Transfer Rumours and Gossip: Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle, and Birmingham

Tottenham’s Hossam Ghaly is reportedly a target for Derby and Sunderland. Dimitar Berbatov may not smile much, but at least he doesn’t toss the shirt away like a soiled rag when he gets upset.

Arsenal and Manchester United are keeping tabs on the progress of Deportivo La Coruna winger Andres Guardado.
He’s great in FM2008, but the pacy winger would be well suited to the Premier League. Can slot in at full back too so would sort out both clubs who like to have their backs acting as secondary wingers.

Manchester City are set to make a £12m move for striker Nicolas Anelka, whom Bolton have admitted is available for the right price.(Daily Mirror).
We imagine £12m is the right price, and Anelka does a great job as a lone striker. No doubt he’d score bags for Sven Goran-Eriksson’s new City, but with United sniffing around we’re not sure Nicky could resist the lure of a last chance to win major trophies. Then again, he did join Bolton in the first place.

Eriksson is also interested in Liverpool striker Peter Crouch and Heerenveen forward Afonso Alves. (The Times). Who isn’t (besides his manager)?
The Crouch situation is another confusing one but we reckon as long as he’s happy to fight for his place at Liverpool then Rafa is happy to keep him for those rare occasions he decides he needs him. This one won’t be a club-enforced sell.

Carson Yeung must prove on Friday he can raise £35m or his takeover plans for Birmingham City will be over. (Various) Never underestimate a Hong Kong businessman. But apparently you can underestimate a Birmingham businessman or else they wouldn’t be in such a pickle.

Dimitar Berbatov has been impressed by new coach Juande Ramos and intends to fight to help Spurs move up the table.
This rumour is never, ever going away until Berbatov leaves. But we don’t really see what the fuss is about with his body language, the bloke was frowning when his club were losing and playing like schoolchildren. Spurs fans were expecting what?

Former Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron is set to join MLS side DC United. (Daily Star)
Well, the spectacular fall from grace continues. We always thought it was a case of right player, wrong time for Veron at United. But in the US the only way is up, surely?

Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce is lining up a January move for Porto centre-back Bruno Alves. (The Sun)
That’s the spectacular signing that’ll get the fans back on his side.

Chelsea are ready to splash out £10m on Valencia’s Portugal international full-back Miguel as a replacement for Paulo Ferreira. (The Sun)
The last £10-million plus Portuguese right back didn’t turn out so well, so why not replace him with another? Miguel is solid, though, although we think Chelsea should be aiming a bit higher. Rangers’ Alan Hutton is sure to be the subject of a bidding war any day now and we’ve got our money on Man United or Chelsea to snap him up.

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