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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

1630 GMT: Harry Redknapp rules out a move for either Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal or FC Porto's Hulk. "Rossi? He's a good player but he's not available. Incredible Hulk? No. Not going to happen," the Tottenham boss says.
(Press Association)

0930 GMT: Birmingham have told winger Sebastian Larsson they will only offload him "when it is right for the club". The Swede is out of contract in the summer and is a target for Newcastle and Blackburn.
(Press Association)

TRANSFER WINDOW

Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill has been cleared to join Arsenal after the Trotters signed Middlesbrough's David Wheater as his replacement.
Full story: metro.co.uk

Meanwhile, Arsenal have put a £15m price tag on Nicklas Bendtner after a number of Premier League clubs asked about taking the 23-year-old Denmark striker on loan. However, Bendtner's father says his son is not interested in leaving the London club.
Full story: the Sun

Zenit St Petersburg are interested in taking Russia striker Andrey Arshavin back from Arsenal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are still in negotiations with Ajax to sign Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, although the Reds' offer is £8m short of the Dutch side's £21m asking price.
Full story: the Independent

German side Borussia Dortmund claim they are fighting off interest from Manchester United for £20m-rated playmaker Shinji Kagawa, 21.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are set to step up their interest in Netherlands right-back Gregory van der Wiel, 22, who has a fixed price of £17m written into his contract at Ajax.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea's Gael Kakuta could be sent out on loan to Fulham to get more first-team action.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham target Giuseppe Rossi has a £33m buy-out clause in his contract but the Italian striker's Spanish club Villarreal are willing to accept £16.5m for the former Manchester United man.
Full story: the Independent

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has ruled out a move for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, saying he "doesn't quite suit us now."
Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has upped his bid for winger Charles N'Zogbia to £9m, although it is thought Wigan want £10m for the French 24-year-old.
Full story: the Sun

Aston Villa striker John Carew will become the highest-paid player in Stoke history when he signs a £52,000-a-week loan deal, with Ricardo Fuller being sold to Sunderland to make room for him.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to snap up highly rated midfielder Ryan Harley from League One side Exeter in a £300,000 deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is lining up a £2m bid for Ipswich midfielder Grant Leadbitter, 25.
Full story: Daily Express

Celtic and Burnley are both interested in signing Everton striker James Vaughan following the end of his loan spell at Crystal Palace.
Full story: talkSPORT

QPR and Ipswich are interested in French defender Pascal Chimbonda after he was released by Blackburn.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Fifa bosses are working on a secret plan to turn football into a summer sport which would run from March to October.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli is seeing a knee specialist in the United States in an effort to avoid the need for surgery.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United's Owen Hargreaves could miss out on a place in their Champions League squad despite making progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina has reiterated his commitment to his long-term Liverpool contract which still has over five years to run.
Full story: The Times (subscription required)

David Beckham was prevented from playing for a behind-closed-doors friendly for Tottenham against QPR this week because of an insurance query.
Full story: Guardian

AND FINALLY

Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill has banned his players from using Twitter, telling them they face being fined £1,000-per-word if they tweet.
Full story: Daily Star



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see also
Friday's Scottish gossip
21 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
20 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
20 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
19 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
19 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2011
31 Jan 11 |  Football


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