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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is eager to bring out-of-favour Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Ireland to Parkhead on loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to reinforce his Manchester United midfield with a £12m new year move for Real Madrid's Lassana Diarra.
Full story: the Sun

United are also preparing a summer move for CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev, who Ferguson sees as a long-term replacement for current number one Edwin van der Sar.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Fulham hope to make Chris Samba their first signing of the January transfer window but the Blackburn defender wants assurances over Mark Hughes's future first.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, the Cottagers may face competition from Arsenal, who are keen on the £8m-rated centre-back.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

The Gunners are also reportedly back in the hunt for Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker.
Full story: imscouting.com

Liverpool have rejected a loan offer from Birmingham City for 24-year-old winger Ryan Babel, who has also attracted interest from West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.
Full story: Football365

Juventus are preparing a £27m offer for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and the Italian side may also be willing to throw midfielder Felipe Melo into the deal.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Stoke are close to signing on-loan winger Jermaine Pennant, 27, on a permanent contract from Spanish side Real Zaragoza.
Full story: TalkSPORT

German side Werder Bremen are interested in Aston Villa's 25-year-old defender Curtis Davies, who is currently on loan with Leicester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Villa manager Gerard Houllier has handed a trial to Colorado Rapids' Jamaican striker Omar Cummings.
Full story: Daily Mail

Villa are also keen to sign striker Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal, who may also be joined in leaving the Emirates by fellow striker Carlos Vela, midfielder Denilson and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has received a lucrative offer from Manchester City, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Full story: imscouting.com

Mick McCarthy wants to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane back to Wolves, the club the Republic of Ireland forward made his professional debut for in 1997.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham look set to sign Dieumerci Mbokani on loan from Monaco if they can get a work visa for the Congolese striker.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Hammers may also look to sign Manchester United's Michael Owen on loan after the striker admitted he may have to leave Old Trafford to reignite his career.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Valon Behrami has given Roma until 10 January to reach a deal over his transfer from West Ham. The Switzerland midfielder is desperate to return to Italian football after an injury-hit spell in the Premier League.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton, Newcastle and Blackburn are chasing Barcelona's teenage midfielder Oriol Romeu.
Full story: imscouting.com

Hull have been put off a bid for James Vaughan after his club Everton put a £2m price-tag on the striker.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, the Tigers are close to sealing a £1.5m deal for Leicester striker Matty Fryatt after Foxes boss Sven-Goran Eriksson admitted the player is almost certain to leave in January.
Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

England boss Fabio Capello has risked angering Europe's top clubs by backing calls for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held during the winter. Capello, who is due to leave his role with England in 2012, believes it would be too hot to play in Qatar during June and July.
Full story: Daily Mail

Blackburn caretaker boss Steve Kean has refuted accusations that there were underhand tactics at play when he was asked to take over from Sam Allardyce. "It was an absolute shock when I received the phone call from the chairman which was half an hour before it hit the press that Sam was going to leave," said Kean.
Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the side are struggling to find "the right chemistry" this season. The Blues are on their worst run in 11 years after a 3-1 loss at Arsenal left them six league games without a win.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that champions Chelsea are now out of the title race after the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates.
Full story: talkSPORT

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes that the attacking, passing football played by sides like his own and Arsenal will benefit the next generation of English footballers. "When you play in that sort of style players are forced to make decisions and think on the pitch," said Martinez.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is poised to become the new manager of Sheffield United.
Full story: the Sun

Liverpool are to reward striker David Ngog with a new long-term contract. The 21-year-old has 18 months remaining on his current deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham City have upped their contract offer to winger Sebastian Larsson. The Swede, 25, who cost £1m from Arsenal, can leave at the end of the season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has revealed why John Carew was late to report for his club's Christmas programme - the striker was stuck in snow in his native Norway.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
28 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
28 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
27 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
27 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
25 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
26 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - December 2010
14 Dec 10 |  Football


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