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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are closing in on the signature of Swiss teenage striker Nicholas Hunziker from FC Basle.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Schalke are ready to offer Arsenal the chance to swap Russian forward Andrey Arshavin for the German club's forward Jefferson Farfan. The Peruvian is out of contract at the end the season.
Full story: talkSPORT

Arsenal will listen to offers for defender Sebastien Squillaci in January as manager Arsene Wenger forges ahead with his squad clear-out. Striker Marouane Chamakh has also been told he can leave the club in the new year.
Full story: Daily Mail

Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita has said he will wait until the end of the season before deciding if he fancies a move to Liverpool. He said: "I want to play more games and the Premier League is very attractive and exciting for anyone."
Full story: the Sun

Fulham are lining up Swansea's former Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair as a replacement for Moussa Dembele, who is wanted by Tottenham.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City target Xherdan Shaqiri will not be sold in January - but Basle may cash in on the 20-year-old midfielder next summer.
Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City have sounded out Athletic Bilbao over Spain international Javi Martinez. The midfielder, 23, is also coveted by Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea but will cost £34m - the buyout clause inserted into his latest contract.
Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is reportedly ready to make an audacious bid for Roma forward Bojan Krkic.
Full story: Footybunker

Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for goalkeepers Manuel Almunia and Vito Mannone, after Arsene Wenger made the fringe duo available for loan.
Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle are preparing a £20m January double swoop for Tottenham Hotspur strikers Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Full story: Caught offside

Sheffield rivals United and Wednesday are set to go head to head to sign in-form Rotherham striker Lewis Grabban.
(the Sun)

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has questioned whether Tottenham would be able to turn down a £35m bid from Barcelona for winger Gareth Bale. Reports have emerged that the Spanish club have sent scouts to watch him and Wilkins said: "It will be very interesting to see if Tottenham can turn that down as it is an extreme amount of money."
Full story: talkSPORT

Harry Redknapp's Tottenham are believed to be tracking 20-year-old Barcelona B left-back Carles Planas.
Full story: Inside Futbol

OTHER GOSSIP

Mexico international striker Javier Hernandez says that he nearly quit playing football before joining Manchester United.
Full story: the Sun

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso says English football has made Spain a team of leaders.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal and Wales midfield star Aaron Ramsey says he will not be bullied out of playing for Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he wants to beat David Beckham to the captaincy of the Team GB Olympics side for London 2012.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Liverpool defender Steve Staunton has backed Kenny Dalglish's criticism of the club's upcoming schedule. The Reds face Manchester City in an important Premier League fixture at the end of the month, followed by Chelsea in the League Cup quarter-finals just 48 hours later and Staunton said: "He's trying to put the point across that it's a disgrace. It's the League Cup, why does it have to be 48 hours after an important league game?"
Full story: talkSPORT

Wigan want striker Hugo Rodallega to sign a new contract before the January transfer window re-opens.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are prepared to take a major risk with captain Robin van Persie by waiting until the end of the season to open contract talks with their star striker.
Full story: Metro

Defender Rhys Williams has given Middlesbrough an ultimatum - get promoted to the Premier League or he'll leave. The Australian international's contract does not run out until the summer of 2013 but he is refusing to consider a new deal unless Boro can offer him top-flight football.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Watford legend Graham Taylor could quit as Hornets chairman after a row with club owner Laurence Bassini. The former England manager, who saved Watford from plunging into administration two years ago by stepping into the hot seat, was fuming when Bassini pulled out of a fans' forum in midweek, claiming he was too ill to attend.
Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Manchester United outcast Dimitar Berbatov says he still admires "unbelievable" boss Sir Alex Ferguson despite being left on the bench by him for the majority of this season so far.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea's 5ft 6in midfielder Joe Allen has thanked former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, who was just an inch taller, for helping him prove size does not matter. Allen said: "You look at some of the players around in the past - one of my idols was Paul Scholes - and some of the best in the world are smaller.
Full story: Daily Mirror

A foreign referee will officiate in an FA Cup match for the first time when Masaaki Toma, of Japan, takes charge of Brentford's first round match against Basingstoke.
(The Times)



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see also
Friday's gossip column
11 Nov 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
11 Nov 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
10 Nov 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
09 Nov 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
09 Nov 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
08 Nov 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
08 Nov 11 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
07 Nov 11 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
07 Nov 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - November 2011
11 Nov 11 |  Football


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