Sheffield United should the former Leeds, Everton and Newcastle midfielder become Wales boss.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Hull manager Phil Brown is also in pole position to become the new Blades boss.
Full story: Daily Star

Midfielder Frank Lampard has "no doubt" Chelsea will win the Premier League this season despite have stuttered in his absence.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

The Scottish Premier League is preparing to dangle a cash carrot in front of the Scottish Football League clubs by offering those joining a proposed SPL2 a tenfold increase in prize money. (Daily Record)

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir says his member clubs are against the regionalisation of Divisions Two and Three suggested by the Scottish Premier League. (Various)

AND FINALLY

Liverpool owner John W Henry has revealed he has been for dinner with Reds legend Kenny Dalglish and his wife. "He needs to have a more substantive role within the club," said the American, who added: "I understood about half of what he said, and I just nodded when I couldn't understand."
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
14 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
13 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
13 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
11 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
12 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
11 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
11 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
10 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
10 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - December 2010
14 Dec 10 |  Football


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