Monday gossip


Arsenal have ruled out a January move for Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy. Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Eduardo are all injured and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has said that although he needs a striker, it won't be the former Manchester United star.(Daily Mirror)
Wenger could move for Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic with the Serbian-born star struggling to make the first team at the Nou Camp.(Daily Star)
Tottenham are battling to secure the services of Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia from Swiss side Young Boys of Berne.(Daily Mirror)
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish is keen on taking on Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky.(Daily Mirror)
Kris Boyd fears that every goal he scores before the new year will be his last for Rangers because of uncertainty over player futures during the January transfer window. (The Sun)


Stoke City striker James Beattie was involved in a bust-up with manager Tony Pulis at Arsenal over the weekend following an argument about the players' Christmas party. After their 2-0 loss to the Londoners, it is reported the row started in the dressing room at the Emirates Stadium when the team were told they would have to train on Monday and not have the day off.(Daily Mail)
Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his apologies after his sending off in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Almeria. After scoring, then missing a penalty before receiving a second yellow card, he said: "I have my flaws too, but I am a professional who doesn't like to miss or lose."(Independent)
Celtic midfielder Landry N'Guemo is hoping that Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen, the former Rangers manager, allows him to play in January's Old Firm derby before joining his national squad for the African Cup of Nations. (Various)
The African Cup of Nations could be crucial to the 3 January Old Firm derby, with Algeria coach Rabah Saadane wanting Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra to report for their training camp on 27 December. (Daily Mail)


Wayne Rooney has revealed he missed the World Cup draw! England's top striker was busy catching up on some rest following the birth of his son in November. "I laid down on my bed to watch the draw on TV and fell asleep," said the 24-year-old.(The Sun)