Latest transfers speculations Wednesday 10.12.08

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Wednesday's gossip column

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn will draw up a five-man shortlist on Wednesday for the vacant managers' job at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats' majority shareholder Ellis Short favours a continental appointment, with former Ajax boss Ronald Koeman and Red Bull Salzburg manager Co Adriaanse among those being considered.

Short wants a young, possibly foreign, manager with a track record of winning trophies.

Koeman and Adriaanse are not the only Dutch managers in the reckoning because of the growing influence of Sunderland's new international business development manager Chris Woerts, the former Feyenoord chief executive.

Highly-rated Burnley boss Owen Coyle also has backers in the Sunderland boardroom.

But former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is happy in his current role as Mexico coach and is not in the running.

West Ham are willing to sell Wales striker Craig Bellamy to raise funds for new signings.

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola will listen to bids for Bellamy, Dean Ashton and Carlton Cole - who only signed a new five-year deal in November.

West Ham midfielders Lee Bowyer and Nigel Quashie, plus defender Calum Davenport and forward Luis Boa Morte are also up for grabs as Zola looks to fund a bid for 7m-rated Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will test the Hammers' resolve to keep goalkeeper Robert Green and defender Matthew Upson with a 16m joint bid when the transfer window re-opens.

Redknapp plans to raid another of his old clubs by signing Portsmouth right-back Glen Johnson for about 6m but will have to sell players first.

New Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos will return to his former club Tottenham to try to sign wingers David Bentley and Aaron Lennon in January.

Ramos is desperate to bring some new widemen to the Bernabeu and is also targeting Bayern Munich's Bastien Schweinsteiger and Napoli's Marek Hamsik.

Chelsea are planning an 8m bid for Middlesbrough striker Tuncay in the new year.

Middlesbrough also face a fight to keep England winger Stewart Downing, with Tottenham believed to be ready to match Boro's 12m valuation.

Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is on the brink of quitting the club after being barracked by Gunners fans.

Wigan boss Steve Bruce is considering making a January move for Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt, who is out of contract in the summer.

Bolton are also keen on Butt, and will offer the 34-year-old a two-year deal.

Hull City are planning an 8m raid for Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell, currently on loan at Tottenham, after his successful loan stint at the KC Stadium last season.

Bolton boss Gary Megson is set to make a 5m bid for Wolves winger Michael Kightly in the January transfer window.

Fulham hope to beat QPR to the 500,000 signing of Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson next month.

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has lined up a 3m bid for teenage Crystal Palace midfielder Sean Scannell.

Portsmouth striker David Nugent will turn down a move to Everton because he wants to prove himself at Fratton Park.

Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton are all chasing Inter Milan striker David Suazo, who has been on loan at Benfica.

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has lined up bids for Lens striker Aruna Dindane and Aston Villa forward Marlon Harewood and is keen to take Arsenal duo Jay Simpson and Carlos Vela on loan.

The Baggies are also hoping to sign Mallorca's Argentine forward Oscar Trejo on loan.

Manchester United striker Manucho is another loan target for the Baggies.

Hull have joined Bolton in the race to sign Sheffield Wednesday's 2m-rated defender Mark Beevers.

Stoke are set to make a 1m-plus offer for Derby midfielder Miles Addison.

Middlesbrough are keen on MFK Kosice midfielder Nemanja Matic and his team-mate, defender Juraj Hovancik.

Lee Croft could turn down a new contract with Norwich City in order to join Sheffield United on a free transfer.

Rangers have been forced to delay a 2m offer for Sporting Lisbon defender Tonel due to difficulty offloading fringe players at Ibrox.

Falkirk are lining up Hearts keeper Steve Banks should they fail to extend Scott Flinders' loan deal from Crystal Palace.

Norwegian trialist Erlend Hanstveit wants an answer on his future from Celtic before his wedding on Saturday.

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

Under-pressure Blackburn manager Paul Ince has been granted a stay of execution but will be sacked if his side lose at Wigan on Saturday.

Ince has been told he has four more games to save his job.

Rovers chairman John Williams held off calls from directors and trustees to get rid of Ince at a board meeting on Tuesday, arguing he deserved another chance.

But Blackburn are already thinking about who will succeed Ince, with former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce and ex-Rovers manager Graeme Souness in the frame.

Souness and former Chelsea manager Avram Grant are the leading contenders to replace Ince.

Ince blames his side's struggles on the club's decision to sell star players goalkeeper Brad Friedel and winger David Bentley in the summer, without replacing them.

Blackburn have only a minimal transfer budget to strengthen their squad in January.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been offered a new four-and-a-half year contract at Anfield worth 16m.

Manchester City have begun sponsorship talks with airline Etihad that could eclipse Manchester United's 56.5m deal with AIG and become the biggest in English football.

New Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos will appoint Marcos Alvarez, who worked under him at Tottenham, as his number two at the Bernabeu - but will not offer a post to Gus Poyet, who was another of his assistants at Spurs.

West Ham defender Matthew Upson says the outcome of his side's next two games - against Chelsea and Aston Villa - will decide whether they face a relegation battle this season.

Huddersfield are set to appoint Norwich assistant boss Lee Clark as their new manager, with former Newcastle and Manchester City coach Derek Fazackerley arriving as his number two.

Clark will be named as the Terriers new boss this week after impressing at two interviews.

Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd turned down the Huddersfield job.

Charlton caretaker boss Phil Parkinson is already fearing for his future at The Valley after the Addicks lost at home to Coventry City on Tuesday.

Former West Ham and Celtic striker Paolo Di Canio is keen on becoming Charlton's new manager.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan says the club's new midweek booze curfew is permanent.

Former Scotland international defender Matt Elliott is a contender for the vacant manager's job at his old club Oxford United.

Aberdeen have hit Kilmarnock with a 4,000 hotel bill over the Dons' wasted journey to Ayrshire for last weekend's SPL fixture which was postponed despite undersoil heating at Rugby Park.

Krystell Sidwell, wife of Aston Villa midfielder Steve, has hit back at Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's claims that too many WAGs are flash party girls who love the limelight.