Sunday's Transfer News!

By Gary Moss
Last updated : 07 January 2007

With this weekend's busy FA Cup schedule there has been little activity in the transfer window.


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Murray...Signs for Rochdale
n the day's only League Two deal, Rochdale have signed Carlisle United's Glenn Murray. The 23-year-old has been on loan at Spotland since October, but has finally signed at deal that will keep him at the club for a further two and a half year's.


But, as usual, with the Sunday Newspapers going into print, there has been no shortage of transfer gossip.


West Ham have apparently stepped-up their bid to bring Joey Barton to Upton Park. The midfielder, also being chased by Everton, Spurs and Newcastle, could be on his way to West Ham as Alan Curbishley is poised to make a fresh £10 million offer for the player.


Meanwhile, Newcastle and Liverpool are still chasing the signing of Blackburn full-back Lucas Neill.


Bent...A bidding war for England ace
Liverpool boss, Rafa Benitez has been reported to be interested in signing Charlton striker Darren Bent. It looks as if a whole host of top flight club's will be involved in a bidding war to secure the services of the England forward.


Tottenham are also lining up a cheeky bid for Bolton's Tal Ben Haim. Martin Jol is hoping to sign the Israeli defender before Chelsea come knocking on the door.


Another name in high demand seems to be Watford's Ashley Young. Sheffield United are the latest club to be linked with the midfield man.


According to the Sunday People, Southampton's Gareth Bale's future looks set to be at Old Trafford. The 17-year-old looks to be joining the Red Devils for a deal initially worth £5 million.


Back to League Two and table toppers Walsall head the list to be after Torquay's transfer-listed Jamie Ward. The Saddler's are believed to be mulling over a £100,000 deal for the former Aston Villa trainee.


And finally, Grimsby and Wycombe are entangled in a battle for Lee Thorpe. The Torquay striker is hoping to quit Plainmoor and looks set for a move to one of the above clubs.