Lewis Holtby
Lewis Holtby is desperate to leave Tottenham before the deadline.

Best rumour of the day

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby wants out and wants out now according to agent Marcus Noack.

The 23-year-old German moved to the north London side from Schalke a year ago but Noack says he wants to leave before Friday's transfer deadline.

"My feeling is that he will leave but it's not in our hands at the moment," said Noack.

"Tottenham have to agree to let him go first.

"We hope to find a solution in the next couple of days."

Holtby's desperation to leave the club hasn't been helped by the fact that Spurs, who bought the midfielder for £1.25m, claim to want between £8m - £10m before they'll agree to a move.

Noack added: "I think it will be a loan because it is difficult for anyone to buy Lewis."

Worst rumour of the day

Newcastle's £11m bid for Lyon's Clement Grenier has been snubbed by the French club after the midfielder said he is happy where he is.

Newcastle targeted Grenier following the sale of Yohan Cabaye, recently signed by Paris Saint Germain.

Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear is thought to be preparing an improved bid although this may be rather trivial as the 23-year-old has excplcity expressed his desire to stay in France.

"I haven't got a lot to say on that subject. I'm not aware of Newcastle negotiations," said Grenier.

"I have lots of objectives and I need to achieve them with Lyon this year.

"I can nearly say I'm not going to Newcastle."

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The countdown begins, the pressure builds and the final deadline approaches in this month's transfer window.

These final 24 hours will be most crucial to those desperately trying to close last-minute deals as football fans around the world watch the drama unfold.

While the gossip circles around the elusive Julian Draxler other clubs are quietly going about their business under the rumour radar.

Argentinia international Ignacio Scocco has signed for Sunderland from Internacional, Arsenal's Benik Afobe is out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and Iranian forward Reza Ghoochannejhad leaves Standard Liege for Charlton while loan deals are completed left right and centre.