Christmas gossip column - transfers and rumours

 

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Cristiano Ronaldo tells former Manchester United team-mates he wants to return to Old Trafford and Real Madrid officials have already discussed a transfer fee they would accept - around £122m.

Full story: The Sun 

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp fears transfer target Nicolas Anelka, 33, could be out of the London club's price range. Redknapp wants to sign the Shanghai Shenhua forward in January.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Does Cristiano Ronaldo want an Old Trafford return? He left Man Utd for Real Madrid in 2009 for £80m

Full story: talkSPORT 

Meanwhile, QPR attacking midfielder Adel Taarabt has revealed his agent is in talks with AC Milan over a possible January move, although he admits he would only be going there to engineer a transfer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Full story: Metro 

Fulham boss Martin Jol has moved to reinforce his defence by agreeing a cut-price £800,000 deal for Standard Liege's Turkey keeper Sinan Bolat, 24.

Full story: Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch) 

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is lining up a January move for Brighton winger Will Buckley, 24.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 19, says he wants to stay at West Bromwich Albion until at least the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Express 

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to sign Welsh striker Steve Morison, 29, from his former club Norwich.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Brazilian midfielder Denilson, 24, has said he does not know what his future holds at Arsenal once his loan deal with Sao Paulo expires at the end of the season.

Full story: Globo Esporte (in Portuguese) 

Tottenham will offer American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, 41, a new contract to stop him returning to Blackburn Rovers.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips, 39, has told his Blackpool team-mate Tom Ince, 20, to wait before making a transfer back to the Premier League as he must not risk missing out on playing regular first-team football. The England Under-21 international winger has been linked with a £4m return to Liverpool.

Full story: Blackpool Gazette 

Celtic will battle with Premier League duo West Ham United and Norwich City to sign Kilmarnock's 22-year-old midfielder Liam Kelly.

Full story: Daily Mail 

OTHER GOSSIP

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott could leave Arsenal for free in the summer when his contract expires

Jack Wilshere has revealed he is pestering team-mate Theo Walcott to end speculation surrounding his Arsenal future and commit to the club by signing a new contract.

Full story: Metro 

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says his Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert has been courageous to drop striker Darren Bent, 28, in the face of criticism from some supporters.

Full story: talkSPORT 

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has banned full-contact training at West Ham over Christmas to try to avoid any more injuries at the club.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Reading's Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, 29, looks set for talks with the club's owners to discuss his future.

Full story: Daily Star 

AND FINALLY

What do you buy the kids of Hollywood A-listers who have everything? Liverpool kits of course! Well at least that's what silver-screen royalty Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt did for their brood of six children, when they recently raided the Reds club shop for shirts, mugs, tracksuits and caps.

Full story: Metro