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As we approach the January silly season window, I thought it would be good to keep things nice and tidy in one thread.

Please use this to post Transfer gossip in the January transfer window.

Fanks!

Zola Hints He Wants Juventus Star Giovinco At West Ham
http://www.goal.com/en/news/735/west-ham/2008/12/01/990770/zola-hints-he-wants-juventus-star-giovinco-at-west-ham


Contrary to reports over the weekend, there are now suggestions the Hammers boss does indeed have his eye on Juve's prodical son.

Sebastian Giovinco has risen to prominence over the past 18 months and is now considered one of the best young talents in European football. Having loaned him out to Empoli last season, his club, Juventus, continue to treat the playmaker with kid gloves and are not over-exposing him to first team football.

However, this softly-softly approach does not play well with Sebastian himself, who has hinted in none-too-subtle terms that he may be willing to go elsewhere to gain a starting place in a line-up.

There have long been rumours suggesting the 21-year-old could be lured to the likes of Arsenal, with Juventus sporting director Alessio Secco thought to be eager to cash in on the youngster's talents in order to restrengthen a squad still feeling the effects of Calciopoli, a scandal that saw the club lose a whole host of world class players.

Despite the cooling of those rumours, there is still talk of a potential loan in the press, though the club remain adamant that their starlet will be going nowhere.

Since Gianfranco Zola's appointment as West Ham United boss, the east London club have been linked with a number of Italians, including Giovinco, whom Zola coached for the Italy Under-21s.

Over the weekend, Zola was quoted as saying that though he admires the player, he realises that Juventus would not put themselves in a position to let him leave. However, The Mirror have quoted him as saying, "He's one of those players who can change a game. So I might be interested."

-- Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com

- This kid is great and is the only Juve player I'd want at Man Utd.
I say let him go to West Ham and if he plays well against Man Utd, Fergie can cnap him up in the summer
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Mijatovic Makes Huntelaar A Priority
http://www.goal.com/en/news/1705/real-madrid/2008/12/01/990720/mijatovic-makes-huntelaar-a-priority

The Madrid director has set his sights on signing the Dutch striker, but it will not be easy as Ajax are not keen to see their main asset leave in the winter transfer window.

Predrag Mijatovic is prepared to remain patient in his quest to prise Klaas-Jan Huntelaar away from Ajax despite pressure mounting for news of a new signing to be made.

Los Merengues' sporting director believes that the Dutch goalscorer is the player the club needs to replace Ruud van Nistelrooy and has told the board that all other options can wait.

Ajax are insisting that the 25-year-old will not leave in the winter transfer window and even in the summer they will look to ensure that they receive the huge valuation they have of Huntelaar.

Madrid's insistence on focussing on one player in the summer caused their planning to be unbalanced as they chased Cristiano Ronaldo and Mijaotvic will have to be careful the same does not happen again.

Huntelaar has stated that he would welcome a move to Spain, while his compatriots at Madrid, including Wesley Sneijder, have said the club should do all they can to sign him. Furthermore, he will be eligible to take part in the Champions League.

The Spanish giants were keen to add to their forward line before Van Nistelrooy was ruled out for the season, but his absence has made the need to a new player a priority.

President Ramón Calderón has stated that he will sign 'two Higuaíns', in reference to the arrival of Gonzalo in the winter transfer window at the start of 2007.

Getafe supremo Ãngel Torres warned his counterpart at the Bernbabéu this weekend that importing a striker in January has its risks because they will need time to adapt while Madrid want someone to perform straight away.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com


Whelan hints at Heskey sale

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4574804,00.html


Striker could be sold in January



Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has indicated he could sell Emile Heskey in January rather than risk losing him for nothing.

Heskey's current contract at the JJB Stadium expires at the end of the season and he could leave on a free transfer.

Wigan are keen to keep the England international, but the player insists he is no rush to make a decision on his future.

Former club Liverpool, along with Aston Villa and Tottenham, are rumoured to be waiting in the wings to sign the 30-year-old if he becomes available.

Whelan insists he does not want to lose Heskey for nothing and could sell him when the transfer window reopens in January if he fails to agree a new deal.

"Emile is out of contract in the summer, but he doesn't want to sign a new one at the moment," said Whelan.

"It could cost us two, three or four million if that goes on to next summer, so we'll have to see what January brings."
 

