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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is facing another test of his authority as Daniel Sturridge, 22, is becoming disillusioned with his lack of opportunities to play as a centre forward.
Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Nigel de Jong, 27, is set to be sold by Manchester City at the end of the season after the midfielder refused to sign a new contract.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester United have been angered by 21-year-old Danny Welbeck's contract demands - with the England striker holding out for a new £60,000-a-week deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United and Liverpool are set to miss out on Sao Paulo wonderkid Lucas, 19, as Inter Milan edge closer to a deal.
Full story: talkSPORT

But Liverpool have agreed a £1m deal to sign 19-year-old Sporting Lisbon star Joao Carlos Teixeira, dubbed 'the new Deco'.
Full story: Metro

Tottenham's Mexican attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos, 22, is a target for Spanish side Villarreal.
Full story: talkSPORT

Fulham have been told to match Fiorentina's £6.5m bid for Catania's former Barcelona striker Maxi Lopez, 27, or risk missing out.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has turned down a loan bid for 30-year-old striker Peter Odemwingie.
Full story: Express and Star

Birmingham want to re-sign Craig Gardner, 25, on loan. The midfielder moved to Sunderland from Blues in the summer but is homesick for the Midlands.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make an £18m offer for 26-year-old Newcastle United striker Demba Ba.
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QPR are considering a third bid for Blackburn defender Chris Samba, 27, although they are unlikely to offer more than £6m.
Full story: the Independent

Nedum Onuoha is another QPR target with the club preparing to offer the Manchester City defender, 25, more than £80,000 a week.
Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, 20, is poised to return to Leeds on loan with Villa boss Alex McLeish confirming that the club has been contacted by United. Full story: Birmingham Mail

Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants to sign Trabzonspor's Polish striker Pawel Broznek on loan. Full story: Daily Mail

French forward Yann Kermorgant, currently with Charlton, has emerged as a target for Celtic. Full story: Daily Mail


QPR are beefing up security for their FA Cup tie against Chelsea, where Anton Ferdinand and John Terry are set to come face to face.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City have warned their players not to become embroiled in a Twitter feud with their Manchester United rivals over City-related tweets by the likes of Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United striker Michael Owen claims he has not given up on breaking England's goalscoring record - even though he has played just 79 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manager Andre Villas-Boas will take his Chelsea players on a five-day trip to Majorca next week to boost team morale.
Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been dealt a major blow ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against Manchester United, with striker Thierry Henry rated as 'doubtful'.
Full story: Metro

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, 39, is set to play into his 40s after signing a contract extension with them until at least summer 2013.
Full story: Evening Standard


Former Celtic ace Shunsuke Nakamura proved he can still bend it like the best of them, by curling a free-kick through the window of a moving bus on Japanese television.
Full story: Metro

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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
19 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
18 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
18 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2012
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