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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are stepping up their interest in Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini and could table a January transfer window bid.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United have made Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan a target for the January transfer window but will have to meet a £40m release clause to capture the Argentine international.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Or, United are unlikely to move for Gaitan, who signed a contract extension with Benfica this week, before the summer, when Dimitar Berbatov is expected to leave Old Trafford.
Full story: The Independent

According to reports, Inter Milan are to sound out several clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona with regards to selling Wesley Sneijder next summer.
Full story: Footie Online

Manchester City are set to renew their interest in Belgian winger Yassine El Ghanassy, currently with Gent, when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Full story: talkSPORT

Reports from Italy are thought to suggest that Ricardo Montolivo favours a move to Arsenal, rather than either Manchester United or AC Milan.
Full story: Footie Online

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he wants to take Chelsea's teenage midfielder Josh McEachran on loan from his former club.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City's Spanish winger David Silva says he would snub Barcelona and Real Madrid to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United are set to reduce their £4m asking price for goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who is expected to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Full story: The Sun

Sunderland are continuing to monitor Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse but have been told by his German club Freiburg they will have to part with £18m for his services.
Full story: Daily Mail

Italian side Napoli are planning a double swoop for QPR duo Adel Taarabt and Alejandro Faurlin.
Full story: Daily Mirrror

Brighton manager Gus Poyet is hoping to lure Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith to the south coast club after bringing in his Magpies team-mate Steve Harper on loan.
Full story: Daily Star

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell is planning a fresh £1.5m bid for Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp after having his first offer rejected in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mirrror

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie is likely to keep Arsenal waiting until the summer before beginning talks over a new contract.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong claims there are "six or seven teams" battling to qualify for the four Champions League places this season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Footballers are thought to have privately discussed not wearing the One Game, One Community t-shirts because they are disillusioned at what they see as a lack of progress in eradicating racism.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish claims Luis Suarez had the opportunity to get Jonathan Woodgate sent off during the midweek Carling Cup tie, and the fact that he did not take it proves he is not a diver.
Full story: talkSPORT

Wigan are not expected to offer injury-hit goalkeeper Chris Kirkland a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Leicester want to interview Huddersfield boss Lee Clark over their managerial vacancy after Martin O'Neill turned them down. Former Derby and Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies is also in the frame for the Foxes.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham have offered striker Andy Johnson a one-year extension to his contract at Craven Cottage, which runs out in the summer of 2012 but the former England striker is holding out for two more years on top of his current deal.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Oldham mascot Chaddy the Owl was reportedly punched by one of his team's own fans during the midweek draw with Preston.
Full story: Metro

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner says his loan move from Arsenal has ruined his wardrobe because his Black Cats team-mates cut his clothes to shreds every time he wears a suit for training.
Full story: Daily Star



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see also
Thursday's gossip column
26 Oct 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
26 Oct 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
26 Oct 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
25 Oct 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
25 Oct 11 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
24 Oct 11 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
24 Oct 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - October 2011
28 Oct 11 |  Football


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