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Capel could consider offers
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11827_4575222,00.html

Sevilla youngster linked with cash-fuelled City



Sevilla winger Diego Capel has hinted that he could consider a move away from the Primera Division club.

Tottenham Hotspur were linked with an approach for the left-sided player in the summer but a transfer failed to materialise.

Recent reports emanating from Spain suggest Manchester City are interested in the 20-year-old, with his valuation said to be €15million (£12.6m).

The Spain international is content at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but concedes he would study a tempting offer from abroad.

Capel said: "I am happy at Sevilla but if a good offer arrives from abroad then I need to study the details."
 

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Rumour has it Oscar likes Albion
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,7555_4580041,00.html

Real Mallorca striker Oscar Trejo wants to hold talks with West Brom over a possible January move to the Premier League's bottom club.



The Argentinian was amongst Baggies boss Tony Mowbray's summer transfer targets but any hopes of a deal floundered when Mallorca slapped a £4million-plus fee on the 20-year-old.

Mowbray is aware of the need to bring in more firepower after Albion netted just 12 goals in the opening 16 league games of the season.

Trejo's agent Martan Paledes said: "There is a possibility to move Trejo but we need to think carefully about it and find out exactly what West Brom want to do.

"We are waiting for a meeting with West Brom and we will see what they want. Mallorca want the player and West Brom want him, so we will have to try to help both and help the player.

"We are very interested in taking him to the Premier League and to West Brom. We have good relations and we will try to help them."

Mowbray has admitted he will have to sell to fund any January signings and indicated last week that loans were the more likely option.

And he conceded any players who move to the Hawthorns next month have to be ready to make their mark in the battle to stay in the top flight.

He said: "Trejo hasn't played a lot of football for Mallorca this year and we need players who can come in and make an impact.

"When Trejo was on the radar last year it was a case of trying to build up a squad.

"He was a young player and I wasn't thinking he was going to knock the Premier League over and score 20 goals.

"He is a talented boy who plays in an area of the pitch that I thought would have helped our team."
 

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Mourinho Won`t Block Adriano Exit

http://football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_4681828,00.html


Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he would not stand in Adriano's way if the striker asked to leave the San Siro.

The Brazilian frontman has been plagued by personal problems during the last two seasons it appears that his manager is now willing to let him go if he wants to.

After Inter signed the player in 2001/02 he enjoyed successful spells on loan at Fiorentina and most noticeably with Parma.

The Serie A champions responded by signing the 26-year-old to a four-year contract but after an explosive 2004/05, which yielded 28 goals in all competitions, Adriano has come in for criticism for his erratic lifestyle.

With just 29 goals in the last three-and-a-half seasons it now seems that Adriano is surplus to requirements at Inter.

"Club president Massimo Moratti and I want him to stay. However, if he asked me to leave I would not oppose it," explained Mourinho.

"He has 10 years of football left to play."
 

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are lining up a move for £20m-rated Russian forward Andrei Arshavin. (Daily Mirror)


But defender Kolo Toure could be on his way out of Arsenal, with Manchester City preparing a £10m deal for the defender. (The Sun)

Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner has rejected a move to Russian outfit Spartak Moscow. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are battling it out with Chelsea for £20m-rated Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel. (Daily Telegraph)

Real Madrid have offered Wigan £14m for winger Antonio Valencia. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham will offer Middlesbrough £15m for winger Stewart Downing. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough themselves are hoping to land Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson for £1.5m. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City look set to offload trio Elano, Tal Ben Haim and Jo in January. (Daily Mirror)

Eastlands boss Mark Hughes will be given £40m to spend in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)

Hughes is lining up a number of players, including Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz, West Ham's Craig Bellamy, Chelsea's Wayne Bridge and Villarreal's Marcos Senna. (Daily Mail)

But new Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce will block Santa Cruz from leaving Ewood Park in January. (The Sun)

And West Ham have placed a £12m price tag on striker Bellamy, with Tottenham, Aston Villa and Celtic all interested in the Welshman. (Daily Mirror)

However, Hull defender Michael Turner will snub an £8m switch to Manchester City in January. (Daily Star)

West Ham defender Matthew Upson fears he could be sold as the club battle for financial survival. (The Sun)

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is hoping to sign former team-mate Edu as a replacement for midfielder Lassana Diarra. (The Sun)

Adams will also use the £20m the club received from Real Madrid for Diarra to land Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil and Fulham's Jimmy Bullard. (Daily Star)

