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Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Liverpool, Tottenham

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 16, 2017

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Liverpool, Tottenham

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    The ongoing Wayne Rooney transfer saga leads the way in the transfer gossip round-up with the Manchester United forward the subject of a second bid by Chelsea.

    Liverpool could be poised to offload another high-profile signing, while Arsenal's attempt to sign Luis Suarez from the Anfield club may be on the verge of a courtroom battle.

    Which Tottenham star could be on his way to Turkish football? And who is poised for a Premier League return with Fulham?

    Read on to find out more.

Wayne Rooney Facing Teammates' Backlash

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    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney fears his teammates are beginning to resent his ongoing stand-off with the club's hierarchy, reports Alan Nixon and David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The article claims experienced United players such as Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are concerned at the effect the transfer saga is having on the squad.

    Rooney was the subject of a second bid by Chelsea at the weekend, and has withdrawn from the United squad to face AIK Stockholm in a friendly in Sweden due to a shoulder injury.

    The England international has not made an official transfer request, but Nixon and Maddock claim that some senior professionals at United are angry at events surrounding the forward.

Luis Suarez to Enter Legal Battle over Arsenal Move

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    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is considering legal action in a bid to force through his move to Arsenal, reports Sami Mokbel and Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail.

    According to the report, the Uruguay international believed there was a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave Anfield if another club made an offer of more than £40 million.

    The Gunners made an offer of just over that figure last week in a bid to trigger that clause, but Liverpool insist that bid means they only have to inform the player of the interest, according to the article.

    Suarez is now seeking clarification over the clause from the Premier League before taking his case into the legal arena, claim Mokbel and Whitwell.

Stewart Downing and Martin Skrtel Linked with Moves

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    While the Luis Suarez transfer saga rumbles on, Liverpool are also involved in transfer outgoings elsewhere.

    Winger Stewart Downing could be on his way to Newcastle for £5 million, according to Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph.

    The former Middlesbrough man joined the Reds for £18 million two years ago from Aston Villa under former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, but he will now be allowed to leave the Merseyside club, according to the report.

    Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez also wants to raid Anfield for defender Martin Skrtel, reports Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail.

    Benitez wants to sign the Slovakia international on a loan deal similar to the one on which goalkeeper Pepe Reina has joined Napoli, but Liverpool are looking for a permanent deal, claims the report.

Jermain Defoe Linked with Besiktas Move

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    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been linked with a move to Besiktas in Turkey, according to David Kent of the Daily Mail.

    The England international has also been linked with former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers, per the report.

    According to Kent, though, Defoe has emerged as a target for Besiktas head coach Slaven Bilic after he missed out on signing Emmanuel Adebayor from the White Hart Lane club.

    Defoe has slipped down the pecking order at Tottenham following the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

Fulham Make Move for Adel Taarabt

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    Fulham manager Martin Jol is confident his move for Adel Taarabt will be successful this week, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The Queens Park Rangers forward is set for a medical at Craven Cottage on Tuesday after the London clubs agreed a loan deal for the Morocco international, claims the article.

    Jol signed Taarabt for Tottenham in 2007 from Lens when he was manager at White Hart Lane, the report highlights, and is now set to restore him to the Premier League after QPR were relegated last season.

    Fulham are also still interested in signing striker Darren Bent from Aston Villa this summer, claims the Mirror article.

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