Tuesday's gossip column


Tottenham will beat off the late challenge of Everton to land midfielder Niko Kranjcar from Portsmouth. (The Sun) 
Everton will sign Johnny Heitinga for £5m on transfer deadline day after the Atletico Madrid defender agreed to compromise on his wage demands. (Daily Mirror) 
Tottenham winger David Bentley looks set for a move to Manchester City for £10m, in a bid that will see Martin Petrov move in the opposite direction. (Daily Mirror) 
Portsmouth have rejected an offer from Tottenham which would see goalkeepers David James and Carlo Cudicini swap clubs. (Daily Mail) 
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and club chairman Daniel Levy are at odds over whether to make a transfer-day bid for James. (The Times) 
Pompey manager Paul Hart is hoping to sign striker Benjani from Manchester City. (The Sun) 
However, that deal could be scuppered by Sven-Goran Eriksson's Notts County, who are ready to make a club record offer for the 31-year-old. (Daily Mirror) 
Hull, Blackburn and Fulham are also in the race to sign Benjani. (The Independent) 
Fulham are expected to complete the signing of Swedish striker David Elm for £500,000. (Daily Express)
Aston Villa are poised to land West Ham defender James Collins for £5m. (The Sun) 
And the sale of Collins will give West Ham the funds to sign Bordeaux's highly-rated forward Marouane Chamakh. (Daily Mail) 
Bolton need Nantes to help pay the wages of striker Ivan Klasnic if they are to complete the loan signing of the 29-year-old Croat. (Daily Mirror) 
West Ham have warned interested clubs that centre-half Matthew Upson will only leave Upton Park if someone offers £15m. (Daily Express)
Wolves have made an offer for Cardiff winger Joe Ledley, who is rated at £6m. (Daily Mail) 
Birmingham hope to complete the loan signing of Real Betis midfielder Achille Emana. (The Sun)
And City manager Alex McLeish is bidding for winger Peter Lovenkrands, who is a free agent after leaving Newcastle at the end of last season. (Daily Mail) 
Portsmouth have made a £3m bid for former Wigan striker Amr Zaki and have also been linked with former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Boudewijn Zenden. (The Independent) 
Stoke are in negotiations to sign Valencia striker Nikola Zigic and Atletico Madrid defender Luis Perea. (Daily Mail) 
Rangers are to sign French winger Jerome Rothen from Paris St Germain on a year-long loan. (Various)
Celtic will make a £1.5m deadline day offer for Sampdoria midfielder Daniele Dessena. (Various) 
Scott McDonald's agent, Lou Sticca, has hinted that the Celtic striker may move on in January, if a suitable bid comes in. (Herald)
However, Wigan want McDonald right now and have offered a cash plus striker Marlon King deal for the Australian international. (Scottish Daily Mail) 


Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney says he will not quit Old Trafford like Cristiano Ronaldo did in the summer. (The Sun) 
Arsenal are set to lose their appeal against striker Eduardo's two-game ban even though they have submitted a 19-page presentation to Uefa. (The Sun) 
Former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd will today be unveiled as the new manager of Colchester. (The Sun)
Celtic defender Darren O'Dea will sign a new three-year deal at the Glasgow club before move to Reading on loan. (Daily Record) 


The head of the Croatian Football Association has claimed England are trying to deliberately injure their players, following the injuries to both Luka Modric and Eduardo in the last 18 months. (Various)