Transfer Rumours and Gossip: Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Arsenal, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Reading

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Darren Bent wants out of White Hart Lane despite showing Juande Ramos what he can do by scoring for Spurs at Middlesbrough (The People). Tottenham’s £16.5million misfit was making only his fourth league start and is fed up being fourth-choice striker.

Well, Dazza, how about a nice little loan move back to the Valley while you consider whether it’ll be Boro, Aston Villa or Manchester City?

It certainly won’t be West Ham after Bent snubbed his old Charlton boss Alan Curbishley’s overtures in the summer. If Bent doesn’t fancy jellied eels and pie ‘n’ mash, then the Hammers shouldn’t hold out too much hope at signing Brazilian Adriano from Inter Milan (Sunday Mirror).

Curbs, meanwhile, is about to get some help from above in the shape of  former Liverpool assistant manager Paco Ayesteran (various). Sounds as if Al might as well start Paco-ing his bags if the powers-that-be at Upton Park bring in Ayesteran as technical director.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez still has money to burn – Real Betis star Juan de Dios Prados (The People) and Burnley’s 15-year-old striking sensation John Cofier (News of the World) are latest targets, with Peter Crouch, Momo Sissoko and John Arne Riise all on their way out at Anfield (News of the World).

Reading’s Steve Coppell, who makes prudent Gordon Brown look profligate, is mulling over a club record £5million bid for Pompey midfielder Matty Taylor (Sunday Mirror). It’s a familiar story at Arsenal – decent young English defender can’t get a game as the Premier League’s lesser lights prepare to pounce. This time it’s Everton looking to nick Justin Hoyte from the Emirates (various).

Juande Ramos is desperate to shore up his hopeless Tottenham back line, with Sevilla central defender Julien Escude (The People). But why would a bloke whose team have just beaten La Liga leaders Real Madrid 2-0 and are still battling in the Champions League want to join a Premier League relegation battle?

Nasty goings on in Serie A where Chelsea old boy Adrian Mutu was the target of vicious racial abuse by Lazio fans while playing for Fiorentina in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Mutu’s only crime … being Romanian in a city where tensions are high after the murder of a local woman by a Romanian immigrant.

Back home, Alan Shearer is desperately distancing himself from the Newcastle manager’s position, telling everyone: The job on the Tyne’s not mine, not mine! (The People). Shearer says he is embarrassed to be constantly linked with the hot seat at St James’ Park and says he would be happy to see Sam Allardyce staying there for 10 years.

Ten minutes, more like it, after yesterday’s Pompey debacle.

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