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Rumours on Friday 2nd January

last updated Friday 02nd January 2009, 8:44 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Fulham have told Jimmy Bullard they are prepared to offer him a new deal to keep him at the club. (Daily Express)


  • Long-term Real Madrid target Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged his future to Manchester United. (Various)


  • Fellow United star Carlos Tevez has urged club chiefs to table a new contract and make his move to Old Trafford permanent. (Daily Mail)


  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been told he has very little money to spend in the January transfer window. (Daily Star)


  • Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe is poised for a return to Tottenham in a £15m deal. (The Telegraph)


  • Manchester City look set to land Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz for £18m. (Daily Express)


  • City manager Mark Hughes will also move for Chelsea's £12m-rated left-back Wayne Bridge. (The Sun)


  • Bridge's departure will pave the way for Chelsea to sign CSKA Moscow's Yuri Zhirkov. (Daily Mail)


  • Valencia have admitted they would sell star forward David Villa to Manchester City for the right price. (The Independent)


  • Hughes is also considering a bid for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker after the Hammers turned down a £12m offer for striker Craig Bellamy. (The Times)


  • However, Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola has been assured that Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy will not be sold over his head during the transfer window. (Daily Star)


  • Manchester United look set to finalise the £16.3m deal to bring Serbian duo Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic from Partizan Belgrade. (The Times)


  • Newcastle keeper Shay Given looks set to walk out on the club. (Various)


  • Given is a target for Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)


  • Manchester United have offered Leeds £10m for midfielder Fabian Delph. (The Sun)


  • West Ham will allow defender Lucas Neill to leave the club for free, just to get him off the wage bill. (The Sun)


  • Portsmouth have launched a £2.5m bid to bring Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil back to Fratton Park. (The Sun)


  • AC Milan are keen on Chelsea's unsettled defender Alex. (The Sun)


  • Alex's departure could see boss Luiz Felipe Scolari move for Brazilian Kleber from Santos for £2m. (The Sun)


  • Hull are lining up a bid for Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, who is also a target for Real Madrid. (The Mirror)


  • Portsmouth are keen on France and Lyon midfielder Sidney Govou after Lassana Diarra left for Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)


  • Newcastle are lining up a £5m swoop for Sheffield United pair Stephen Quinn and Kyle Naughton. (Daily Star)


  • Middlesbrough are closing in on Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher. (Daily Star)


  • Fletcher's arrival could signal the departure of Mido. (Daily Star)


  • Everton manager David Moyes has been priced out of a move for CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love. (The Sun)


  • Inter Milan midfielder Oliver Dacourt is keen on a move to Bolton. (The Sun)


  • New Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce hopes to re-sign Tal Ben-Haim and El-Hadji Diouf. (The Times)


  • Tottenham will target Cristian Rodriguez of Porto and Juan Arango of Real Mallorca if they miss out on Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing. (The Times)


  • Liverpool are closing in on Iceland's Victor Palsson, who plays for Aarhus of Denmark. (The Times)


  • Cardiff City have been priced out of £4.5m move for former striker Michael Chopra. (Daily Star)


  • Hull City are contemplating a £2m bid for Wigan midfielder Michael Brown. (Daily Telegraph)


  • Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is a £9m target for Portsmouth. (The Sun)


  • Newcastle are preparing to offer Rangers £4.5m for Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra. (Various)


  • Meanwhile, the Ibrox club have been told they will have to pay £2.5m to take defender Mattias Bjarsmyr from IFK Gothenburg. (Daily Express)


  • Rangers will demand £7.5m for Allan McGregor if English clubs want to sign the goalkeeper. (Daily Mail)


  • Hibernian striker Abdessalam Benjeloun is set to end his Easter Road nightmare with a move to the United Arab Emirates. (Daily Star)


  • Bolton are considering whether to make a renewed bid for West Brom midfielder James Morrison after the club's initial £3m offer for the Scotland international was rejected. (P A)


  • Aston Villa winger Wayne Routledge has rejected a permanent move to Cardiff City to move to another club. (BBC Sport Wales)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has just over two months to sell the club before being declared insolvent. (The Guardian)


  • Burton have revealed that they will not stand in Nigel Clough's way should managerless Derby come after him. (Daily Star)


  • Fernando Torres looks set for a return to action, with the Liverpool striker set to face Preston in the FA Cup. (Daily Express)
AND FINALLY
  • David Beckham has been pictured looking exhausted after intensive training sessions for new club AC Milan. (Daily Mail)










































































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