January 6th, 2009
10:57 AM ET

Tevez hints at United exit

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LONDON, England - Manchester United's under-used Argentine forward Carlos Tevez placed himself squarely in the shop window Tuesday by telling the Sun that he fears he will be forced to quit Old Trafford - and adding that he would love to join Real Madrid.

Carlos Tevez has struggled for playing opportunities this season.

Carlos Tevez has struggled for playing opportunities this season.

"I love it at United and the fans are special to me but I also understand football," Tevez said. "If another club offered me the security of a five-year deal then I'd have to consider it."

England forward Jermain Defoe is set to return to Tottenham from Portsmouth in a deal worth £15 million ($22 million). The 26-year-old, who made the reverse move in last season's January transfer window, will undergo a medical at White Hart Lane on Tuesday, according to British newspaper reports.

The Guardian reports that Spurs are also interested in Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing and Ghanaian midfielder Stephen Appiah, while L'Equipe claims the London club also want Brazilian striker Fred.

Barcelona midfleder Yaya Toure is the latest player to be linked with a move to cash-rich Manchester City, according to Marca. The Spanish newspaper says City boss Mark Hughes is ready to pay 26 million euros for the Ivorian midfielder.

AC Milan have offered 8 million euros for Liverpool's Danish defender Daniel Agger, the Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The Rossoneri will turn their attention to Portsmouth's in-form defender Glen Johnson - valued at 9 million euros - if they fail to land Agger.

The Times says Milan are also set to agree pre-contract terms with Liverpool's out-of-favor winger Jermaine Pennant, whose current deal at Anfield expires at the end of the season.

Aston Villa hope to agree a £4 million deal for Wigan's England forward Emile Heskey to bolster their bid to secure a top four finish and Champions League football, the Daily Mirror reports.

German striker Lukas Podolski is set to join Hamburg from Bayern Munich in a swap deal that would send Croatian winger Ivica Olic in the other direction, according to Bild.

Podolski, a star for the German national team despite rarely getting a start at Bayern, had been linked with a return to hometown club Cologne, while Manchester City, Tottenham and Roma had also been tipped as potential suitors for the 8 million euro-valued goalscorer.

But Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Bild that French midfielder star Franck Ribery is going nowhere.

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