Sunday's gossip column


Spanish side Atletico Madrid are believed to have offered to sell Sergio Aguero, 21, to Chelsea for £30m, providing they can have the striker back on loan for the rest of the season.(Sunday Express) 
Dimitar Berbatov will head a sensational clear-out of £80m of Manchester United talent in the summer. Anderson, Nani, Zoran Tosic and unsettled central defender Nemanja Vidic are also set to leave. (Sunday Mirror) 
Rubin Kazan's 23-year-old Argentine left-back Cristian Ansaldi will fly in this week to complete a £6m move to Manchester City.(Sunday Mirror) 
Manchester City are also closing in on a £7m deal for Portsmouth's 24-year-old centre-back Younes Kaboul. (News of the World) 
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted for the first time he may be powerless to keep Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres if Liverpool's financial woes aren't resolved. (News of the World) 
Chelsea have entered the race to sign German striker Kevin Kuranyi. The 27-year-old Schalke striker has also held talks with Sunderland.(News of the World) 
Manchester United are interested in signing West Ham's £10m-rated Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami. Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester City have also shown interest in the former Lazio star. (Sunday Express)
Meanwhile, United have put goalkeeper Ben Foster up for sale for £4m as first choice Edwin van der Sar prepares to return after taking time off to nurse his wife.(Mail on Sunday) 
Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa has told friends he will join Tottenham in the summer. The 30-year-old, who has 79 international caps, currently plays for Spartak Moscow in Russia.(News of the World) 
Wolves and Sunderland have joined the race to sign Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford. Newcastle have already bid £1.5m for the 26-year-old who is valued at £2.5m by the Elland Road club.(News of the World) 
Bolton and Hull are also interested in former Wealdstone striker Beckford, who scored Leeds winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup last weekend. (Sunday Mirror) 
Kenwyne Jones is set to snub Birmingham's £10m January bid to sign him and stay at Sunderland until the summer. The striker is keen to play Champions League football next season.(Sunday Mirror) 
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes he has signed Maynor Figueroa, 26, from Wigan for £6m and Hamburg's Ivory Coast right back Guy Demel for £5m. (News of the World) 
Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is set to bring in six players in an £8m swoop on Scotland's Old Firm. The former Celtic manager wants to take five players from Parkhead and £1.5m Rangers striker Kris Boyd(News of the World) 
Birmingham will complete the signing of Sporting Gijon's Michel on Monday. The midfielder watched the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at St Andrew's on Saturday and has already passed a medical. (News of the World) 
Fulham have emerged as serious challengers to Manchester City in the chase for Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses, 19. (News of the World) 
New Bolton manager Owen Coyle is keen to sign winger Chris Eagles and full-back Tyrone Mears from his former club Burnley.(News of the World) 
Coyle is also trying to hijack Burnley's loan move for Arsenal's 17-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere. (News of the World) 
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce must sell Benni McCarthy before making a £2m move for Stoke striker James Beattie. McCarthy is interesting Portsmouth and Birmingham but neither club has tabled a bid for the South African striker. (News of the World) 
Matthew Kilgallon will join Everton if Sheffield United fail to reach the Premier League in May. The Blades defender snubbed a £2m move to Newcastle this week in favour of staying at Bramall Lane.(News of the World) 


Portsmouth face a make-or-break week in their battle to for survival. Unless they pay off £10m they owe to other clubs, the Premier League will withhold the £7m Pompey were due to receive from TV and give it straight to the club's creditors. (Sunday Express) 
Ron Noades has offered to help rescue crisis club Crystal Palace from the brink of financial meltdown. Palace need to raise around £6m to see the season through and former chairman Noades is willing to put a consortium together to help. (News of the World) 
Aston Villa winger James Milner will begin talks to extend his contract until 2015 when the transfer window shuts. The 24-year-old England winger could demand a big pay rise after impressing in his 18 months at the club and Villa boss Martin O'Neill is keen to fend off interest from Liverpool. (News of the World) 
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark, 37, has emerged as a contender for the Burnley job after impressing in his first year as boss at the Galpharm Stadium. (News of the World) 
West Ham's Icelandic owners look set to sell the club before the end of January. Former Birmingham owners David Gold and David Sullivan face competition from London finance company Intermarket, but a deal is expected in the next seven to 10 days.(News of the World) 
Patrick Vieira's move to Manchester City is understood to be motivated by a strategy to develop the next phase of his career, in coaching. The 33-year-old has signed a deal at City that could run for 18 months or more.(Sunday Telegraph) 
QPR are set to make their 12th managerial change in four years this summer with Alan Curbishley and former boss Luigi De Canio in line to replace Paul Hart. (Mail on Sunday) 


Liverpool's owners have been plunged into more chaos after a foul-mouthed email rant by director Tom Hicks Junior. The Texan told a Reds fan, who had written to the club to express his concerns over the financial future of the club: "Blow me **** face. Go to hell. I'm sick of you."(News of the World)