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Rumours on Thursday 3rd January 2008

last updated Thursday 03rd January 2008, 8:52 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Derby and Fulham have joined the race to sign Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage, who is also wanted by Sunderland. (The Sun)

  • Watford striker Marlon King says he will leave the club during the transfer window - with Fulham tipped as his likely destination. (The Sun)

  • Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is lining up a £45m bid for Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. (Telegraph)

  • Ronaldo has made up his mind up to join Real and his agent has agreed a deal in principle with the club. (Express)

  • Chelsea have agreed an £8.5m deal with Lokomotiv Moscow for Serbia international defender Branislav Ivanovic. (various)

  • Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka is also set to move to Stamford Bridge for a £10m fee. (various)

  • And Blues manager Avram Grant is considering making it a triple swoop by offering £26m for Tottenham forward Dimitar Berbatov. (various)

  • Yet Chelsea are not finished there - they are also set to make a double swoop for Sevilla defender Daniel Alves and Valencia striker David Villa, at a cost of £45m. (Mirror)

  • Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb is wanted by Barcelona, who claim he is their top transfer target. Barcelona are also tracking Cesc Fabregas, Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Xabi Alonso. (Mirror)

  • Manchester United face competition from Barcelona for the signature of Bayern Munich left-back Philip Lahm. (Mirror)

  • AC Milan are confident they will capture Barcelona's Brazil superstar Ronaldinho in the summer, despite interest from Chelsea. (Mirror)

  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is lining up a move for Espanyol's 20-year-old keeper Kiko Casilla. And German stopper Jens Lehmann is set to leave the Gunners to join Borussia Dortmund. (various)

  • Blackburn will assess Levski Sofia striker Valeri Domovchiyski during a five-day trial at Ewood Park. (The Sun)

  • Macedonia striker Goran Pandev, who plays for Lazio, has said he is interested in playing for Tottenham, Liverpool or Everton. (The Sun)

  • Sheffield United will pay £6.5m for three midfielders and two defenders. West Ham's Nigel Quashie, Derby's David Jones, Portsmouth's Richard Hughes, Man Utd's Phil Bardsley and Aston Villa's Gary Cahill are the targets. (various)

  • Leeds have had an offer of £250,000 for Barnet midfielder Jason Puncheon turned down. (The Sun)

  • Derby will sign former Newcastle winger Laurent Robert. (The Sun)

  • Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is considering making a move for Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge. (Star)

  • Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is preparing to offer former club Leicester £1m for 20-year-old defender Richard Stearman. (Star)

  • Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is set for a major clear-out at the club, releasing five players. Martin Taylor, Rowan Vine, Olivier Tebily, Neil Kilkenny and Neil Danns are all on their way out. (Star)

  • Derby manager Paul Jewell is ready to pay £2m for Hull's American-born goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. (Star)

  • Charlton and Hull are fighting it out for the signature of versatile Colchester skipper Karl Duguid. (Star)

  • Ipswich have made an enquiry to Sunderland for 30-year-old striker David Connolly. (Star)

  • Wolves are keen on taking Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi on loan for the rest of the season and also want Derby's Robert Earnshaw. (Star)

  • Leeds are set to sign Luton striker Dean Morgan, who is currently on loan at Southend. (Star)

  • Everton are tracking Sheffield Wednesday's £1m-rated teenage centre-back Mark Beavers. (Star)

  • West Brom manager Tony Mowbray is preparing to bid £750,000 for Luton midfielder David Bell. (Star)

  • Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has his eye on Manchester City's out-of-favour Greece international striker Georgios Samaras. (Mirror)

  • Newcastle face competition from Real Madrid for Valencia midfielder David Albelada. (Telegraph)

  • Derby manager Paul Jewell is set to sign Tottenham midfielder Hossam Ghaly on a loan deal. (Mirror)

  • Everton manager David Moyes will pay £1.5m for Plymouth's 17-year-old midfielder Dan Gosling. (Mirror)

  • Aston Villa's out-of-favour goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has pleaded with manager Martin O'Neill to be released from his contract. (Mirror)

  • Ipswich have bid £1.5m for Plymouth midfielder David Norris after having an initial £1m offer turned down. (Mirror)

  • Leicester manager Ian Holloway is involved in a tug-of-war with Plymouth over a loan deal for Manchester United winger Lee Martin. (Mirror)

  • Aston Villa's Bulgaria star Stylian Petrov is sure his compatriot Dimitar Berbatov will get his wish to leave Tottenham for a bigger club. (various)

  • Everton manager David Moyes may move for Bayern Munich defender Daniel Buyten on a loan deal. (Telegraph)

  • Doncaster want to sign Birmingham midfielder Neil Kilkenny. (Telegraph)

  • Wigan manager Steve Bruce is ready to listen to offers for midfielder Jason Koumas and defender Fitz Hall, who is attracting QPR's interest. (Telegraph)

  • Sunderland are interested in Reading striker Leroy Lita. (The Sun)

  • Bolton are monitoring Barcelona striker Santiago Ezquerro, who is unsettles at the Nou Camp. (Telegraph)

  • Liverpool may sell Mohammed Sissoko, John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch to raise money to sign Javier Mascherano on a permanent deal. (Telegraph)

  • Manchester City have been told by French club Toulouse that striker Johan Elmander, who is also wanted by Tottenham, is not for sale. (Telegraph)

  • Manchester City forward Rolando Bianchi is wanted by Italian side Torino, on a loan move with a view to a permanent transfer. (The Times)

  • Arsenal's highly-rated young Spanish midfielder Fran Merida is set to join Real Sociedad on loan. (Independent)

  • Liverpool have been warned off making a move for Palermo striker Maurizio Zamparini. (Independent)

  • Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is considering making a move for Atletico Madrid's Portugal international midfielder Maniche. (Independent)

  • Inter Milan have abandoned the idea of signing Manchester City forward Elano, claiming the Brazilian is out of their price range. (The Times)

  • Bolton and Middlesbrough have expressed an interest in signing Sheffield United forward Rob Hulse. (The Times)

  • West Ham may re-ignite their interest in Derby midfielder Giles Barnes, who is available for £3.5m. (The Times)

  • Manchester United and Aston Villa have been told by Porto that right-back Jose Bosingwa would cost £20m. (The Times)
OTHER GOSSIP
  • Tottenham have told Jermain Defoe to sign a new contract with the club or leave this month. (Telegraph)

  • Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will leave the club at the end of the season, when his contract ends. (Star)
AND FINALLY...
  • West Ham defender Matthew Upson is using torn-up phone book pages to solve his persistent injury problems. The centre-back was advised to stuff them into his boots - and he is so impressed he is stuffing them in his regular shoes, trainers and even his flip-flops as well. (The Sun)
























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