Football transfer gossip (Jan 22): Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City, Stoik City, Chelsea

Check out latest football transfer gossip around the leagues. Is your favourite player tipped for a move?

Liverpool have raised their offer for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam but the Seasiders have rejected the 4.5m bid.

Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa are considering Peter Crouch as a strike partner for new 24m signing Darren Bent. It would be a return to Villa for Crouch, who spent two seasons there under Graham Taylor.

Full story: Metro

Struggling West Ham are ready to move for controversial Blackburn striker El-Hadji Diouf with manager Steve Kean set to let him go from Ewood Park if the price is right.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Hammers manager Avram Grant has drawn up a list of transfer targets, including Robbie Keane, Demba Ba, Jamie O'Hara and Joe Cole.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle have made an inquiry for Bayer Leverkusen's Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta - although the 25-year-old may not be fully fit for another four weeks.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City could be ready to swoop for Barcelona defender Dani Alves after he rejected the Spanish club's latest contract offer.

Full story: talksport.co.uk

Aston Villa misfit Stephen Ireland could be on his way out of Villa Park and off to Newcastle as a replacement for the injured Alan Smith.

Full story: Metro

Stoke City are trying to land another striker after bidding 4m for Birmingham's Cameron Jerome.

Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea could seal the signature of Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjaer early next week for a fee of about 12.5m.

Full story: talksport.co.uk

Ipswich's highly-rated 17-year-old England youth striker Connor Wickham, who has been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool, has signed a new contract until 2013.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United will allow injury-plagued midfielder Michael Carrick to leave in the summer as he has 18 months left on his contract and will not be offered to a new one.

Full story: The Sun

Tottenham striker Giovanni dos Santos is close to a loan move to Italian side Sampdoria. (Daily Mirror)

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