Transfer Rumours: Liverpool, Arsenal, Reading, Manchester United, Blackburn, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Newcastle, Everton, Birmingham, Sunderland, and Fulham

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A bulging burlap bag of mewing transfer rumours.

Liverpool’s Rafa Benitez is adamant that he needs to buy in January, with defence being his number one priority. (The Sun)

Steve Coppell’s Reading have shelled out £250,000 on 17 year old Bulgarian wunderkind Radoslav Vasilev. (The Sun)

…While Arsenal have set their sights on a slightly pricier Bulgarian – with Arsene moving for Levski Sofia’s Nikolay Dimitrov. (Daily Mail)

Swindon’s Ben Tozer (pretty much a daily fixture in the transfer rumour mill) is being fought over by Portsmouth, Newcastle and Everton – who are scrapping like three transvestites at a wig sale.(The Sun)

Derby will let Giles Barnes leave, but only if they are given an offer so whopping that they cannot refuse it. West Ham are limbering up for a big £6million bid, with Fulham, Portsmouth and Aston Villa also circling Pride Park. (Daily Mail)

…And Wolves are ready to take Derby midfielder David Jones off Paul Jewell’s hands. (Daily Mail)

Dickson Etuhu is facing up to being in trouble both with the long arm of the law, and his very scary manager Roy Keane. Etuhu, 25 was involved in a bog standard footballers nightclub skirmish – and Keano is not pleased (Evening Standard)

Aston Villa’s Luke Moore wants to leave Villa Park in search of that fabled thing called ‘first team football’. (The Times)

…And Derby and Sunderland are ready to give Moore exactly that. (Daily Mail)

Portsmouth are after Schalke 04’s German striker Kevin Kuranyi, but he may not want to move as Schalke are still in the Champions League. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn striker Jason Roberts is, as we speak, on his knees pleading for a transfer – and joins disgruntled Aaron Mokoena in the ‘I want to leave’ club – but Mark Hughes isn’t even entertaining the idea. Fulham are said to be ‘monitoring’ proceedings. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has informed Sam Allardyce that actually, he isn’t the slightest bit interested in nabbing Mickey Owen off them in the new year. (Various)

…However, one sneaky newspaper is claiming that Big Sam has actually called Sven offering him Mickey Owen on a platter. (Daily Mail)

Everton’s Nigerian pairing have politely asked Berti Vogts if he would mind letting them play in the Carling Cup semi-final before joining up with their Nigerian teammates to prepare for the African Cup of Nations. (Times)

Birmingham defender Martin Taylor could be off to QPR for £1m. (Sun)

Roy Keane is intent on signing Manchester United defenders Phil Bardsley and Jonny Evans in the New Year. (Sun)