Tuesday's gossip column


Spurs are keeping tabs on 17-year-old Cameroon striker Steve Leo Beleck who currently plays for Greek side Panthrakikos Komotini.(imscouting.com) 


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has blocked a £10.5m move back to Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow for out-of-favour striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. (Daily Mail) 
West Ham are eyeing a deal for Paraguay's 16-year-old striker Juan Iturbe. The Cerro Porteno player has been on the shopping list of Real Madrid and Manchester United, with the Hammers looking at a £2m deal at the end of the season.(Daily Mirror) 
Birmingham want to begin talks on keeping hold of keeper Joe Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said: "Joe loves his team-mates and he loves the club. When you have a feelgood factor, then players can give their best form and play without fear."(Daily Mail) 
Derby manager Nigel Clough has revealed he wants to sign a striker on loan this week, with either Arsenal's Gilles Sunu or Everton's James Vaughan in his sights. (Daily Mail) 
Sunderland are the latest club to be linked with West Brom's £6m-rated Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans. (Daily Mail)
Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis has not given up hope of winning a move to Celtic in the summer. (Daily Record) 


Goalkeeper Petr Cech has said he wants to stay at Chelsea for another 10 years - providing he can maintain the high standards he has rediscovered in the last month. (The Guardian) 
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is odds on to leave Anfield if the Reds fail to finish in the top four of the Premier League, while Arsenal captain and midfielder Cesc Fabregas will walk out on the Gunners if they do not win the title or the Champions League.(Daily Mirror) 
Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is being lined up for a return to action against Wigan on Sunday having been sidelined with a groin injury since the end of December. (The Sun) 
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho claims Chelsea are not as good as they were when he was manager. He left in 2007 and speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with the Blues next week, Mourinho said: "You should have stuck with me if you wanted to win more titles." (Daily Mirror) 
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney had a police escort to see him through passport control after arriving at the airport only 35 minutes before the flight to Italy for the Champions League match against AC Milan.(The Sun) 
Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp has completed his coaching badge course with the Dutch football federation (KNVB). The clearly ambitious Dutchman said last year: "I would advise everyone to work in England, as a player or a coach, it just breathes football. It is fantastic for the game."( imscouting.com) 



A Premier League club is mulling over a purchase of an Indian Premier League team. Cricket's shorter format is expanding rapidly and IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said: "I can confirm an English Premier League club has approached us about buying a team. They are probably one of the most famous football clubs."(The Times)