Newcastle striker Michael Owen looks set to leave St James' Park on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Various)

Newcastle utility player Charles N'Zogbia is set to stay at the club, despite being linked with a January move to Paris St Germain. (The Sun)

Hull are planning a £2m raid for Egypt striker Hosni Abd-Rabou. (The Sun)

Liverpool striker Robbie Keane has denied claims that he is poised to quit Anfield. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is a £3m target for Celtic. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce hopes to raid former club Bolton and land midfielder Kevin Nolan. (Daily Telegraph)

Sunderland winger Kieran Richardson is a £6m target for Bolton. (Daily Telegraph)

Bolton hope keeper Ali Al-Habsi will sign a new contract this week to stave off interest from Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Wigan and West Brom are battling it out to sign Doncaster midfielder Brian Stock. (The Sun)

Stoke City will offer Cardiff City £7m for winger Joe Ledley in January. (Daily Telegraph)

Cardiff City defender Roger Johnson is attracting the interest of Everton, Stoke City, Tottenham, and Bolton. (The Times)

FC Twente winger Eljero Elia is a target for Everton manager David Moyes. (Daily Telegraph)
 

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EPL, La Liga Or Serie A For Arshavin

Andrei Arshavin's representative Dennis Lachter has told Goal.com that the Zenit St Petersburg star will decide his future in the New Year, with either Serie A, the Premier League or La Primera Division being his next destination.

Arshavin was the star of Euro 2008 for Russia and his consistent performances for both club and country have seen him become a top target for may of Europe's top sides.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Juventus have all shown an interest, but it is still unknown as to where he will end up.

Lachter has revealed that it will be one of the three top leagues in Europe, but he doesn't exactly know which side will win the race for the player's signature.

"We have not verified the situation just yet, but we know that there are several clubs in Spain, England and Italy who are all interested in Arshavin," Lachter told Goal.com.

"I don't want to comment on which clubs are interested because there has been plenty of speculation regarding the situation.

"The final match for Zenit in the Champions League could be his final accord with the club and this is significant for Andrei. He has won two titles in Europe as well as bronze in the Euros.

"He played really well against Real Madrid and he was man of the match, but I don't think it's right to comment about whether he will go.

"The key leagues for the player are the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.

"I don't think it's the right way to promote the player by speculating about where he could end up, but we will have a clearer idea around the middle of December when the interested clubs decide to come forward if they are serious.

"It will be clearer in around a few weeks when the Champions League and UEFA Cup takes a break, and it will be much easier to understand where he will be going."

Reports around the continent have been rife with speculation regarding a move to Real Madrid, but it is still unknown as to where the star will ply his trade.

Arshavin is bound to move to one of the big three leagues, and it may be a battle between the highest bidders come January.

--Salvatore Landolina and Daniele Perticari, Goal.com
 

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Spurs To Offer £5million For Villa Target N'Zogbia?

http://www.premiershiplatest.com/news/spurs-offer-5million-villa-target-nzogbi-5516424.html



Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to offer Newcastle United £5million for want-away Magpie Charles N’Zogbia, who is also a target for Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

22-year-old N’Zogbia is keen on a move away from St James’ Park, with the left-sided player frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities under Toon boss Joe Kinnear and has revealed that he wishes to leave Newcastle in order to find a new challenge at a new club in the New Year.

“After four years at Newcastle, I want to reach a higher level of ambition,” he told L'Equipe.

“I have given my all to the club, but I would like to reach a new level by finding a new challenge at a new side.”

N’Zogbia joined Newcastle from French side Le Havre in 2004, but now looks certain to leave the Premiership side in January, with Villans manager martin O’Neill understood to be eager to lure the French Under-21 International to Villa Park.

However, latest reports suggest that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is set to offer £5million for N’Zogbia as a solution to Tottenham’s problems on the left at White Hart Lane, with the former Portsmouth manager understood to be unsure about Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left-back and having to play Aaron Lennon out of position on the left wing for Spurs.
 

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ARSHAVIN ON ARSENAL`S RADAR
http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_4720698,00.html



Andrei Arshavin's agent has revealed his client remains a New Year transfer target for Arsenal.

The Russia playmaker, currently on the books of Zenit St Petersburg, has been told he is free to move on during the January transfer window should a suitable approach for his services be lodged.

His availability has alerted a number of Europe's top clubs, with the 27-year-old widely regarded as one of the continent's top talents.

Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked with the midfielder, and are unlikely to be put off by a reported £12million price tag.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already confirmed he is in the market for creativity, with the club keen to find cover for the injured Cesc Fabregas.

And agent Dennis Lachter told the Daily Mirror: "We know that Arsene Wenger likes the look of Arshavin.

"But I like the look of Angelina Jolie and it doesn't always mean you get what you want.

"Arsenal were interested in signing him last summer and they still are, so we will wait and see what happens.

"There has been a lot of interest in him this time as well from England, Spain and Italy."


Heskey future hanging in the balance
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4720645,00.html

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has admitted Emile Heskey's future is 'hanging in the balance' with Liverpool said to be lining up a £4million bid.



Heskey is out of contract at the end of the season and it is highly unlikely he will sign a new deal to keep him at the JJB Stadium beyond that.

Wigan boss Steve Bruce would prefer to keep the 30-year-old for now but Whelan has now admitted the club will not stand in Heskey's way if he wants to move on in January.

Liverpool are reported to be preparing a £4million offer to take the striker back to Anfield and Latics have already moved to find a replacement, with Columbian hitman Hugo Rodallega Martinez set to seal a £4.5million move to England.

"Everybody knows Emile Heskey's future hangs in the balance right now ahead of the transfer window opening on Thursday," said Whelan in the Wigan Evening Post.

"Emile is out of contract at the end of the season, but there have been no approaches for him.

"If Emile eventually moves on, we naturally have to find a quality replacement.

"We totally respect Emile and it all depends on what he wants to do.

"I honestly feel this could be his last career move, but obviously we would love to see him stay at Wigan."


No Real offer for Valencia yet
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4721109,00.html

Antonio Valencia's agent claims he has not had any contact with Real Madrid but admits the Wigan winger would love a move to The Bernabeu.



Speculation has been rife that the Spanish champions are set to table a 17million euro (£16.6 million) bid for Valencia, with reports suggesting they have already opened discussions with Wigan.

Diego Herrera remained coy about his client's future but hinted the Ecuador international could be off as early as next week.

"It would be a dream for Antonio to move to Real Madrid: a very beautiful opportunity," he told AS. "But until there is something official I don't want to say anything.

"They haven't said anything to me.

"When there is an official announcement from someone with authority at Madrid, called (Pedro) Mijatovic or (Carlos) Bucero, telling us of an offer, then we will talk.

"I have understood that Madrid want to close the signing that they are chasing during the first week of January.

"We will see what will happen in the next few days."

Real have already made two signings ahead of the January transfer window, bringing in Lassana Diarra and Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

However, the club are currently at loggerheads with UEFA over the regulation that states that only one player who has already played in Europe this season can be registered for the Champions League.

Diarra and Huntelaar were both involved in the UEFA Cup with former clubs Portsmouth and Ajax.

The signing of Valencia would pose no such problems.

Herrera's colleague insists the 23-year-old is only focusing on Wigan at the moment, altough he too revealed there would be concrete news shortly.

"Next week it will be known if Antonio will finally become a Real Madrid player," Pedro Romero said.

"Valencia doesn't want to say anything because people could misunderstand his words.

"Moreover, he wants to concentrate solely on his team, Wigan, and put to one side all the rumours about his transfer."

Valencia moved to Wigan initially on a season-long loan deal in 2006, which was then extended into the following season before the Premier League club shelled out an undisclosed fee for the former Villarreal player.
 

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has hinted that his future may not be at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)


Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari is lining up a £10m bid for Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham have turned down a £12m offer from Tottenham for striker Craig Bellamy. (The Sun)

The Hammers have told Manchester City that they want £20m for Bellamy and midfielder Scott Parker. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are preparing a £4m bid for Wigan and England forward Emile Heskey. (The Sun)

Chelsea are also keen on Heskey, whose Wigan contract ends in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Wigan themselves are interested in Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant. (The Times)

Pennant's arrival at the JJB Stadium could signal the departure of midfielder Luis Antonio Valencia to Real Madrid. (The Times)

Tottenham are also keen on out-of-favour Pennant. (Daily Express)

Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes is wanted back by his old club PSV Eindhoven. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth's Jermain Defoe also wants a return to his former club, with Tottenham keen to bring the striker back to White Hart Lane. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are preparing a £8m bid for Newcastle keeper Shay Given. (Daily Express)

But Tottenham also want Given and could offer Gareth Bale as part of the deal. (Daily Express)

