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Football Rumours on Sunday 2nd January 2010

last updated Sunday 02nd January 2011, 9:05 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers

  • Chelsea have emerged as surprise contenders to sign Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd for £2m, with the 28-year-old Englishman out of contract in the summer. Birmingham and West Ham are also interested.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak rang Edin Dzeko's representatives on New Year's eve to try and save the Wolfsburg striker's £30m move to Eastlands by offering him an improved £150,000 a week, still short of the £180,000 the player is demanding.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Liverpool are leading Arsenal in the race to sign Germany and Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker.
    (The Mirror)

  • Tottenham winger David Bentley is set to move to Newcastle as Spurs make room for the possible arrival of David Beckham.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is set to bid £1.5m for Everton winger Steven Pienaar, whose contract is running out, but Toffees boss David Moyes is likely to want at least £3m for the South African.
    (News of the World)

  • Blackburn are set to receive an offer from Tottenham for unsettled defender Christopher Samba.
    (The Mirror)

  • And Blackburn are leading the chase to re-sign left-back Stephen Warnock, 29, who could move to Ewood Park for £2m.
    (News of the World)

  • Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen will leave Stoke for Swansea in January.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Newcastle hope Tottenham will let them take striker Robbie Keane, 30, on loan in a deal that would become permanent if the Irishman is successful at St James' Park.
    (News of the World)

  • Aston Villa and Wigan want to sign Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on loan for the rest of the season.
    (The Mirror)

  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he will send Macheda out on loan to the club that will offer him the most games.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell, 28, will complete his move to West Ham over the next 24 hours.
    (News of the World)

  • West Ham want Birmingham midfielder Joran Mutch, 19, who is currently on loan at Watford.
    (News of the World)

  • Wolves, Blackpool and Cardiff are battling to sign Millwall defender Danny Shittu, 30, whose contract with the Lions runs out on 20 January.
    (News of the World)

  • Nottingham Forest want to sign Newcastle striker Leon Best on a permanent deal. Burnley, Crystal Palace and Swansea are also interested but only want to take the 24-year-old on loan.
    (News of the World)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Liverpool are to delay the search for manager Roy Hodgson's long-term successor until the summer, and will appoint a caretaker boss to lead the side until June.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Departing Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen is wanted by Manchester City.
    (The Mirror)
AND FINALLY
  • Newcastle's players are to receive guidelines about how to use the social networking site Twitter after Jose Enrique revealed that he was to miss the Tottenham match in midweek because of an injury.
    (The Guardian)








































































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