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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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1202 GMT: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is still hoping to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, despite the club's failed attempt to bring in the Catalan midfielder last summer. (Press Association)

1155 GMT: Hamburg striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was reported on Saturday to have demanded to be allowed to return to Spain after Real Madrid expressed interest in re-signing the Dutchman. Full story: Kicker magazine (in German)

1047 GMT: Schalke's out-of-favour United States midfielder Jermaine Jones looks set to go on loan to England's Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season.
Full story: Bild (in German)


Inter Milan are lining up a £17m summer bid for Manchester City's 29-year-old midfielder Gareth Barry.
Full story: talkSPORT

Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao is wanted by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a replacement for Patrice Evra, who could move abroad in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are interested in Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo, who has entered the final six months of his current deal with the French club. (the Times)

Manchester City will allow Shay Given to leave Eastlands, but only if they can find a replacement.
Full story: the Guardian

Real Madrid are ramping up their bid to land Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Spanish club want Adebayor on a short-term loan but they will have to stump up the majority of his £160,000-a-week wages.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar will reject Chelsea to sign for Tottenham next week.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan are all interested in Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez.
Full story: Daily Mail

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says that striker Karim Benzema, who has been linked with a move to England, will not be leaving the club during the transfer window.
Full story: the Independent

Aston Villa are stepping up their efforts to sign Wigan left-back Maynor Figueroa after the club allowed Stephen Warnock to return to Liverpool on loan.
Full story: Daily Mail

Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz is wanted by both Blackburn Rovers and Fulham. (the Times)

Wolves are chasing Lens midfielder Sidi Keita.
Full story: Daily Mail

St Johnstone face competition from Hearts and Hibernian for the loan signing of Leigh Griffiths following the striker's £150,000 move from Dundee to Wolves. (the Sun)

Scotland striker Kenny Miller is preparing to open signing talks with Turkish champions Bursaspor, with today's match against Hamilton likely to be his last for Rangers. (the Sun)

Celtic and Rangers face a head-to-head battle for the signature of Derby County midfielder Kris Commons, whose contract ends in the summer, although his present club retain hopes of re-signing the Scotland international. (the Sun)

Scunthorpe United are poised to wrap up a £600,000 deal for Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon. (the Sun)

Hibernian are considering a bid for Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Adam Rooney, pondering a loan deal for Arsenal's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and giving a trial to former Reading man Heidar Thorvaldsson as they look to bolster their striking options. (the Sun)

Kilmarnock and Hibernian are battling to land Brechin City midfielder Craig Molloy on a pre-contact agreement. (the Sun)

Stuart McCall hopes to make Donal McDermott his first signing as Motherwell manager and has held talks with Manchester City about taking the winger on loan. (Daily Express)


Bookmakers have slashed the odds on former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill replacing Avram Grant at West Ham.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo could be sacked if his side fails to get a result against Blackpool on Saturday.
Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to drop midfielder Michael Essien and striker Didier Drogba for the game against Blackburn as he looks to arrest the club's miserable run of form.
Full story: the Guardian

Ancelotti has revealed his fear that the club will not qualify for next season's Champions League. (the Times)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Gareth Bale will not come back to haunt him in Sunday's game against Tottenham after conceding he was the one that got away for the Old Trafford outfit.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes that if his side loses Sunday's game, Manchester United will win the Premier League title.
Full story: the Sun

Burnley are offering Eddie Howe a three-and-a-half-year contract worth £1.75m to join them from Bournemouth.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Barry Hearn has thrown his weight behind Tottenham's bid to move into the London 2012 Olympic Stadium after the Games. Leyton Orient's chairman said: "Unfortunately the [Olympic] stadium is poorly designed, unfortunately the stadium is a waste of public money and it's things like that, that the government and the people involved in the Olympics don't want to hear."
Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, who is out of the derby against Sunderland, is struggling to play again this month.
Full story: Daily Star

Qatar spent £27m on communications alone in 2010 as they pulled out all the stops to win the vote for the 2022 World Cup. (Daily Telegraph)

Striker Roque Santa Cruz claims Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wrecked his Eastlands career after completing his switch back to Blackburn.
Full story: Daily Star

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has agreed to back the change to a 10-club Scottish Premier League - if it agrees to a "more equal" distribution of income away from Celtic and Rangers. (the Scotsman)


Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, who will play in his 600th league game if he features in Sunday's match with Tottenham, says yoga has been key to his longevity in the sport.
Full story: the Independent

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see also
Saturday's Scottish gossip
15 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
14 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's gossip column
13 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
13 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
12 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
12 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
10 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
11 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2011
31 Jan 11 |  Football

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