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Rumours on Wednesday 3rd December

last updated Wednesday 03rd December 2008, 8:13 AM

Latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Manchester City are determined to spend £70m to sign a "world superstar" in the January transfer window with Kaka, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres, Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Samual Eto'o all in the frame. (Independent)

  • Manchester City and Chelsea are leading the race to sign 26-year-old Valencia striker David Villa. (Mirror)

  • Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz wants a move to Manchester City in January. Rovers turned down a £12m bid from City in the summer, but are prepared to up their offer to £15m, with defender Nedum Onuoha thrown in. (Daily Mail)

  • City boss Mark Hughes is also contemplating a £6m bid for Italy's World Cup winning left-back Fabio Grosso, 31, from Lyon. (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will make a £3m move for Portsmouth keeper David James in the January transfer window. (Mirror)

  • Meanwhile, Newcastle's Shay Given insists he has no plans to join Spurs as a replacement for under-fire keeper Heurelho Gomes. (Various)

  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any big money signings in the transfer window. (Guardian)

  • Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger is a target for AC Milan after new pay talks stalled. (Various)

  • Wigan boss Steve Bruce is ready to bring Marlon King back from a season-long loan deal at Hull if Emile Heskey joins Aston Villa in the transfer window. (Mirror)

  • Meanwhile, Bruce has been told there will be no money to spend in the January transfer window unless he sells first. (Sun)

  • But the fact that Villa, Liverpool and Manchester United are eyeing £7m-rated winger Antonio Valencia could be good news for the Wigan boss. (Mirror)

  • Spanish giants Barcelona are ready to hijack Portsmouth's bid to permanently sign on-loan defender Nadir Belhadj for £3.5m from Lens. (Mirror)

  • Birmingham boss Alex McLeish will pay £1m to lure Lee Bowyer from West Ham. (Various)

  • Newcastle and Sunderland are set to fight for Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton. (Sun)
  • Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho has admitted he came close to joining Manchester City in the summer, before leaving Barcelona for AC Milan. (Times)

  • Former England coach and Arsenal boss Don Howe has come out of retirement at the age of 73 to help Ipswich. (Various)
  • Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he used to hate Manchester United before his £29.1m move to Old Trafford. "I couldn't stand United when I was 21 because they used to win everything," he said. "I said I'd never go there." (Mirror)

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