Spurs could also move for Manchester United keeper Ben Foster, who is now third choice at Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph)

Newcastle will move for Sheffield United's out-of-favour keeper Paddy Kenny if Given leaves. (Various)

But Newcastle winger Charles N'Zogbia is being lined up by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. (Daily Telegraph)

Wenger has vowed to defy the credit crunch and spend in January, with Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin still high on his priority list. (Daily Mirror)

Everton manager David Moyes is keen on Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini. (The Sun)

Fulham face a three-way fight from Marseille, Paris St Germain and Borussia Monchengladbach for Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu. (The Sun)

Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has recommended former team-mate Stewart Downing to Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has urged fellow frontman Roque Santa Cruz to resist a January move to Manchester City. (Various)

Manchester City forward Daniel Sturridge is close to signing a new contract at Eastlands. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea striker Florent Malouda is being linked to a move with Bayern Munich. (Daily Telegraph)

West Brom have made an offer for Paris St Germain striker Peguy Luyindula. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton manager Gary Megson is lining up West Ham defender Calum Davenport. (The Sun)

Everton have warned Manchester City off midfielder Mikel Arteta and defender Joleon Lescott. (Guardian)

Sunderland striker Michael Chopra looks as if he will stay at the Stadium of Light until the end of the season. (The Independent)
 

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Chelsea confirm part-time footballer Wayne Bridge can speak to Hughes

Bridge set for City talks
Chelsea confirm defender can speak to Hughes
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4732832,00.html

Chelsea have confirmed that Wayne Bridge has been given permission to hold talks with Manchester City over a proposed £12million move.



Sky Sports revealed on Thursday night that the two clubs were already holding discussions over the England international.

Bridge has found his opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge and has been forced to act as an understudy to first-choice left-back Ashley Cole.

City boss Mark Hughes is backed by the financial muscle of the Abu Dhabi United Group and has been linked with a host of signings in the winter transfer window.

Hughes is keen to bring up to five new players to Eastlands and confirmed to Sky Sports News on Thursday that he was eager to complete much of his business as quickly as possible.

The proposed arrival of Bridge would bolster a defence which has leaked 30 goals so far this season, with City only two points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Former Southampton player Bridge moved to Stamford Bridge in July 2003 in a £7million deal.
 

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Marcos Senna snubbed City!

The guy is not only one of the best defensive mids in the world, he is also of sound mind.

Senna snubs City
Spain midfielder turns down City approach
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11827_4732294,00.html



Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna has turned down an approach from Manchester City, according to the player's agent.

Speculation has persistently linked City with a big-money move for the Spain international as Mark Hughes looks to improve his squad in the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old, who impressed as his country won Euro 2008 last summer, recently claimed he was unaware of any interest from the Premier League club and that he was happy at El Madrigal.

However, Senna's representative - Ely Coimbra - claims City have made enquiries as they weigh up a potential bid.

But Coimbra also insists the Eastlands outfit were swiftly snubbed, telling The Guardian: "Manchester City asked us if we were interested in a move to the Premier League and we said, 'no thank you'.

"Villarreal and I have a good relationship and we want to maintain that."
 

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INTER, Mourinho: "We are not interested in Owen"



In a long interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter trainer Jose Mourinho talked about the possible transfers concerning his team's offensive line: "As far as I am concerned, Adriano will regularly be with us today. If he works hard, he could already play against Cagliari. I still think that changing club would be the best solution for him, but Inter come before individual players, and who could replace him at the moment? Milito? Every Serie A coach would like to have him, but I think Genoa don't want to lose him. Owen? I never thought about him. He has suffered too many injuries over the years, he is not the player that we used to know. Drogba? I never denied the fact that I admire him, but I think he will remain in London and renew with Chelsea. Do I think that Mario Balotelli should leave ? Absolutely not. Inter are like a family. I would like to help Mario become a top player, but he should understand why some players become stars while others do not".

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Tottenham put Giovani Dos Santos up for sale



According to a report in The Times this morning, Harry Redknapp has put Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos up for sale.

His original deal saw Tottenham buy him for £4.7 million outright which could have risen to £8.6 million based on performances.

Given his lack of playing time so far those additional performance fees are unlikely to get paid.


Especially considering Redknapp's indifferent attitude towards "flair" players.

Incidentally Barcelona have also apparently placed a sell on clause in Dos Santos' original contract.

