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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Aston Villa are pondering a move for Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie after losing Jermaine Jenas to a season-ending injury.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea and Manchester City are thought to be monitoring Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel, who says he will not sign a new contract at the club. The 23-year-old is also wanted by Valencia.
Full story: The Sun

Tottenham are planning to snatch Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen from under the noses of north London rivals Arsenal.
Full story: Metro

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to sign Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who worked with him at Bolton.
Full story: The Sun

Spurs and Arsenal are both reportedly interested in Chelsea's out-of-favour defender Alex.
Full story: Daily Star

Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi is wanted by Spartak Moscow, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa also thought to be interested in the £7m-rated Frenchman.
Full story: The Sun

Bundesliga side Schalke are keen to hijack Arsenal's interest in Germany international striker Lukas Podolski, 26. Schalke want to sign Podolski as a replacement for former Real Madrid man Raul, 34, who is contracted to the club until next summer.
Full story: talkSPORT

Everton skipper Phil Neville says the club are unlikely to sign United States international striker Landon Donovan on loan in January.
Full story: Liverpool Echo

QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is believed to be attracting interest from Napoli and two other Premier League clubs.
Full story: Daily Mail

Meanwhile, Neil Warnock's side have joined Stoke, Newcastle and West Brom in the chase for Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Premier League sides West Brom and Wigan are both lining up moves for Nottingham Forest defender Luke Chambers, who is out of contract at the City Ground in the summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Defender Nemanja Vidic's agent has claimed that the Manchester United captain suffered a serious knee injury during the defeat by Basel. Silvano Martina said: "Unfortunately he has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament." In response to a follow-up question asking if the player would be out for several months, the agent said: "Unfortunately so, yes."
Full story: Calcio Mercato (in Italian)

England coach Fabio Capello told the Uefa disciplinary panel he was to blame for Wayne Rooney's red card, for selecting the striker so soon after the arrest of his father and uncle. (various)

Defender Jody Craddock has backed Wolves captain Roger Johnson to become a "top calibre player" again.
Full story: Express & Star

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has backed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to replace Fabio Capello as England manager. "Arsene Wenger wouldn't be a bad thing for England. He proves it every year. He and Sir Alex Ferguson are the best managers in the league and, if the boss at Arsenal wanted the job with England, I'd be delighted with that," Wilshere said.
Full story: Metro

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has blasted the critics who slammed him for leaving Arsenal and insisted: "I had to go".
Full story: the Sun

New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill hopes midfielder Craig Gardner's Sunderland career will finally take off after a difficult start for the midfielder on Wearside.
Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

AND FINALLY

Liverpool forward Andy Carroll's troubles in front of goal have been well documented this season, but one lucky gamer witnessed the frontman score twice in a second after a Fifa 12 glitch saw the big Geordie indulge in a passionate embrace with Arsenal goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski. Full story: Metro



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


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