Latest transfers speculations Tuesday 07.10.08

All the latest football gossip

Tuesday's gossip column

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes will make a new bid for Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz in the January transfer window and Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings. Barcelona striker Thierry Henry is also among the targets.

Hughes is also looking for an experienced goalkeeper to cover for Joe Hart.

The City boss could return to former club Blackburn to sign full-back Stephen Warnock.

Unsettled Stoke striker Dave Kitson is considering his future at the club after only three months at the Britannia Stadium because he is not enjoying life in the north.

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is growing frustrated and mystified about why the club have not asked him to sign a permanent deal.

Manchester United are poised to make an 18m move for Wigan's Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all tracking Barnsley striker Reuben Noble-Lazarus, 15, the youngest player in Football League history, but the Tykes want 2m in compensation.

Derby boss Paul Jewell is planning a January swoop for Leicester striker Matt Fryatt.

Wales midfielder Carl Fletcher is set to join Plymouth in a 300,000 move from Crystal Palace.

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

Tottenham are set to fire sporting director Damien Comolli, who has angered manager Juande Ramos with his transfer dealings. But Ramos has been given a personal assurance by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that he will be given time to turn the club around.

Ramos was told not to worry about his future by Levy immediately after Spurs' defeat by Hull City on Sunday.

There is boardroom unrest at Tottenham about the role Levy has played in the club's worst start to the season since 1912 after he gave the green light to Dimitar Berbatov's 30m deadline-day move to Manchester United.

Tottenham's first-team coach Gus Poyet is the man most likely to replace Ramos if the Spaniard does leave White Hart Lane.

Spurs' 15m winger David Bentley is furious with Ramos because he feels his manager's rotation policy is the reason he has been left out of Fabio Capello's latest England squad.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Chelsea's Frank Lampard will get one last chance to prove they can play together in midfield for England in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Capello is considering phoning Newcastle striker Michael Owen to clarify that he has a future with England and has only been left out of his latest squad because of form and fitness.

Capello is anxious that England make Wembley a fortress and has asked England supporters to stop booing their own players.

Former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce says Magpies owner Mike Ashley only ever bought the club to make money.

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has escaped punishment after being asked by a policeman to move away from the touchline during Sunday's 2-2 draw with Everton.

But Kinnear could still face action from the Football Association over his rant at journalists last week.

Gerry Francis is set to reject the chance to work alongside Kinnear at St James' Park and will instead join the coaching staff at Stoke City.

Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones, who is recovering from a knee injury sustained playing against England in June, is to spend the week training with the Trinidad & Tobago squad but the Black Cats have sent a club physio to monitor his fitness.

England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence has told Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia to forget about switching his allegiance from his native Spain to England despite becoming eligible for a British passport next summer.

Or, Capello will consider picking Almunia for England if he presses ahead with plans to become a British citizen.

Newcastle striker Mark Viduka, 33, is battling to save his career after failing to shake off an Achilles injury.

Vandals have trashed two cars owned by Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will play for Argentina in their friendly against Scotland in Glasgow in November.

St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour says he is 100% behind under-fire manager Gus MacPherson.

Portsmouth assistant manager Tony Adams had to check with reporters that the away goals rule counts in extra-time during his side's Uefa Cup win over Vitoria Guimaraes.

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has started supporting Millwall and hopes to fly in from Los Angeles to attend the Lions' next home game against Leeds.