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Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are preparing for a £30m transfer battle for Everton's 17-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley. The fee would shatter the world record paid for a teenager, which stands at the £26.5m United gave Everton for Wayne Rooney.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Manchester City will make a £30m bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie if contract talks between the Dutchman and the Gunners do not progress before the January transfer window.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Italian clubs Juventus and Inter Milan are also monitoring the Van Persie situation and could line up offers in the January transfer window.
Full story: Inside Futbol

Arsenal are tracking Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo, with a view to making a move for the 22-year-old in January.
Full story: Footie-online.co.uk

Manager Roberto Mancini wants Manchester City to fight Real Madrid for the signing of Santos striker Neymar. The 19-year-old Brazilian is exected to cost in the region of £50m.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers and New York Red Bulls are all interested in signing striker Michael Owen from Manchester United.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

Valencia are trying to negotiate a new long-term contract with their 18-year-old striker Paco Alcacer, who has been attracting interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to keep on-loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor at White Hart Lane for the long term.
Full story: Goal.com

Arsenal will step up their pursuit of Hertha Berlin midfielder Raffael in January as they look to bolster their options in case of any complications with Jack Wilshere's recovery from injury. They could also lose players to the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of 2012.
Full story: Metro

AC Milan are ready to bid £12m to sign Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart in January - and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp may be prepared to let him leave.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Arsenal and Spurs target Ibrahim Afellay has suffered a serious knee injury which could disrupt the north London clubs' hopes of signing the Barcelona midfielder.
Full story: Metro

North east rivals Sunderland and Newcastle are to go head-to-head in a bid to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

James McFadden is set to finalise a contract with Wolves early next week after a week's trial for the fit-again out-of-contract Scotland forward. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist will urge owner Craig Whyte to stump up cash for a striker in January to bolster their Scottish Premier League challenge. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is a surprise contender to succeed Garry Cook at Manchester City. Former chief executive Cook resigned over claims he emailed defender Nedum Onuoha's cancer-suffering mother mocking her illness. Full story: The People

Blackburn want to put an £18m price tag on Junior Hoilett in his new contract, however the 21-year-old winger wants a £15m release clause.
Full story: The People

Emmanuel Adebayor was particularly satisfied with Tottenham's 2-1 win at Wigan after playing for most of the second half with vision in only one eye.
Full story: talkSPORT

Despite their reputation as a hard-nosed club, Chelsea showed their softer side against Swansea - off the pitch, at least - by raising a five-figure sum via a raffle and collection for the families of the four miners killed in the tragic accident in Wales last week.
Full story: Metro

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is a man in demand - but not for a manager's job it seems. Arsenal and Tottenham are among several clubs to have approached the Italian over a role in their scouting networks.
Full story: Metro

Rangers striker Steven Naismith faces trial by television after cameras caught him elbowing Dunfermline defender Austin McCann during the Glasgow side's 4-0 win at East End Park. (Sunday Mail)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown says he has never considered walking away from the club despite recent poor results. (Sunday Mail)

Craig Gordon's future at Sunderland looks bleak with manager Steve Bruce saying he will not begin talks about a new contract until the injury-prone Scotland goalkeeper proves his fitness and plays regular games. (Sunday Mail)

Scotland right-back Alan Hutton says he was desperate to leave Tottenham Hotspur after manager Harry Redknapp forced him to train with the youth team before his transfer to Aston Villa. (Sunday Mail)

Former Rangers and Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson is to move into management when he retires but says he hopes to continue playing long after his present 33 years. (Sunday Mail)

Christophe Berra hopes to welcome Wolves team-mate Steven Fletcher back into the Scotland squad after the striker insisted he wants to play for his country again. (Sunday Mail)

AND FINALLY

QPR manager Neil Warnock has joked he only expected Joey Barton to look at the pictures in his autobiography after giving his star midfielder the book on the coach trip to Wolves last week.
Full story: Metro



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see also
Sunday's Scottish gossip
25 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Saturday's gossip column
23 Sep 11 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
24 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
22 Sep 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
23 Sep 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - September 2011
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