Gossip column: Busquets, Benzema, Cuadrado, Costa

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 26, is set for contract talks amid interest from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. (Daily Star) 

Real Madrid refuse to rule out selling 27-year-old striker Karim Benzema. (Daily Star) 

Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado

Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado was a hit at the 2014 World Cup for Colombia

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is attempting to push through a deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 30, ahead of the January transfer deadline. (Goal) 

West Brom are edging closer to a £4.5m deal for 23-year-old Wigan winger Callum McManaman. (Daily Mirror) 

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade says his top scorer Kenwyne Jones, 30, will be staying at the club. (Wales Online) 

Chelsea are considering their options after having approaches rejected for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, and Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-year-old forward Douglas Costa. (Goal) 

Tottenham are considering a £5m bid for 22-year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings. (Daily Mirror) 


Winger Nani, 28, believes he could still have a future at Manchester United despite being allowed to spend the entire season on loan at Sporting Lisbon. (Daily Mail) 

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fears his squad's lack of strength in depth may undermine their challenge for the Premier League title. (The Independent) 

Manchester United play "attacking" football under manager Louis van Gaal, claims midfielder Juan Mata. (Manchester Evening News) 

Striker Daniel Sturridge returns to full training ahead of his much-anticipated comeback to the Liverpool first team. (Liverpool Echo) 

Cardiff City centre-back Bruno Manga is to head back to the Bluebirds after Gabon were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations. (Wales Online) 

Former Rangers star Fernando Ricksen has thanked fans for their support as 41,000 turn out for his fundraising tribute match as he battles Motor Neurone Disease. (Herald Scotland) 

Midfielder Jordan Henderson has the ability to take over as Liverpool captain and lead the team for years to come, believes ex-Reds midfielder Jason McAteer. (Talksport) 

Returning Arsenal midfielders Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott put a spring in the step of Arsenal in their FA Cup win at Brighton, says writer Paul Doyle. (The Guardian) 


Tomas Rosicky (left) and Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny   praises Tomas Rosicky (left) for his efforts in Arsenal's win in the FA Cup: With Super Tom - well done my friend Hard game today but we won. Now next round

West Ham's Adrian San Miguel

West Ham's Adrian San Miguel (front) with his team-mates

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey:  In the hat for the next round... thanks to our away support, loud as always.

West Ham keeper Adrian San Miguel  after his side's FA Cup win over Bristol City: Well done boys!! On the way to the next round!

West Ham supporter and comedian Russell Brand:  Man of the match is bloke in high vis who lives behind the goal. (referring to Ben Swift aka Eastend Shedman)

Aston Villa centre-back Jores Okore  praising his team-mate and match-winner in the FA Cup Carles Gil: Good win today, through to the next round- what a goal by Carles Gil.

Former Aston midfielder Ian Taylor:  A good day and 2 great goals!! The best news though is Fabian Delph signing a new deal. Great news. Good lad!!!


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals his love for Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky


One unlucky punter could have won £1m from a £10 bet if Bolton had beaten Liverpool. (Daily Mail)