Soccer: January 5, 2007

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Cristiano Ronaldo may have been snubbed by Barcelona over the summer, but reports out of Spain suggest Real Madrid are keen to purchase the star from Manchester United. --

Roma defender Philippe Mexes has emerged as a potential transfer target for Chelsea, who are desperate to improve their defensive depth in the wake of the Blues' form during John Terry's injury hiatus. --

Reading boss Steve Sidwell is fearing that a big Premiership club such as Arsenal, Chelsea or Man United would come in for star striker Kevin Doyle. --

FC Zurich captain Blerim Dzemaili has confirmed he is in talks with Bolton Wanderers over a two-year contract. --

Bayern Munich have revealed that they may be willing to allow Owen Hargreaves to join Manchester United after all. United could now make their move as manager Sir Alex Ferguson remains a huge fan of Hargreaves. However, chief executive David Gill said this week that the club prefers to do its big business in the summer, not January. --

Ajax attacker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is one of the hottest properties in Europe with Juventus and Werder Bremen believed to be joining the likes of Manchester United and Milan in scouting his talents. --

It's being reported that Newcastle United is interested in signing Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott. --

It's looking even more likely that Dundee United will be signing Shelbourne's Sean Dillon, even though the Eircom club announced earlier this week that a deal had already been done. --

Charlton Athletic manager Alan Pardew has conceded Darren Bent will leave the club if the price is right. The Addicks want well in excess of the £7 million reportedly bid by Tottenham for the England international but his knee injury has led to the South Londoners pondering a huge gamble. --