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Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea say Alex can go to Paris Saint-Germain but they will not pay the £83m asking price for Porto's 25-year-old striker Hulk. Full story: Daily Mail

However, the Blues expect to tie up the £8m signing of Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 20, from Genk, while upping their £16.7m offer for Shakhtar Donetsk's 23-year-old Brazil midfielder Willian.
Full story: Daily Star

Willian is keen for the move to go through, saying: "They have a culture of winning trophies and that excites me."
Full story: the Sun

Rangers have rejected a £7m bid from West Ham for their 26-year-old top scorer Nikica Jelavic.
Full story: Daily Record

Villarreal have offered £6.5m for Tottenham midfielder Giovani dos Santos but face competition from Spanish rivals Granada for the 22-year-old Mexican.
Full story: Daily Mail

QPR manager Mark Hughes is ready to bid £4m for Wigan's 26-year-old Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega.
Full story: the Sun

Wigan Athletic have made an offer for £700,000-rated Dutch striker John Verhoek, 22, who is on loan at ADO Den Haag from Rennes.
Full story: Daily Star

Wigan also stress that they have only made an "informal enquiry" about Bristol City's Nicky Maynard, 25, and not an official bid.
Full story: Daily Express

Newcastle are chasing a loan deal for Juventus winger Eljero Elia, 24, after missing out on him last summer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton, Blackburn, Sunderland and Swansea are all after Sporting Lisbo's 22-year-old midfielder Adrien Silva.
Full story: talkSPORT

Bolton are preparing are bracing themselves for an approach from Premier League rivals Sunderland for club skipper Kevin Davies, 34.
Full story: Bolton News

Manchester United and Liverpool are targeting Danish international defender Jores Okore, after FC Nordsjaelland admit that they will not stand in the 19-year-old's way if a bid does come. Full story: Inside Futbol

Israeli Premier League side MS Ashdod have confirmed that talks are taking place with Manchester City over a deal for 20-year-old midfielder Nir Biton after he impressed on trial.
Full story: Metro

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says he is not expecting the club to bring in any players before Tuesday's transfer deadline.
Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers may move for 30-year-old former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, with Barcelona ready to make the Belarusian a free agent.
Full story: Metro

Newcastle are believed to have made a tentative approach as to the availability of 22-year-old Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez.
Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

West Ham are considering pulling out of their attempts to sign Nikica Jelavic, 26, from Rangers after the Scottish Premier League club rejected their £6m offer for the striker.
Full story: London Evening Standard

Manchester United are looking at Vasco da Gama's 23-year-old central defender Dede.
Full story: CaughtOffside.com

OTHER GOSSIP

Winger Theo Walcott lines up talks with manager Arsene Wenger 'within weeks' to discuss long-term Arsenal future.
Full story: Goal.com

Charlton vow to slap racist supporters with life-time bans after raids by police.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are considering suing their unsettled striker Carlos Tevez over his plummeting transfer value.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants a ban on Premier League clubs loaning players aged over 21 to each other.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers will not rule out another move in the January transfer window - but may have to wait for the players he wants.
Full story: South Wales Evening Post

AND FINALLY

It seems Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has a new passion for music and is prepared to roll with it by purchasing a classic Oasis drum kit.
Full story: Metro



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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
26 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
25 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
25 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Tuesday's gossip column
24 Jan 12 |  Gossip
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
24 Jan 12 |  Scotland
Transfers - January 2012
01 Feb 12 |  Football


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