Transfer news and speculation: 20 January

Wenger could face battle over pursuit of Arshavin

Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat believes Andrei Arshavin is heading to the Premier League – but there have been reports of competition for Arsenal in the race to sign the playmaker. Arsenal have been viewed as the front-runners for Arshavin, although there are suggestions from Russia that Manchester City could move for the the 27-year-old if they fail to land Kaka from Milan.

"Negotiations with Arsenal continue and the chances are very high that Arshavin will soon play in the English Premier League," Advocaat said.

Gunners manager Arsène Wenger insists he has no concerns over Milan trying to target Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie if they sell Kaka to City. "No, I'm not worried about that at all," was his response.

Wenger could have Tomas Rosicky back before the end of the season, after a year out with a knee injury. Rosicky admits he has to build up his confidence again. "Everyone surely knows that I am not in my ideal state of mind," he said. "Now I am playing a different game. I have been working hard every single day."

Podolski returns to Cologne

Lukas Podolski has agreed to rejoin former club Cologne at the end of the season. The Germany international moved to Bayern Munich in 2006, but has grown increasingly frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities at the Allianz Arena. A statement on Cologne's official website, www.fc-koeln.de, read: "Bayern Munich and Cologne today agreed on the transfer of Lukas Podolski. Lukas Podolski will join on 1 July, 2009." Cologne are though to have paid €10m (£9m) for Podolski.

Watson to stay in Palace Cup side

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock insists he has no intention of leaving Middlesbrough target Ben Watson out of Saturday's FA Cup trip to Watford even though he would become Cup-tied. The midfielder, who has turned down a new contract at Selhurst Park, is back in training following a calf injury and could return for the fourth-round trip to Vicarage Road. Middlesbrough and one other Premier League club have been in touch over Watson, but Warnock has received no formal bids.

Adams and Pennant in Pompey move talks

Tony Adams is to meet Liverpool's Jermaine Pennant to assess his commitment to joining Portsmouth. There have been suggestions Pennant would prefer a loan move to the south coast. "I think the deal has been done with Liverpool and I'm going to speak to Jermaine at some stage and see how he feels about coming to Portsmouth," said Adams. "If he doesn't want to, I won't take him on board."

Quashie will return to Upton Park

Birmingham City have decided not to extend Nigel Quashie's stay at St Andrew's. The West Ham midfielder arrived at the Championship club on a one-month loan back in October, before his stay was prolonged by Alex McLeish to the maximum 93-day period allowed for emergency deals. However, the club have opted not to secure his services on a permanent basis or a season-long loan.

Rumour Mill: Stories from the net

Fulham may rescue Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson from his Eastlands troubles. The Cottagers are also monitoring Valencia winger Vicente Rodriguez, although Dickson Etuhu could be in his way out. ( football-rumours.co.uk )

Benjani, Elano, Richard Dunne, Ched Evans, Felipe Calceido, Tal Ben Haim, Javier Garrido, Michael Ball will all follow Johnson out of the Man City exit door. ( football-rumours.co.uk )

Internazionale manager Jose Mourinho has rubbished reports of a move for the Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas ( teamtalk.com )

Newcastle midfielder Geremi has committed himself to the Magpies, dismissing links to Benfica ( sportinglife.com )

Villarreal's Diego Forlan will strengthen Aston Villa's Champions League push ( football-rumours.co.uk )

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss