Thursday, 17 January 2013
TODAY'S SOCCER GOSSIPS 17/01/2013
Blackpool forward Tom Ince, 20, has seen his dream return to Liverpool put on hold - because the Seasiders are refusing to take Reds manager Brendan Rodgers' calls.
Striker Theo Walcott, 23, has agreed the framework of a new three-and-half-year, £100,000-a-week deal and Arsenal are expecting him to sign it next week.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert may hijack Fulham's bid for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk midfielder Derek Boateng, 29.
Arsenal are set to miss out on a deal for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, 27, with Juventus said to be in advanced talks over a transfer.
Manchester United will make a formal bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, 20, in the next 48 hours - but will play hardball with the Championship club by making a cash offer as low as £6m.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has rejected a £3m offer from Swansea City for striker Kenwyne Jones, 28.
Stoke midfielder Maurice Edu, 26, is wanted on loan by Turkish side Bursaspor to replace Sunderland's new signing Alfred N'Diaye.
Chelsea are yet to receive a single enquiry about midfielder Florent Malouda, 32, even though he has no future at the club.
Fulham manager Martin Jol is hopeful of completing at least two signings in the coming days after lodging an offer of about £4.5m with Belgian side Zulte Waregem for midfielder Junior Malanda.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has attempted to bring forward the signing of Lewis Holtby, 22, from Schalke to this month's transfer window after losing the key midfielder Sandro to a long-term knee injury.
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha, 34, is ready to cut short his stint at Sunderland, with an unnamed South African club prepared to offer him an escape route.
Wolverhampton boss Dean Saunders is planning a double swoop for 25-year-old Norwich striker Simeon Jackson and Doncaster winger David Cotterill, also 25.
Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadni, 21, is resisting attempts by his club Juventus to recall him from a loan to Bologna, saying he would rather stay and gain some "consistency".
Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas says Juventus need to up their offer if they want to sign Argentine forward Lisandro Lopez, 29.
Veteran forward Rivaldo, 40, has finalised a deal which will see him play second division football with Sao Caetano in his native Brazil.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has become football's most-wanted man, after old foe Pep Guardiola left Manchester City and Chelsea in the lurch by agreeing to become Bayern Munich manager in the summer.
Luis Suarez has admitted that he dived to win Liverpool a penalty against Stoke this season.
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer says his old club Newcastle United are in a "relegation battle" and urgently need to strengthen a "thin" squad.