Latest transfers speculations Thursday 10.10.08

All the latest football gossip

Thursday's gossip column

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is lining up a January bid for Sampdoria's Italian playmaker Antonio Cassano.

City are keen to sign Rennes' Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia for 9.6m when the transfer window reopens.

Chelsea are favourites to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of Barcelona wonderkid Gerard Deulofeu, 14, who has been dubbed the new Ronaldinho.

West Ham are preparing to sell as many as eight senior players during the January transfer window.

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has rejected claims he has struck a moral agreement to sell midfielder Wilson Palacios to Manchester United in January or the summer.

Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is likely to snub a loan move to Birmingham and return to Germany in January.

QPR hope to sign Reading striker Leroy Lita.

Crocked midfielder Markus Paatelainen has quit Inverness Caledonian Thistle and returned to Finland to have treatment for his cruciate ligament injury.

Portsmouth are close to signing 16-year-old Ghana international Tawrick Jibril, who plays for Accra Hearts of Oak in his home country.

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

England captain John Terry is out of Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan and is a doubt for Wednesday's trip to Belarus.

Scotland manager George Burley admits Saturday's clash with Norway will be "win or bust" for his side's hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals.

West Ham have broken Premier League rules by allowing an unregistered doctor to treat their players.

At least three Premier League clubs received cautionary calls from their banks on Wednesday about their debts.

Hull City chairman Paul Duffen says the Tigers will stay in the black this season and not go into debt to fund the pursuit of short-term success.

Tottenham's 15m winger David Bentley admits people are laughing at the club because they are bottom of the Premier League.

Spurs players held a crisis meeting and came out backing their under-fire boss Juande Ramos.

Everton midfielder Phil Neville has not given up hope of an England recall.

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear could be charged by the Football Association over his rant at journalists last week.

Arsenal have failed to lure Millwall's deputy executive chairman Heather Rabbatts to the Emirates Stadium.

Former Bolton and Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is favourite to replace under-pressure boss Colin Calderwood at Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest.

Sunderland manager Roy Keane says the club's proximity to the coast restricts the number of youngsters eligible to join the club's youth programme because of FA rules that boys must live within 90 minutes' travel time of any team they sign for.

Injury-hit Portsmouth striker David Nugent faces another two months on the sidelines after undergoing a second hernia operation.

Hamilton teenager James McCarthy, 17, will consider playing for Scotland if their boss George Burley proves he wants him more than the Republic of Ireland.

Hearts midfielder Bruno Aguiar wants to complete his comeback from serious ankle and knee injuries before thinking about getting a new contract at Tynecastle.

Arsenal captain William Gallas was nicknamed Pierre Richard - the French equivalent of Mr Bean - when he was an apprentice at Caen.

Football League referees Steve Cook and Dave Foster passed a fitness test last week - only to be told later that clockwatchers had lost count and they had accidentally been timed over only nine 400m laps rather than 10.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is dreaming of scoring the winner against Manchester United in this season's Champions League final.