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West Ham have been linked with Inter striker Adriano and are ready to pay £14m for the Brazilian. (Independent)


Aston Villa's Sweden international defender Olof Mellberg has refused to deny speculation linking him with a move to Juventus. (Independent)


Arsenal are on the trail of Congo international striker Tresor Mputu and will pay £500,000 for him. (Daily Star)


Sunderland boss Roy Keane says he wants to bring in three or four players in January. (Independent)


Bolton want to sign Manchester City's £2m-rated winger Ishmael Miller, who is on loan at West Brom. (Daily Star)


Man City have been told by Seville they have no chance of signing their midfielder Christian Poulsen. (The Sun)


Derby want to re-sign Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone when the January transfer window opens. (The Sun)


Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson wants to turn his season-long loan at Aston Villa into a permanent deal to stay at the club. (The Sun)


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could make a move for Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, whose contract finishes in June. (Mirror)


Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has sought assurances he can leave the club if they finish outside the top four in the Premier League. (The Times)


West Ham captain Lucas Neill wants the club to raise his salary just 10 months after joining them. (Mirror)


Bolton want to sign Sheffield United hard-man Chris Morgan. (Mirror)


Liverpool are interested in signing Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones and could make a £12m bid for him. (Mirror)


Celtic are ready to beat Hearts in the race to sign Dundee United goalkeeper Gregorz Szamotulski in January. (Daily Record)





Joe Royle is a front-runner to be the new Wigan boss following the sacking of Chris Hutchings. (Daily Star)


But former Wigan boss Paul Jewell is also in the frame for the job, just six months after he resigned. (various)


And Scotland boss Alex McLeish is hotly-tipped to take over, while Wigan are also considering England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce. (various)


Actually, it's former Newcastle boss Graeme Souness who is set to take the reins at Wigan. (various)


Blackburn are ready to hand manager Mark Hughes a huge pay rise if he signs a new deal. (The Sun)


England boss Steve McClaren will not quit even if he fails to guide England into the Euro 2008 finals. (Mirror)





Defender Leon Cort says he has joined Stoke on loan because new Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock does not like his face. Cort revealed: "He was saying things like I did not have enough scars on my face, so I knew my time was up." (The Times)


Reading players have donated £5,000 to subsidise the cost for supporters travelling to watch them play at Manchester City. The first 350 fans who book their tickets will pay only £5. (various)

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