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Rumours on Saturday 3rd January

last updated Saturday 03rd January 2009, 9:36 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has made an £8m bid for Arsenal's unsettled Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure. (Daily Mirror)

  • But Toure has been told by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger he will not be allowed to quit the club after a training-ground bust-up with William Gallas last week. (Sun)

  • City have also targeted West Ham striker Craig Bellamy and Everton defender Joleon Lescott after landing Wayne Bridge from Chelsea. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Hughes also hopes to have Roque Santa Cruz and Bellamy's West Ham team-mate Scott Parker signed up by the end of next week in a £32m spree. (Sun)

  • Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United are no closer to securing a permanent deal for striker Carlos Tevez. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Harry Redknapp admits it is hard to see a future for Hossam Ghaly at White Hart Lane after the Egyptian was jeered by Spurs fans when poised to come on as a substitute in Friday's FA Cup win over Wigan. (Daily Mail)

  • Aston Villa and Manchester City could be in the frame to sign Jermain Defoe, who called in sick before Portsmouth's FA Cup tie with Bristol City. (Times)

  • Portsmouth boss Tony Adams admits Defoe may have played his last game for the club after the striker told Executive Chairman Peter Storrie he wanted to leave the club.

  • Spurs fans chanted Defoe's name all the way through their FA Cup win over Wigan on Friday, hoping to prompt the club to re-sign the player. (Various)

  • Joe Kinnear admits the final decision over whether goalkeeper Shay Given leaves the club could be taken above his head. (Sun)

  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the signings of Partizan Belgrade's Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic will end his January transfer dealings. (Various)
  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned whether the Premier League fixtures have been drawn up to specifically handicap his club. (Times, Daily Mail)

  • Boss Luiz Felipe Scolari insists all is well in the Chelsea camp, despite talk of dressing-room unrest. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Sources within West Ham have denied claims owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson is under pressure to sell the club. (Daily Telegraph)

  • Manager Arsene Wenger insists his careful spending policy has protected Arsenal from the implications of the financial crisis. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Sir Elton John will make a surprise return to Watford just weeks after quitting as honorary life president after his "dismay" at the way the club was being run under former chairman Graham Simpson. (Daily Mail)

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