Lots of rumoured transfer cross-pollination in today’s batch of rumours.
Arsenal’s Lassana Diarra told Arsene Wenger that he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play against Spurs in the Carling Cup, and now Man City look to be at the front of the queue for the unstable midfielder. (Guardian)
…Midfielder Gilberto Silva will deal with the disappointment of not being able to dislodge Flamini from the Arsenal midfield by exhibiting a very British stiff upper lip, and staying to fight for his place. (various)
S’Alex Ferguson is ready to flash the cash and is rusting up a £12m bid Ajax striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. (The Sun)
…And just in case any clubs harboured cheeky thoughts about a sneaky big for Christiano Ronaldo; Manchester United claim that he isn’t for sale, not even for £50m. (various)
Bolton’s Nic Anelka is ready to jump ship and move to Chelsea, but he is scared that Chelsea might not meet Bolton’s valuation of £15m. Apparently, Chelsea are reluctant to be held to ransom, and for that reason Avram Grant may move on to other targets. (various)
Ex-Tottenham striker Freddie Kanoute quite fancies a return to White Hart Lane. The 30-year-old would leap at the chance to play under his old boss at Sevilla, Juande Ramos. (The Sun)
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is set to spend £3.5m on Wigan and Wales midfielder Jason Koumas. (Daily Mail)
Reading’s Steve Coppell has insisted that Roy Keane has no hope of bringing Stephen Hunt to the Stadium of Light. However, despite several rejected bids, Roy Keane is planning a new £4.5m bid for the midfielder. (The Guardian)
And talking of improved offers, Birmingham gaffer Alex McLeish will go back to Goodison Park with yet another offer for James McFadden. McLeish is set to more than double his original £2.5m bid. (The Telegraph)
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is moving ever closer to bagging Heerenveen striker Alfonso Alves for £12m and could also splash some dosh on Lyon’s Fred in a £20m outlay for both players. ( various)
…This has now opened up gossip that the only way that ‘Boro will be able to afford these two hot-shots is to sell defender Woodgate and winger Downing, with Spurs lying in wait for both players. (various)
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