Latest transfers speculations Tuesday 23.09.08

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Tuesday's gossip column

A Nigerian consortium planning to bid for Newcastle needs to raise an "extra 50m to 100m" to buy the club, with owner Mike Ashley holding out for 400m.

If successful, they would make Everton striker Yakubu their top target.

The consortium would also aim to bring back Kevin Keegan as the club's manager.

Tottenham and Bolton are on alert after Sporting Lisbon's Montenegro striker Simon Vukcevic, 22, admitted he wants to leave the club.

Spurs have been told they will need to pay 5m to sign 20-year-old Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

Derby midfielder Robbie Savage looks set to leave the club on loan in a bid for regular first-team football.

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is hoping to sign Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross on loan, but Ipswich are also keen on the 20-year-old.

Blackburn Rovers are keeping tabs on Steven Fletcher as they ponder a January swoop for the Hibernian striker.

Advisors for Shunsuke Nakamura are in Glasgow for talks with Celtic over the Japanese midfielder's future after he expressed a desire to return to his homeland in January.

Other gossip other than transfer news.............

An independent tribunal, set up to look into the Carlos Tevez affair at West Ham and Sheffield United's relegation from the Premier League, has found against the Hammers who could be forced to pay the Blades 30m in compensation.

Sheff Utd 'win West Ham tribunal'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blasted Manchester City's new owners for not really caring about the club and questioned the reasons why they have bought the club.

Outgoing City owner Thaksin Shinawatra stands to make 50m profit after selling the club to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, just over a year after he bought it.

Tottenham defender Gareth Bale has said Spurs have hit the panic button after their disastrous start to the season.

Former Tottenham manager Gerry Francis is in talks with Stoke to join as a part-time coach.

A confidential letter given to all Arsenal's players ahead of their 3-1 win at Bolton was left lying around the team's hotel. In it manager Arsene Wenger stresses the importance of being a team, before listing 14 bullet points all about the team's ethos, including: "Believe in the strength of the team", "Be fresh and well prepared to win", and "Stay grounded as a player and as a person".

Crewe have warmed up for their Carling Cup third-round tie with Liverpool on Tuesday night by taking the stadium tour at Anfield.