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Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1513: Aston Villa have defended their conduct in buying striker Darren Bent from Sunderland after Black Cats' chairman Niall Quinn claimed Bent had been unsettled.
Full story: Kildare TV

1454: Fulham and Newcastle have both made approaches for Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, the player's agent has confirmed.
Full story: Sky Sports

1418: West Ham's Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami says he does not know whether his move to Fiorentina will materialise after the deal stalled.
Full story: Italian newspaper Corriere Fiorentina

1318: A move to West Ham is of no interest to Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner, according to the striker's father.
Full story: talkSPORT

1301: Liverpool owner John Henry met with Ajax striker Luis Suarez's agent in London on Tuesday night as the Anfield side close in on a deal for the Uruguay international.
Full story: Daily Mail

1251: Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips has revealed manager Alex McLeish will let him leave the Blues in the transfer window, if a suitable bid comes in.
Full story: talkSPORT

1125: West Brom striker Ishmael Miller is to sign for QPR on loan for the rest of the season.
Full story: Fulham Chronicle

1015: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has used his Twitter feed to dispel suggestions of a rift with team-mate Denilson. Fabregas described the Brazilian's comment that he was "not a leader" as a "misunderstanding" and linked to a picture of the duo with their thumbs up.
Full story: Cesc Fabregas on Twitter

TRANSFER WINDOW

Chelsea are closing to sealing a deal for Benfica defender David Luiz after making an improved offer of £21m for the Brazilian. (Daily Telegraph)

Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti has already been put off any approach for Bolton's Gary Cahill after the Trotters placed a £25m valuation on the defender.
Full story: the Times (requires subscription)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made Blackburn defender Christopher Samba his top target as he tries to patch up his injury-hit back four.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool have been told that only an "obscene" offer will be enough to land Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from Ajax. The Reds are now likely to make Anderlecht's Romelu Lukaku their primary target.
Full story: talkSPORT

606: DEBATE
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After being quoted a figure of £20m for Suarez, Liverpool may turn their attention to Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo.
Full story: the Times (requires subscription)

The Reds hoped to use the proceeds from the proposed sale of Ryan Babel to Hoffenheim to fund a move for Suarez but midfielder Babel is ready to turn down the transfer in the hope of securing a loan move to former club Ajax.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is ready to sign Barnsley's Adam Hammill in a £500,000 deal, despite late interest from the midfielder's old club Liverpool.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham are proving their "commitment" to manager Avram Grant by selling midfielder Valon Behrami to Fiorentina to fund an £8m move for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Alternatively the Hammers may recruit Paris St Germain striker Peguy Luyindula.
Full story: the Independent

Blackburn have made a £500,000 bid for Birmingham winger Sebastian Larsson, hoping Blues will decide to sell now rather than lose the player on a free transfer when he is out of contract in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackburn are set to sign Argentine forward Mauro Formica from Newell's Old Boys in a £3m deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is preparing a substantial bid for Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie as he looks to address his lack of effective attacking options.
Full story: Caught Offside

Mourinho has set his sights on luring Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez to the Bernabeu. Madrid officials believe an offer of between £37.6m and £41.8m may be enough to prise City's talisman away from Eastlands. (Daily Telegraph)

Fulham are ready to swoop for Southampton's highly rated teenage midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his proposed £10m switch to Arsenal on the verge of breaking down.
Full story: Goal.com

Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is in advanced talks over a switch to Fulham. (the Guardian)

Sunderland are set to spend some of the money brought in by the sale of striker Darren Bent on Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
Full story: InsideFutbol

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is a £5m target for Chelsea as manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes to bring in a deputy to first-choice Petr Cech. (Daily Express)

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has earmarked Peterborough playmaker George Boyd as Charlie Adam's replacement - if the Scottish midfielder leaves Bloomfield Road this month.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham are locked in a battle with Benfica to clinch the signing of Marseille defender Taye Taiwo. The Nigerian international, valued at £5m, has also been targeted by Everton.
Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle and Tottenham are believed to be interested in Italian World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi, with Stuttgart having confirmed the 34-year-old midfielder is surplus to requirements.
Full story: Metro

Middlesbrough defender David Wheater is expected to make the switch to Premier League Bolton in a £4m move. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton striker James Vaughan is joining Celtic on loan for the rest of the season in a shock move that includes a £250,000 'rental' payment.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Rangers striker Kenny Miller is set to seal a £300,000 switch to Turkish side Bursaspor, which will earn him a tax-free £50,000 a week.
Full story: Daily Record

Aston Villa's club record £24m swoop for Sunderland striker Darren Bent looks set to trigger a flurry of transfer window activity that propels top-flight spending past the £100m mark.
Full story: City AM

OTHER GOSSIP

West Ham manager Avram Grant's family begged the Israeli to quit Upton Park before Saturday's defeat by Arsenal following reports that Martin O'Neill was set to be appointed in his place.
Full story: the Sun

Arsenal midfielder Denilson believes that captain Cesc Fabregas is "not a leader". "It's more of a collective team at the moment, everyone is talking - but a leader is always important for a team," said the 22-year-old.
Full story: Arseblog

Manchester United are to offer 37-year-old midfielder Ryan Giggs a new one-year deal at Old Trafford. The Welshman has made 600 league appearances for the club. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea will attempt to tie defender Branislav Ivanovic to Stamford Bridge with a new four-year deal. (Daily Express)

Midfielder David Beckham's first proposed run-out in a Tottenham shirt, a reserve match against QPR behind closed doors, was thwarted by Los Angeles Galaxy after the United States side raised concerns over security at the Spurs training ground.
Full story: the Sun

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane has branded Birmingham's failed £6m bid to buy him a publicity stunt, expressing bemusement at a statement released by Blues explaining why the deal had failed.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Former Chelsea and Newcastle boss Ruud Gullit has reportedly been hired as head coach of Terek Grozny, a team in Russia's Chechen Republic.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Leeds manager Simon Grayson has banned his players from wearing snoods in their FA Cup third round replay against Arsenal this evening. "During a game they should be running around to keep themselves warm," he said. (Daily Telegraph)



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


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