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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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West Ham manager Avram Grant says Valon Behrami's move to Fiorentina is "nearly done" and it is just a question of sorting out the formalities (Press Association, 1535 GMT).

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could take place at the end of the year, after talk it could be moved to the start of the year because of the desert heat (Reuters, 1535 GMT).

Villarreal's former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi, who had been linked with Tottenham, has signed a new contract to stay with the Spanish side until 2016 (Press Association, 1530 GMT).

Ruud van Nistelrooy has responded to Hamburg SV's refusal to allow the striker to join former club Real Madrid by insisting he will not extend his contract when it runs out at the end of the season. (Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper, 1054 GMT)

Real Madrid are keen to sign Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor after missing out on re-signing Hamburg striker Ruud van Nistelrooy (Marca, 0900 GMT).


Chelsea defender Alex could leave Stamford Bridge for AC Milan as the Londoners step up their bid to sign Benfica centre-back David Luiz.
Full story: Metro

Liverpool's attempt to sign striker Luis Suarez from Ajax has ended in failure, according to reports in the Netherlands.
Full story: talkSPORT

Valon Behrami's future at West Ham will become clearer in the next 48 hours after the Swiss international midfielder landed in Italy on Monday to undergo a medical at Fiorentina.
Full story: Metro

Wolfsburg manager Steve McClaren has offered £6m for Liverpool's Milan Jovanovic.
Full story: talkSPORT

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club will make an offer for Lille midfielder Eden Hazard.
Full story: Metro

Under-pressure Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is set to step up his pursuit of Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd this week.
Full story: Metro

Arsenal's Carlos Vela is on the verge of joining Valencia after a deal was agreed in London last week, according to reports in Spain.
Full story: talkSPORT

Everton manager David Moyes has played down speculation linking midfielder Jack Rodwell with a move to Manchester United.
Full story: IMscouting

Only days after landing Steven Pienaar, Tottenham are looking to continue their raid on Everton by preparing a fresh bid for captain Phil Neville.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid's attempts to lure former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy back to the Bernabeu have been rejected by Hamburg.
Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham hope to sign controversial Blackburn striker El-Hadji Diouf before the end of the transfer window.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Inter Milan director Marco Branca has revealed that Sevilla striker and long-standing Tottenham target Luis Fabiano could join the Italian club.
Full story:

Manchester City midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips is being linked with Bolton after being seen at the Reebok Stadium for their game against his former side Chelsea on Monday night.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Birmingham's 6ft 7in Serbian striker Nicola Zigic could be heading back to former side Racing Santander after failing to impress at St Andrew's.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Rangers want to sign Portsmouth's Icelandic defender Hermann Hreidarsson as they prepare for Arsenal to make a bid for Madjid Bougherra.
Full story: Daily Mail

Scottish Premier League record scorer Kris Boyd could be heading back to Rangers on loan from Middlesbrough - if they cover his £25,000-a-week wages.
Full story: Daily Express

Blackpool are to sign former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere, who is a free agent, and Moroccan international defender Salaheddine Sbai on loan from Nimes.
Full story: Daily Mail


Chelsea have turned a corner after recording their first away win since October, according to boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Full story: Sky Sports

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes his club are reaping rewards from his retirement from international football.
Full story: talkSPORT

Sepp Blatter has been at Fifa for too long and needs to be replaced as president, according to the Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Full story: the Guardian

Tottenham's injury-plagued defender Ledley King could be out for the rest of the season with a groin injury but Jonathan Woodgate is in line for a shock return to their Champions League squad.
Full story: the Guardian

Rangers striker Steven Naismith has warned the club to pay up to keep Allan McGregor, Madjid Bougherra and Steven Davis at Ibrox or risk them following top scorer Kenny Miller out of the door as they come towards the end of their contracts. (Daily Record)

New Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric, who had eight managers in three years at previous club Leicester, has vowed to stick with under-fire boss Alan Irvine, despite fans calling for his head (the Sun).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tipped Cesc Fabregas to be a future captain of the Spanish national team.
Full story: Daily Telegraph


Ipswich manager Paul Jewell has responded to the jibes from Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who claimed the Suffolk side adopted "rugby tactics" in their Carling Cup semi-final, first leg. Town hold a 1-0 advantage and Jewell quipped that the second leg should be moved to Twickenham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has revealed he walked for five hours and eight miles before finding a cab when London was snowbound in December.
Full story: the Sun

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn says they are being treated as "the lost tribe of East London" in the debate over the future of the Olympic Stadium, which is just two miles from their Brisbane Road home (Daily Mirror).

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see also
Monday's gossip column
24 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
24 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
23 Jan 11 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
23 Jan 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2011
31 Jan 11 |  Football

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