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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

1411 GMT: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is plotting a £35m bid to snatch Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas from under the noses of fierce rivals Barcelona.
Full story: Daily Mail

1403 GMT: Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has rejected the chance to join Lazio on loan, according to the Italian club.
Full story: Daily Mail

1401 GMT: Ronaldinho is being offered around England for £7m by AC Milan in the hope of sparking interest from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Full story: Daily Mail

1017 GMT: Manchester United are ready to offer Anderlecht 20m euros for teenage striking sensation Romelu Lukaku.
Full story: imscouting.com

1015 GMT: Wolfsburg have Manchester United defender John O'Shea in their sights, according to German sources.
Full story: imscouting.com

1013 GMT: Liverpool are set to sack Roy Hodgson and replace him with Dutchman Frank Rijkaard following Wednesday's 1-0 home defeat to Wolves.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

1009 GMT: Liverpool have made Ashley Young their top target for the January transfer window and are confident they can land the Aston Villa winger.
Full story: goal.com

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham head a list of six Premier League teams attempting to sign midfielder David Beckham on a two-month loan deal from Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Lassana Diarra will be at the centre of a bidding war in January as Manchester United and Tottenham both prepare bids for the Real Madrid midfielder.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Arsenal and Manchester United are on the trail of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Full story: talkSPORT

Arsenal striker Carlos Vela is being chased by a host of La Liga clubs, including Valencia, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.
Full story: talkSPORT

Meanwhile, the Gunners are set to sell 20-year-old Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit to German side Borussia Moenchengladbach in an £800,000 deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

However, striker Nicklas Bendtner says he will not be leaving Arsenal in January after vowing to fight for his place. The Dane has previously voiced his frustration over his lack of first-team football.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, who is set to join the Eastlands outfit, can fire his team to the Premier League title if he joins in a £35m deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz has cooled speculation linking him with Manchester City.
Full story: talkSPORT

New Inter Milan boss Leonardo has earmarked a summer move for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres as he seeks to freshen up things at the San Siro.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Hatem Ben Arfa will make his loan move from Marseille to Newcastle permanent next week in a £5.1m deal. The midfielder has been out injured since October with a broken leg.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham boss Mark Hughes is lining up a £2m move for Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham's Robbie Keane is prepared to take a pay-cut in order to play regular first-team football, with Birmingham and Wolves leading the chase for the striker.
Full story: Daily Mail

Italian Serie A side Bari are poised to swoop for Wigan's Argentine striker Mauro Boselli, who has scored only once since arriving for £6m last summer.
Full story: the Sun

West Ham co-owner David Gold has revealed the club have targeted 15 different players for manager Avram Grant in the January transfer window.
Full story: Daily Mirror

One of those 15 may be Everton striker Yakubu, who has expressed a desire to leave Merseyside to gain more first-team action.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City have rejected an offer from West Ham to take left-back Wayne Bridge on loan for the rest of the season.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal are considering a move for Real Madrid centre back Ezequiel Garay as manager Arsene Wenger scours Europe for a top-notch defender.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is lining up promising Le Havre midfielder Gueida Fofana as one of his first January signings.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been linked with a move to Spanish side Villarreal.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Everton striker James Vaughan is ready to sign for promotion-chasing Championship side Cardiff City in a £1m-plus deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is looking to force his way out of Stamford Bridge in the hopes of making a move to Liverpool, who have expressed an interest in signing the former Manchester City youngster.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Manchester City will allow Michael Johnson to move to Leeds on loan in a bid to rebuild his wrecked career. The midfielder has been sidelined for two years with a serious knee injury. Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle are ready to offer striker Leon Best in exchange for Leeds winger Max Gradel in January.
Full story: Daily Mail

Bolton are leading the race to sign Sporting Lisbon's Montenegro striker Simon Vukcevic.
Full story: talkSPORT

OTHER GOSSIP

Sam Allardyce, who was recently sacked as manager of Blackburn, wants to be the next boss of Burnley after the Clarets axed Brian Laws on Wednesday. Full story: Daily Mirror

However, former Hull boss Phil Brown, who was Allardyce's assistant at Bolton, is also high on the shortlist to replace Laws at Turf Moor.
Full story: the Sun

Preston could offer former Burnley boss Brian Laws an immediate return to management as Darren Ferguson's successor after the latter was also sacked on Wednesday. Full story: the Sun

However, Paul Jewell is also in the running to take over at Preston after the dismissal of Ferguson.
Full story: Daily Mail

Teenage Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, 19, wants to head for his native Italy on loan. Macheda's agent Marcello Bonetto stated: "United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Kiko can go for six months to gain experience."
Full story: the Sun

Under-fire Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier may be running out of time to turn things around at Villa Park, with club owner Randy Lerner growing increasingly concerned by his team's league position.
Full story: Daily Mail

Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov is urging the club's young players to "show they are men" in their relegation fight. Boss Houllier has fielded a number of young players over recent weeks but the club have slipped to the foot of the table following five defeats in six matches.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is ready to cancel his contract with Stoke as he is frustrated at the lack of first-team football he has played for the club.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Former Liverpool striker Titi Camara has been appointed sports minister of Guinea. The 38-year-old, who also played for West Ham, had a four-month spell as his home country's national coach last year.
Full story: Daily Mail



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see also
Wednesday's gossip column
29 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
29 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
28 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
28 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Transfers - December 2010
14 Dec 10 |  Football


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