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Boxing Day gossip column - transfers and rumours

TransfersOther gossipAnd finally

BREAKING GOSSIP

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he may spend the rest of his career at Barcelona - but his former side Arsenal are the only club he would leave the Nou Camp for. (Sky Sports News)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United are poised to test Tottenham's resolve with a £30m January move for play-maker Luka Modric.
Full story: Daily Express

Meanwhile, Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, reportedly targeted by Manchester United, says he is happy at Schalke, where he has scored 15 goals in 16 matches in the Bundesliga this season.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsene Wenger is contemplating a loan move for Manchester City's out-of-favour 31-year-old defender Wayne Bridge, despite denying having made an approach for the left-back in his pre-match news conference.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Gunners are also ready to step up their interest in Brazil's 19-year-old midfielder Casemiro as his club Sao Paulo are reportedly ready to cash in with a £10m deal.
Full story: talkSPORT

Or Arsenal will bid £23m for AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, the 22-year-old having fallen down the pecking order somewhat this season.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Tottenham are interested in Bolton defender Gary Cahill, but Chelsea will beat them to the signing.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Spurs are believed to have held talks with midfielder Giovani dos Santos and his representatives with a view to selling the Mexican in January.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish admits Darren Bent could leave Aston Villa next month, providing they get a bid too good to refuse.
(Daily Mirror)

Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain could be set for a summer switch to Juventus, according to reports in Italy as the Italian giants plan on opening the bidding at £24m for the Real Madrid striker.
Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor will not open talks about staying at loan club Tottenham until the end of the season.
Full story: the Sun

Birmingham have put a £12m price tag on 17-year-old winger Nathan Redmond who is being targeted by Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is weighing up an offer for Hamburg SV's versatile left-sided player Marcell Jansen, 26, whose contract is due to end in 18 months.
Full story: FootyBunker

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie is believed to have turned down a £160,000 a week offer to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
(Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have emerged as the latest suitors for Real Sociedad's 20-year-old centre-back Inigo Martinez, according to reports in Spain.
Full story: Insidefutbol.com

Chelsea are believed to have been told they can sign Brazil international Kaka for £22m.
(Daily Star)

Blackburn will offer Fulham striker Andy Johnson, 30, a £2m pay deal to help them secure their Premier League status.
Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR are believed to be considering a move for Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United veteran winger Ryan Giggs is believed to be the man Welsh chiefs want to replace tragic Gary Speed as national boss.
Full story: the Sun

Meanwhile Giggs is believed to be planning to discuss his Manchester United future with Sir Alex Ferguson and is keeping an open mind about playing on for another season.
Full story: Sky Sports

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has spoken out in support of John Terry - after the defender was taunted at White Hart Lane - and believes the Chelsea captain's court case will not affect his performances.
Full story: Evening Standard

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill believes striker Nicklas Bendtner can finally show why he rates himself so highly at the Stadium of Light.
Full story: Daily Star

The Bishop of Blackburn has called on Blackburn fans to lay off under-fire manager Steve Kean.
(Daily Express)

Wayne Bridge has hit back after his Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini suggested the defender is motivated by money and played golf on matchdays. Mancini has said he is keen for Bridge to find a new club, while the 31-year-old, who has made just one appearance for City this season, said he does not know why he is being isolated.
Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Pensioner Colin Lee, 72, who plays in goal for an amateur team in Wolverhampton, has been revealed as Britain's oldest footballer.
Full story: Metro



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see also
Saturday's Scottish gossip
24 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
22 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Friday's Scottish gossip
23 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
22 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
22 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
20 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
21 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
20 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
20 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - November 2011
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