So if Dos Santos does move they'll get 20% of the fee within two years & 10% after that. So I guess they're the big winners.
 

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Andre-Pierre Gignac

With 12 goals to his name so far in the top French league, Andre-Pierre Gignac leads the way and is attracting attention.

Prior to this season the 23 year old Gignac has had spells at Lorient & Pau FC where he first showed his potential.

His spell at Lorient was nothing out of the ordinary scoring 11 goals in 51 appearances over two seasons.

However during his time at Lorient he went on loan to Pau FC where his 8 goals in 18 games caught the eye.


Toulouse pounced however his first season with le Téfécé was forgettable as their coach played with a lone striker.

Gignac was mainly a substitute however with the arrival of a new coach things have changed.

Gignac has cemented himself a place in the first team. Now he leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 12 goals.

2 more than Karim Benzema. I'm not suggesting him for United but I thought you'd like a video anyway. :)

 

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Andre-Pierre Gignac

With 12 goals to his name so far in the top French league, Andre-Pierre Gignac leads the way and is attracting attention.

Prior to this season the 23 year old Gignac has had spells at Lorient & Pau FC where he first showed his potential.

His spell at Lorient was nothing out of the ordinary scoring 11 goals in 51 appearances over two seasons.

However during his time at Lorient he went on loan to Pau FC where his 8 goals in 18 games caught the eye.


Toulouse pounced however his first season with le Téfécé was forgettable as their coach played with a lone striker.

Gignac was mainly a substitute however with the arrival of a new coach things have changed.

Gignac has cemented himself a place in the first team. Now he leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 12 goals.

2 more than Karim Benzema. I'm not suggesting him for United but I thought you'd like a video anyway. :)


thanks for that.

The guy is big, strong and a goal-poacher. He seems to be at the right place at the right time.

He'll probably play in the prem soon. He'll have to repeat his form again next season though. Same as Ibisevic in the Bundesliga. History is littered with one season wonders.
 
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2 January 2009


Tommy Black [unattached - Barnet]
Gary Borrowdale [Coventry - QPR] Undisclosed
Scott Brown [Cheltenham - Port Vale] Free
Adam Chapman [Sheffield United - Oxford] Loan
Drissa Diallo [Cheltenham - Milton Keynes Dons] Free
Heidar Helguson [Bolton - QPR] Undisclosed
Geoff Horsfield [unattached - Lincoln]
Shane Killock [Huddersfield - Oxford] Loan
Adem Ljajic [Partizan Belgrade - Man Utd] Undisclosed
Adem Ljajic [Man Utd - Partizan Belgrade] Season-long loan
Lee Molyneux [Everton - Southampton] Free
Mark Molesley [Grays - Bournemouth] Free
T J Moncur [Fulham - Wycombe] Free
Eddie Nolan [Blackburn - Preston] Undisclosed
Chris O'Grady [Oldham - Bradford] Loan
Tristan Plummer [Bristol City - Torquay] Loan
Wayne Routledge [Aston Villa - QPR] Undisclosed
Andy Sandell [Salisbury - Aldershot] Undisclosed
Ryan Smith [Millwall - Southampton] Free
Peter Styvar [MSK Zilina - Bristol City] Undisclosed
Grzegorz Szamotulski [FC Ashdod - Hibernian] Free
Marc Tierney [Shrewsbury - Colchester] Undisclosed
Toran Tosic [Partizan Belgrade - Man Utd] Undisclosed
Joe Widdowson [West Ham - Grimsby] Loan
Sam Williamson [Man City - Wrexham] Free
Dave Winfield [Aldershot - Salisbury] Loan

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Teenage sensation Walcott could leave for £400,000

We take a look around the papers for news from Arsenal, Liverpool Everton, Southampton, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and West Ham United.

DAILY EXPRESS: Arsenal risk losing teenage sensation Theo Walcott for less than £400,000 while they drag their feet over his new contract. Also: Liverpool will face neighbours Everton twice inside a week - with Steven Gerrard's court case sandwiched in between - after yesterday's FA Cup draw.


DAILY STAR: Southampton boss Jan Poortvliet last night laid into referee Mike Riley, claiming he handed Manchester United their ticket into the FA Cup fourth round on a plate. Also: Liverpool face neighbours Everton twice inside a massive week on Merseyside after they were paired in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

THE SUN: FA Cup underdogs Southampton and Gillingham were seething after claiming they were KO'd by a series of refereeing blunders. Also: Pascal Chimbonda is in line for a shock return to Tottenham.


DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool landed a tasty tie with Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup fourth round draw yesterday. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson watched his side set up an FA Cup revenge mission against Harry Redknapp but claimed: "If we don't get the luck this time, we're finished.''

DAILY MAIL: Jermain Defoe was closing in on a return from Portsmouth to Tottenham last night as the clubs thrashed out a fee close to £15 million. Also: Manchester City will bid to keep a developing sense of crisis at bay this week by allowing Mark Hughes to reshape his team with a series of signings in time for their next fixture at Portsmouth.

THE GUARDIAN: Manchester City confidently expect to conclude another £30m worth of transfer business this week, and possibly within 48 hours, after responding to their FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest by lodging bids for Scott Parker of West Ham United and, as widely foreshadowed, their long-time target Roque Santa Cruz of Blackburn Rovers. Also: England's coach Peter Moores appears to have lost his power struggle with the captain Kevin Pietersen and is likely to leave the job before the end of the week.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Mark Hughes has told Manchester City's billionaire owners he needs at least three transfer windows to turn the club into a Premier League force, not just one January spending spree.

THE INDEPENDENT: Manchester City have responded to their disastrous FA Cup third-round defeat to Nottingham Forest in the fashion expected of the richest club in the world: by raising to £20m their bid for the West Ham pair of Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker. Also: The week starting 19 January promises to be an interesting one for a certain Steven Gerrard both on and off the football field.

THE TIMES: Liverpool will face Everton in a repeat of the 1989 FA Cup final just weeks before the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Also: Hugh Morris would rather hand out a peace charter than a P45, but the England managing director may be forced to act against character before the week is out to end the relationship between Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen.


Boro braced for Downing request
http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,2483_4746575,00.html

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has hit out at the transfer window as he braces himself for the transfer request of winger Stewart Downing.



It is understood the 24-year-old will ask to leave the Riverside Stadium on Monday following strong interest from Tottenham.

Boro chief executive Keith Lamb has already dismissed a bid - thought to be in the region of £6million - from the White Hart Lane outfit as "derisory", while Southgate has repeatedly insisted the England international is simply not for sale.

However, Downing's decision to submit a transfer request could force their hand with Southgate admitting there is no point hanging on to players who do not want to be there.

On Sunday Southgate claimed Downing has remained unaffected by speculation over his future after his starring role in the FA Cup victory over Barrow.

The Boro boss said: "Stewart played in the middle of the park for us on Monday night (at Manchester United) and I think it has given him something else to focus on. It has given him a freshness and I think it gave us a bit more creativity."

Southgate is under no pressure to sell, although he had made no secret of the fact that he will have to raise his own funds if he wants to buy this month.

Boro value Downing at closer to the £15million mark but it remains to be seen whether or not Spurs, who have been admirers for several years, are prepared to go to anywhere near what would be a record transfer fee received by the Teessiders.

Southgate went on to reveal he is no fan of the transfer window, and it is no surprise given his lack of funds and the constant speculation over futures of the likes of Downing and Turkish striker Tuncay Sanli.

He added: "I think it's a bit of a nonsense the way it is. It's a distraction for the players - that's the issue. Agents are in the game to make money and they don't make money unless players sign new contracts or move."

Downing signed a new five-year contract on February last year, but it is understood he has become increasingly unsettled in recent months and is now ready to test himself away from the club where he has become the highest-profile graduate of a productive academy.

The local boy has won 21 senior England caps to date, the last of them in the 2-1 win over Germany in Berlin in November, a game which earned him impressive reviews.
 

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are closing in on Portsmouth's Jermain Defoe, with Spurs set to pay £15m for the England striker. (Various)


Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also hoping to secure the services of Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda on loan. (The Sun)

Chimbonda had been expected to move from Sunderland to Lyon but that deal is now off, according to the player's agent. (Daily Star)

Redknapp has also made an enquiry for West Ham and England centre-back Matthew Upson, who is rated at £12m. (Daily Mirror)

But Tottenham and Redknapp have had a £12m bid for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing turned down. (Daily Mirror)

Middlesbrough will target Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt if they lose Downing to Tottenham. (Daily Mail)

Carlos Tevez has reiterated his desire to stay at Manchester United, despite weekend speculation linking the striker with a move away from Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Newcastle are hoping to offload Spanish flops Xisco and Jose Enrique as well as Alan Smith and Charles N'Zogbia. (The Sun)

