Football transfer rumours: Gareth Bale to Barcelona ?

It's the final Rumour Mill of the year! And to celebrate 12 months of hottttttt football gossip, we were thinking about putting together a list of the most memorable rumours of 2011.

But we can't recall any. So today's scraps will have to do.

Oriol Romeu, who is only just making a name for himself, is already on his way back to Barcelona. Chelsea will soften the blow of his departure with an £84m bid for Porto striker Hulk. Isn't modern football charming!

Emmanuel Frimpong will join Aston Villa on loan from Arsenal. Keep 'em coming, please, 2011!

West Ham United will bid £3m for Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham.

Newcastle United will bid £3m for West Hamdefender James Tomkins.

The wild and crazy world of Sam Allardyce! He's worth the admission fee alone, isn't he.

Kenwyne Jones will not leave Stoke City. That's not really a rumour, is it.

QPR will bid £7m for Nikica Jelavic, what with Rangers shutting down in the new year and all that.

Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City will both be offered Blackburn starlet Junior Hoilett for £8m. Coming the other way: Fulham striker Andy Johnson, West Ham's six-foot-by-two shin Carlton Cole, Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter, and unemployment's Mark Hughes.

Celtic are thinking about signing former Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar on a pre-contract agreement, with a view to his being treated with intense suspicion.

Tottenham Hotspur are looking at Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse. Yes, one particular syllable does catch the eye, there's no point denying it.

And here's the new never-ending rumour for 2012: Barcelona want Gareth Bale, but will only go as high as £25m.

Happy new year, everyone! Happy new year! Looking forward to this one!

Powered by article was written by Scott Murray, for on Friday 30th December 2011 08.39 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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