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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

[1525 GMT] Liverpool winger Ryan Babel is set to sign for Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, according to Germany's Bild newspaper.

[1300 GMT] Liverpool's midfielder Joe Cole will remain at Anfield despite links with a loan move to former club West Ham.
Full story: goal.com

[1110 GMT] Ryan Babel is keen on a loan move back to Ajax - and believes the deal could form part of Luis Suarez's potential transfer to Liverpool. "The transfer of Suarez to Liverpool opens the door for me to go to Ajax," he said.
Full story: De Telegraaf [in Dutch]

[1100 GMT] Leicester City have made an audacious bid to land former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry. Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has made an enquiry about signing the 33-year-old striker on loan during the American Major League Soccer close season.
Full story: Leicester Mercury

TRANSFER WINDOW

Sunderland have made Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko their top target to replace Aston Villa-bound Darren Bent.
Full story: goal.com

Bent's move to Villa could see forward John Carew leave the Midlands club to join West Ham.
Full story: Metro

Former Tottenham striker Bent will cost Villa £18m - which will smash the club's transfer record - and his move will be completed on Tuesday.
Full story: Birmingham Mail

Or, Villa will pay £24m for the 26-year-old forward.
Full story: Daily Mail

But Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly considering making an attempt to hijack Villa's move for Bent.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Chelsea are also pushing ahead with a £22m bid for David Luiz after Benfica secured a replacement for the defender.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid have turned their attention to Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez after Hamburg blocked their attempt to re-sign striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

Manchester United are battling Real Madrid for the signing of 17-year-old Argentine forward Juan Manuel Iturbe, who plays for Quilmes.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

West Ham and West Brom are locked in a battle to sign Paris St Germain striker Peguy Luyindula.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami is expected to complete a £4.5m move to Fiorentina on Tuesday.
Full story: talksport.co.uk

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has set his sights on capturing Manchester United right-back Rafael.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

United, meanwhile, are pushing ahead with attempts to sign Barcelona's Spanish international midfielder Sergio Busquets.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Bordeaux defender Michael Ciani is being touted for a move to Arsenal later this month.
Full story: Metro

Italian club Sampdoria have revealed that they were keen on bringing in Fulham forward Diomansy Kamara.
Full story: tribalfootball.com

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he faces a battle to hang on to in-form midfielder Joey Barton.
Full story: tribalfootball.com

Rafael van der Vaart has urged his Dutch team-mate Mark van Bommel to join him at Spurs. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is known to be keen on the 33-year-old Bayern Munich captain, but may have to battle AC Milan and Manchester City for his signature.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton are close to winning the battle to sign Middlesbrough defender David Wheater.
Full story: Daily Mirror Fulham are hopeful of signing winger Shaun Wright-Phillips in a cut-price deal from Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is reported to have identified Aston Villa duo Ashley Young and Stewart Downing as potential transfer targets.
Full story: Metro

Or, Luis Suarez could become Dalglish's first signing since his return to the club with Liverpool set to step up their bid for the Ajax striker.
Full story: Daily Mail

But Tottenham are also interested in the Uruguay forward and are tracking Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano as well.
Full story: the Guardian Liverpool are lining up a move for £5m-rated West Brom winger Jerome Thomas.
Full story: the Sun The race to sign Jay Bothroyd is intensifying after Cardiff turned down a bid from an unnamed Premier League club. Newcastle, Birmingham and Fulham have been linked with England striker.
Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

West Ham have been hit by Martin O'Neill's decision not to join the Hammers - leaving Grant to continue at Upton Park.
Full story: Daily Mirror

England's number one goalkeeper Joe Hart has received a 'rocket' from his angry Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini after a string of below-par displays.
Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

The Sunderland fan who pushed over Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper this weekend was marched to the Magpies training ground on Monday to apologise - by his dad. But repentant Ross Miller, 17, did not get the chance to say sorry as the Newcastle squad had been given the day off.
Full story: Daily Star

French left-back Patrice Evra thinks the whole nation was against unbeaten league leaders Manchester United as they fought out a goalless draw with Spurs on Sunday. "All the country was against Manchester United," he said. "Everybody wanted us to lose."
Full story: the Sun

Left-back Ben Parker claims he is still waiting for Leeds chairman Ken Bates to say thank you for setting up the replay against Arsenal after he conceded the last-minute penalty at the Emirates which denied the Elland Road club victory. "The lads are saying I did the chairman a big favour by setting up a money-spinning replay," he said.
Full story: Daily Mirror



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see also
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
18 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
17 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
17 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
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Sunday's Scottish gossip
16 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2011
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