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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1443 GMT: Stoke City have tabled a bid to sign disaffected Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba, who looks to have played his last game for the Bundesliga side after refusing to join their winter training camp, according to Germany's Kicker magazine.

1325 GMT: Real Madrid have approached Germany star Miroslav Klose and are interested in luring the veteran Bayern Munich striker to Spain to replace injured Gonzalo Higuain, his agent has told Spanish newspaper AS.


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will be his top transfer target in the summer.
Full story: Metro

Spanish giants Real Madrid are ready to end Emmanuel Adebayor's Manchester City nightmare by signing the striker on loan with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal's Spanish keeper Manuel Almunia and Russian forward Andrey Arshavin could both be about to leave the north London club.
Full story: Metro

Meanwhile Arsenal are set to re-sign England international defender Matthew Upson from West Ham, which could see the Hammers move for Newcastle centre-back Sol Campbell.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to secure a long-term target - Lyon playmaker and France international Yoann Gourcuff - this summer.
Full story: caughtoffside

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is set to make an offer for Blackpool captain and midfielder Charlie Adam who again impressed as the Tangerines beat his side on Wednesday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

FK Partizan midfielder Radosav Petrovic is attracting the interest of both Manchester United and Tottenham.
Full story: Metro

Dutch international Ricky van Wolfswinkel's move to the Premier League will be delayed until the summer to allow the Utrecht forward time to recover from a collarbone injury.
Full story: talksport

Chelsea and Liverpool's hopes of signing Roma defender Philippe Mexes have been hit by an injury crisis at AC Milan, with the Serie A leaders now favourites to sign the 28-year-old French international.
Full story: talksport

Stoke City are lining up a £2m bid for Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies.
Full story: Daily Mail

Cardiff are considering a move to bring back West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon, who has failed to agree a new contract with the Premier League club and will be a free agent in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is set to leave Eastlands and rejoin Blackburn Rovers.
Full story: the Guardian

Blackpool are keen to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on loan.
Full story: talksport

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has hit out at Aston Villa's bid for goalkeeper Joe Lewis, saying he is going nowhere unless they offer a much bigger fee.
Full story: talksport

QPR want Blackburn's Jason Roberts to replace striker Jamie Mackie, who broke his leg at the weekend (Daily Express).

Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson says he wants to move to Celtic as soon as possible despite having signed a pre-contract agreement to join them in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail


Tottenham's Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale says he would like to play in a Great Britain 2012 Olympic football team despite the Football Association of Wales saying they are not interested in taking part.
Full story: Independent

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is considering dropping out-of-form star striker Didier Drogba for Saturday's match with Blackburn.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are in talks with Roma coach Claudio Ranieri and could offer the 59-year-old the managerial post at Anfield in the summer.
Full story: caughtoffside

Reynald Temarii, the former president of the Oceania Football Confederation, is confident of overturning his 12-month suspension from Fifa's executive committee for ethics violations. (Associated Press)

Derby insist manager Nigel Clough's job is safe despite a run of seven defeats in nine games that included being dumped out of the FA Cup by Crawley. Full story: Independent

John Hartson could start his managerial career at Newport County after Dean Holdsworth quit to take over at Aldershot. (Daily Mail).

Martin O'Neill has ruled himself out of the running as a possible successor to Avram Grant as West Ham manager, leaving Sam Allardyce and Chris Hughton in the frame if West Ham chose to make a change.
Full story: Daily Express

Blackburn boss Steve Kean says they will investigate claims El Hadji Diouf taunted QPR's Jamie Mackie as he lay on the ground with a broken leg in their FA Cup tie on Saturday.

Tomasz Kuszczak believes he is good enough to replace Edwin van der Sar on a long-term basis and claims there is no need for Manchester United to find another top goalkeeper.
Full story: Manchester Evening News


Black Cats boss Steve Bruce will turn DJ and play a mystery record over the Stadium Of Light's PA system to get his revenge on Newcastle if his Sunderland side win this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Stoke striker Tuncay has put a video compilation of his goals on his Facebook page in an effort to try and find a new club.
Full story: Daily Star

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo says Ibrox boss Walter Smith is being a telephone agony aunt as he struggles at the foot of the Spanish league table with Sporting Gijon (Daily Record).

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Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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