Press Watch: Defoe to make £12m United move to fund Pardew spending at West Ham

Liverpool close on £10m Rosicky and Chelsea turn to £9m Lucio
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Jermain Defoe could complete a £12m move to Manchester United during the transfer window - and then be loaned back to West Ham for the remainder of the season. The Sunday Express says the Hammers are looking at such a deal as "the only realistic way of raising capital" for their new manager, Alan Pardew, to make signings without losing a key player in their First Division promotion bid.

The News of the World believes Leeds will sell Mark Viduka if they can find a buyer to accept their £8m asking price for the Australian striker. Roma and Internazionale are said to be interested.

Financial problems at Borussia Dortmund could work in Liverpool's favour, according to the Sunday Mirror. Struggling under debts put at £25m, the German club is reported to be ready to sell their Czech play-maker Tomas Rosicky and the Anfield club are said to be in pole position for the player rated at £10m.

Chelsea's spending will go on, it seems, when the transfer window re-opens. The News of the World links the London club with Modena's £3m-rated French striker Diomansy Kamara, while the Sunday Mirror says Bayer Leverkusen's £9m-rated Brazilian defender, Lucio, could choose Stamford Bridge over Juventus.

The People believes Newcastle will sign the Leeds striker Michael Bridges at the third attempt in January, despite stories in the Sunday Mirror and the News of the World suggesting the former Sunderland player will stay at Elland Road.

The Mail on Sundaysays Sir Bobby Robson is more interested in signing the Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert than the AC Milan cast-off Rivaldo.

While Martin O'Neill is widely tipped to take over at Tottenham at some stage - within the next two weeks or at the end of the season, depending on which line of speculation you believe - there is disagreement over where Bryan Robson might make his return to management. The former Manchester United and England captain is at the top of Reading's list to succeed Alan Pardew, the News of the World reports. Robson, facing competition from the former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams, is said to be returning from a trip to Singapore to attend a formal interview this week.

The People, however, says the former Middlesbrough manager could take over from Carlton Palmer at Stockport County, having been pipped by Pardew to the West Ham job. The same paper says Reading want to speak to Rotherham's Ronnie Moore and the Oldham manager, Iain Dowie, about their vacant position.

The Sunday Mirror suggests that if O'Neill leaves Celtic he may be replaced by the Aston Villa manager, David O'Leary, who is said to be uncomfortable with the lack of funds available to him at Villa Park.

An apparent attempt by the former Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore to make a playing comeback attracts wide coverage. Sunderland and Coventry are two interested clubs, according to the People.

The Sunday Express and News of the World suggest Elton John, who has largely resisted the temptation to put serious money into his beloved Watford, may give some of his fortune to the struggling club after striking up a friendship with manager Ray Lewington.

The People puts Walsall at the head of the queue to take the Manchester United youngster Kieran Richardson - tipped as the new Ryan Giggs - on loan while the News of the World says Sunderland, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest are tracking Newcastle's reserve team captain, the midfielder Bradley Orr.

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