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Sunday’s Transfer Rumours Part 1

If Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants to rid himself of Sam Allardyce and his staff he’ll have to shell out a whopping £20m in compensation. (Sunday Express)
…And in the face of yet more rumours about dressing room discontent and player rebellion, with some squad members baying for the savior Alan Shearer to come in; Big Sam has still vowed to fight on. (News of the World)
…Big Sam will also have Michael Owen at his disposal after Man City decided to halt their interest in the England striker. (Observer)

Boss Mark Hughes will let both Robbie Savage and Jason Roberts leave Blackburn Rovers for pastures new. (News of the World)

Sunderland and Manchester City are set to scrap it out for the chance to sign Celtic defender Bobo Balde. (News of the World)

Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United are all sniffing around Real Valladolid ‘keeper, Sergio Asenjo. The bidding for 18-year old Asenjo will start at £3.3m which would trigger one of those release clause thingies. (Setanta)

West Ham’s Alan Curbishly will, as has been predicted for weeks now, splash £16.5m on Tottenham striker Darren Bent. (Sunday Express)
…And Tottenham’s other unhappy striker Jermain Defoe is starting an avalanche of clubs who are desperate to sign him, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City are said to be leading the frenzied charge. (Various)
…While Spurs defender Antony Gardner could make a £3m move to Birmingham City. (News of the World)

Chelsea and Manchester City have both put their chase for Dinamo Zagreb’s Luca Modric on hold, after the midfielder decided to stay put until the end of the season. (Mail on Sunday)

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