Latest Thursday’s gossip column – transfers and rumours

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Chelsea are ready to pull the plug on the deal to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill unless he agrees to join them on Thursday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle and Liverpool target Luuk de Jong is unlikely to move before the end of the season although he has admitted he would love to play in England.
Full story: International Business Times

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt could be on his way out of Anfield after becoming frustrated at a lack of first team opportunities and Turkish side Galatasaray could be his destination.
Full story:

Arsenal are set to make a £4.1m bid to bring Barcelona defender Eric Abidal to the Emirates.
Full story: Caught Offside

Newcastle could be forced to wait to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha due to the Eagles continued involvement in the Carling Cup. They lead Cardiff 1-0 after the semi-final first leg so the Magpies could be forced to move in the summer.
Full story: Evening Chronicle

Liverpool are also eyeing a move for the England youth international but he’s been warned against leaving the club before a potential Wembley trip by his Palace team-mate Paddy McCarthy.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United have told defender Darron Gibson he can leave Old Trafford and he’s already held talks with Everton over a £2.5m move.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Norwich City and Swansea are set to battle it out for the signature of Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt. The 22-year-old is expected to cost around £1m.
Full story: talkSPORT

QPR boss Mark Hughes has made his first moves into the transfer market, making a bid for Chelsea defender Alex after having a £5m offer for Blackburn’s Chris Samba rejected.
Full story: Metro

Tottenham are also interested in signing the Blackburn defender and have made a £7.5m offer.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa are set to miss out on the signing of Slovenian midfielder Armin Bacinovic as Chievo Verona are the favourites to sign him.
Full story: talkSPORT

Bayern Munich are set to step up their interest in Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Full story: Inside Futbol


Chris Coleman is set to be named as Gary Speed’s successor as Wales manager later this month. The former Coventry and Fulham boss is set to quit as manager of Greek second division side Larissa.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland star Lee Cattermole believes the emergence of James McClean could save the club a fortune in the transfer market.
Full story: Evening Chronicle

Swansea defender Alan Tate will hand manager Brendan Rodgers a huge boost by returning to action after breaking his leg in a golf buggy accident. He hasn’t featured since the opening day of the season but is aiming to make up for lost time.
Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Wigan midfielder Hendry Thomas has been urged to fill the void left by Momo Diame’s departure for the African Cup of Nations.
Full story: Wigan Evening Post


Wayne Rooney suffered a double blow at the recent Ballon d’Or awards. As well as missing out to Neymar for the best goal award he was beaten by a Portuguese youngster in the battle to be the best FIFA 12 player.
Full story: the Metro



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