Latest transfers speculations Friday 14.11.08

All the latest football gossip

Friday's gossip column

Wigan boss Steve Bruce will launch a 10m bid to sign Ecuador striker Cristian Benitez from Mexican side Santos Laguna.

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is determined to fight for his future at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid are interested in the Argentina striker but he wants to stay with United.

Even if Tevez wanted to join Real in January, he would be unable to move because his contract at United forbids it.

United want to sign Tevez - who is only on loan with the Red Devils - on a permanent contract.

The Red Devils hope to conclude the deal for the 24-year-old, which could cost them as much as 30m, before the Club World Cup in Japan in December.

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has warned he will not pay over the odds for players in January despite his club's new wealth.

Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz, Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge and Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra are top of Hughes' list of transfer targets.

But Wigan striker Emile Heskey, Stuttgart forward Mario Gomez, West Ham front man Craig Bellamy, Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings and Blackburn left-back Stephen Warnock are also on Hughes' radar.

Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha could be used as a makeweight in a deal for Santa Cruz, while left-back Michael Ball, midfielder Dietmar Hamann and strikers Darius Vassell, Felipe Caicedo and Benjani Mwaruwari would also be allowed to leave Eastlands.

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho has targeted Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, who he signed for the Blues during his time as manager at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez will step up his efforts to offload out-of-favour Reds midfielder Jermaine Pennant in January and Blackburn are expected to make a bid for him.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill fears the club will face another battle to keep midfielder Gareth Barry at the club in January.

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray will offload up to six of his first-team squad in January to fund new signings.

Middlesbrough and Bolton will fight it out for Deportivo La Coruna's 2m-rated Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman.

Ipswich have decided not to offer Alex Bruce a new deal and the defender, who is out of contract in the summer, is being tracked by Norwich, Fiorentina, Genoa, Napoli, Preston and Burnley.

Sunderland are chasing highly rated Ipswich midfielder Owen Garvan.

Sheffield United are considering a 250,000 move for Motherwell striker Chris Porter.

Motherwell, St Mirren and Inverness are all tracking Livingston defender James McPake.

Falkirk are set to sign American goalkeeper Matt Pickens when the transfer window opens.

Former Aberdeen defender Richie Byrne, who is training with Inverness, is interested in a return to the SPL after his short-term deal with Oldham Athletic expired.

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

Chelsea are set to fine striker Didier Drogba 160,000 for throwing a coin into the crowd during Chelsea's Carling Cup fourth round defeat to Burnley.

The Football Association is poised to hand Drogba a three-match ban over the incident and the police will launch their own investigation.

Drogba could get a longer ban if the FA decides to treat his single-finger gesture at Burnley fans as a separate incident.

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola, a former Chelsea striker, has defended Drogba's actions and says Premier League players should be shown more respect.

But Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, says Drogba should be banned.

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football, is set to quit his post following his criticism of youth development in England.

Referee Steve Bennett has branded misbehaving managers and players as "animals" while demanding support for the FA's Respect campaign.

Newcastle's interim manager Joe Kinnear will be handed a one-year contract to stay on as Magpies boss if owner Mike Ashley fails to sell the club.

At least one of the two American parties vying to buy the Magpies are engaged in the due diligence process.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane admits he is under growing pressure after his side's run of poor results, which has left them second-bottom of the Premier League.

Gianfranco Zola has held showdown talks with his West Ham players after seeing them pick up just one point in their last six games.

Former Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand has joined Spurs boss Harry Redknapp's coaching staff and will work as consultant to the club's strikers.

Redknapp's plan is to use a series of specialist coaches for attack and defence, in the same way as NFL teams train.

New Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is confident he will have money to spend in the January transfer window despite the Fratton Park club being up for sale.

Diego Maradona has dismissed suggestions he will resign as Argentina coach unless he gets his choice of assistant.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is on a five-man shortlist for the chief executive role in England's 2018 World Cup bid.

Keith Harris, the dealmaker who has been asked to find a buyer for Everton, says a groundshare with Liverpool is the only way ahead for both clubs as they struggle to move plans for new stadiums forwards.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi hopes to be at Hampden Park to watch his side's friendly with Scotland despite being refused permission to play by his club Barcelona.

Burnley manager Owen Coyle is surprised by Steven Caldwell's absence from the Scotland squad.

Former Celtic star Mike Galloway has applied to be the new manager of Scottish Third Division side Berwick Rangers after Allan McGonigal's exit.

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James is being forced to drive a clapped-out Reliant Robin by his team-mates after being voted the club's worst trainer.

Hull's Guinea international defender Kamil Zayatte's lack of English means he has to use sign language to communicate with team-mates during matches.

When he arrived at Tynecastle, Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo thought Jambos striker Christian Nade was a "fat student" who had turned up to watch the club train.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Adam Rooney says his mum's Irish stew is behind his side's resurgence in form after introducing his team-mates to her cooking.