Arsenal could lose forward Theo Walcott on the cheap after dragging their feet over a new contract. (Daily Express)

Stoke are keen on out-of-favour Wigan striker Henri Camara. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel is ready to quit the club after falling down the pecking order at Eastlands. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are monitoring Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic, who is also wanted by Everton. (Daily Mail)

Fulham and Hull are battling it out for Sheffield United striker James Beattie. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have revived their bid for Arsenal defender Kolo Toure. (Daily Mail)

Deals are also expected to be completed for West Ham's Scott Parker and Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz. (Daily Mail)

City boss Mark Hughes will also launch an improved bid for West Ham striker Craig Bellamy. (Daily Express)

Rangers have denied that Newcastle have made an offer for captain Barry Ferguson. (Daily Express)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, who has been linked to Portsmouth and West Ham, insists he is not interested in a big-money move to the English Premier League. (Daily Record)

Sunderland are set to beat Portsmouth and Blackburn to the signature of Marseille midfielder Modeste M'bami. (The Sun)

Southampton midfielder Andrew Surman is wanted by Championship rivals Reading and Wolves. (The Sun)

Wolves are preparing to launch a bid for Bristol City midfielder Marvin Elliot. (Daily Mirror)

New Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is set to raid former club Derby for keeper Stephen Bywater. (Daily Mirror)
 

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Capel could consider offers
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11827_4575222,00.html

Sevilla youngster linked with cash-fuelled City



Sevilla winger Diego Capel has hinted that he could consider a move away from the Primera Division club.

Tottenham Hotspur were linked with an approach for the left-sided player in the summer but a transfer failed to materialise.

Recent reports emanating from Spain suggest Manchester City are interested in the 20-year-old, with his valuation said to be €15million (£12.6m).

The Spain international is content at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but concedes he would study a tempting offer from abroad.

Capel said: "I am happy at Sevilla but if a good offer arrives from abroad then I need to study the details."
I like this wide guy !! I watched him in several matches and i'm totally impressed with whhat he do on the pitch....
 

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I like this wide guy !! I watched him in several matches and i'm totally impressed with whhat he do on the pitch....
Totally agree.

Diego Capel is a very capable player and I wouldn't mind him in a United shirt, but with Tosic AND Nani on our books, this deal is a non-starter.


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Appiah training at Spurs

African ace pitches up at White Hart Lane
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4750139,00.html



Stephen Appiah is training at Tottenham in a bid to catch Harry Redknapp's eye, skysports.com understands.

The talented Ghanaian has been without a club since leaving Turkish giants Fenerbahce in August but has now pitched up in North London.

Redknapp was keen to bring Appiah to Portsmouth during his time at Fratton Park but could now give the green light for a switch to Spurs should the player impress over the next week.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been linked with a number of teams across Europe, with Juventus, Portsmouth and Schalke all known to be admirers.

Appiah's free agent status makes him an attractive proposition for a number of sides in the January transfer window and it is expected other parties could express an interest in him before the close of the month.


Downing slaps in request

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4748862,00.html

Boro winger wants Spurs move

Sky Sports News understands that England winger Stewart Downing has handed in his transfer request.

The Middlesbrough-born wide man has told his hometown club that he wants to leave, with Tottenham trying to broker a deal for his services.

Spurs had a bid of £6million rejected over the weekend, although Sky Sports understands they have made a revised offer of over £10million.

Boro chief Steve Gibson insists that he will not be selling any of his big names in January - but with the player now confirming he wants to leave, it remains to be seen whether he will get his wish or not.

The Teesside club set a precedent with their current squad in the summer when they allowed the then unsettled Luke Young to quit the club for Aston Villa - which they had not initially planned to do.

Now Downing, along with Gary O'Neil and Mido, are testing Gibson's resolve further as all seek moves away from Teesside.

Promises

Downing's father, Stewart senior, also revealed the reasoning behind his son's decision to ask for a move - claiming the club have failed to keep their promises.

"Stewart's been frustrated since the summer, really," he said.

"When he signed his new contract he was assured that there would be significant investment in the squad.

"He feels that the club haven't matched those expectations. He's also frustrated that the team is once again struggling in the Premier League.

"Obviously as a Middlesbrough lad he's thought long and hard about the decision to hand in a transfer request and he also hopes the fans will understand his reasons for doing so."
 
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