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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Aston Villa have said that striker Darren Bent is not for sale at any price, despite continued interest from Liverpool.
Full story: talkSPORT

However, Villa could make a move for Chelsea forward Didier Drogba as they prepare to receive January bids for Bent.
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Striker Thierry Henry's loan deal to Arsenal has hit a problem over his proposed return date to New York Red Bulls.
Full story: Metro

Sir Alex Ferguson will look to finally land long-term target Wesley Sneijder this month after Inter Milan reportedly placed a £25m price tag on the Dutch playmaker.
Full story: Caught Offside

Manchester United could also join the race to sign Gary Cahill. Bolton agreed a £7m fee with Chelsea for the England centre-back, but have failed to agree personal terms. Now United could make a move to bolster their injury-hit defence.
Full story: the Sun

Chelsea's hopes of signing Cahill are under threat because the Bolton defender is upset his negotiations over personal terms have been made public.
Full story: London Evening Standard

Meanwhile, the Blues are lining up a £12m move for Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are believed to be planning a swoop for Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi - but only if striker Carlos Tevez leaves Etihad before the end of January.
Full story: Manchester Evening News

Blackburn midfielder Mauro Formica says he has been denied a loan move to his former club Newell's Old Boys in Argentina.
Full story: Daily Mail

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are going head-to-head in the race to sign Lille striker Moussa Sow, 25.
Full story: talkSPORT

QPR have reportedly bid £3m for Aston Villa defender James Collins and £2.5m for Man City defender Nedum Onuoha.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham's attempt to bring Calcio Catania striker Maxi Lopez to Craven Cottage may be derailed by the Argentine's desire to keep playing top-flight football in Italy.
Full story: London Evening Standard

Chelsea, Aston Villa and Malaga are reportedly keeping an eye on out-of-favour Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios.
Full story: Bild (in German)

Tottenham's pursuit of Blackburn defender Christopher Samba has been boosted by the news that Rovers boss Steve Kean must sell to finance any major January moves.
Full story: Daily Express

Liverpool have joined Paris St Germain and Marseille in the hunt for Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, amid reports that the 27-year-old is unsettled in the North East.
Full story: Metro

Chelsea are believed to be watching £35m-rated Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, with a view to a possible transfer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea are poised to tie up three new signings - and manager Brendan Rodgers is also hoping to add a fourth new face at the Liberty Stadium.
Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Liverpool may enter the race to sign FC Twente's highly rated 21-year-old striker Luuk De Jong but will face hefty competition from Tottenham and Chelsea.
Full story: Footybunker

Newcastle United have tabled a £4m bid for West Ham defender James Tomkins.
Full story: Daily Star


Scotland manager Craig Levein has revealed Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been suffering with a serious illness for almost four years.
Full story: Manchester Evening News

Blackburn boss Steve Kean faces a fight to keep hold of his assistant manager Paul Clement - less than three months after bringing him to Ewood Park. Newly appointed Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on being reunited with Clement, having worked with him during his management tenure at Chelsea.
Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is unhappy with his bit-part role at Sports Direct Arena.
Full story: the Sun

Norwich defender Adam Drury insists the Canaries will not get carried away with their lofty Premier League position. Paul Lambert's side are currently ninth in the table.
Full story: Eastern Daily Press


Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's mum has launched a passionate defence of her son in the wake of the Patrice Evra racism row.
Full story: Liverpool Echo

With the London 2012 Olympics a matter of months away, the Royal Mint has produced a series of coins, with one explaining the football offside rule.
Full story: the Sun

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see also
Wednesday's gossip column
03 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
04 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
02 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
03 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Monday's gossip column
01 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
02 Jan 12 |  Scotland
New Year's Day gossip column
31 Dec 11 |  Gossip
New Year's Day Scottish gossip
01 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2012
01 Feb 12 |  Football

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