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TRANSFER RUMOURS Part 2: Aston Villa, Chelsea, Derby County, Liverpool, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, West Ham

Some more piping hot, smelly rumours

Ooops! After all that hype it looks like Jose Mourinho has changed his mind and won’t be accepting the England job after a major European club made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. (News of the World).

…And if the Special One does walk away from the FA’s offer they will glumly look to Martin O’Neill or Jurgen Klinsmann as second or third choices. (Mail on Sunday).

Ooops Part 2… Harry Redknapp fought tooth and nail to grab David Nugent, but he hasn’t been able to get a whiff of the first team, so the poor sod will swap Champions League aspirations for spearheading Derby’s relegation charge. (News of the World).

Liverpool are having a sniff around Man City midfielder Michael Johnson, but Sven (jokingly) claims that he wants Stevie G and Anfield stadium in exchange. (Express)

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has lashed out at Steve McClaren, saying that the cold hearted sofd merely used the club “as a stepping stone” in his managerial career, completely ignoring them after he left. (Times)

Drogba could have an extended break from the Chelsea side – with the Ivorian missing a possible 11 games with his knee op AND the African Cup of Nations (Telegraph).

…While Valencia midfielder Joaquin turned his nose up at a £30m move to Chelsea last year because he didn’t want to slum in on the Kings Road and feels the quality of life is far better in Spain. (News of the World).

Aston Villa are heading the queue to sign Derby winger Giles Barnes, jumping ahead of other potential suitors like West Ham. (News of the World)