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Manchester United have made an inquiry about Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins. (The Sun)

 

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to up his bid for want-away Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka. (Daily Star)

 

Derby boss Billy Davies is ready to make a shock move for Portsmouth striker David Nugent. (Daily Mirror)

 

Sevilla defender Daniel Alves has hinted that he may join Real Madrid after his club snubbed Chelsea's £21.5m bid. (Various)

 

Yakubu's move to Everton is set to collapse as Middlesbrough are demanding £12m for the striker. (Various)

 

Birmingham are set to sign 6ft 7ins Czech international striker Jan Koller. (Daily Mirror)

 

Newcastle will sign Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton for £2m this week - with Brazilian defender Juliano Belletti to follow. (The Times)

 

Middlesbrough are favourites to sign £6.5m hotshot Afonso Alves from Dutch side Heerenveen. (Various)

 

Carlo Cudicini wants to leave Chelsea by the end of the month - but has missed out on the chance to join Man City. (Daily Mirror)

 

Cudicini has been told he cannot leave Stamford Bridge as he is needed as Petr Cech's understudy. (The Sun)

 

Sunderland are to snap up Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham for £2.4m. (The Sun)

 

Roy Keane's Black Cats are also closing in on former England striker Andrew Cole. (Various)

 

Man City are ready to make a £7.5m bid for Italian keeper Marco Amelia this week. (Various)

 

Striker John Hartson is fed up at West Brom and wants manager Tony Mowbray to rip up his £1m-a-year contract. (Daily Mirror)

 

Watford's Jay DeMerit says he will leave Vicarage Road if his £10,000-a-week wage demands are not met. (Daily Mirror)

 

Norwich boss Peter Grant wants to sign Ian Murray from Rangers. (Daily Mirror)

 

Swindon boss Paul Sturrock expects to sign Derby winger Lee Holmes on loan and Wycombe striker Jermain Easter. (Daily Star)

 

 

OTHER GOSSIP

 

Tottenham manager Martin Jol is on the brink of the sack after he stunned chairman Daniel Levy by saying he wanted to sell star striker Dimitar Berbatov. (The Sun)

 

Jol could be forced out of White Hart Lane before Sunday's trip to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

 

Tottenham have drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace Jol - with Italy's World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp joining Sevilla manager Juande Ramos as candidates. (Daily Mail)

 

Referee Rob Styles may not take charge of a Premier League match for another month following his performance at Anfield on Sunday. (The Guardian)

New Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready to sell the club to an Icelandic entrepeneur, just two months after taking over. (The Times)

 

American-based whizz-kid Dan Williams is eyeing a £45m bid to take over Blackburn Rovers. (Daily Mirror)

 

Former Hull owner Adam Pearson is planning a shock £30m takeover of Leeds. (Daily Mirror)

 

Germany's players hope to take 'revenge' for England's 5-1 World Cup qualifying win in Munich five years ago in Wednesday's friendly. (Daily Mirror)

 

German keeper Jens Lehmann says England struggle at major football tournaments because they cannot handle the pressure. (Various)

 

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves says the club cannot use the absence of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo as an excuse for their poor start to the season. (Various)

 

Hibs, Hearts and Falkirk face an anxious wait to find out if they will be fined for poor disciplinary records by the SFA. (Daily Record)

 

 

 

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will take German chancellor Angela Merkel to Wembley on Wednesday to watch the England-Germany friendly. And Scottish-born PM Brown will be rooting for England. (Various)

 

Under-fire ref Rob Styles is on the board of the firm which paved the driveway of Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich - although referees' chiefs have cleared him of any conflict of interest. (Various)

 

Man City's billionaire owner Thaksin Shinawatra will have to wait four years to earn membership to the exclusive golf course near his £4.5m home in Surrey. (Daily Mail)

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I'd be happy getting those 2 in, can't see this takeover happening at all with the money Ashley has invested in us so far

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