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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are considering making a bid for West Ham defender Winston Reid, 25, in January with manager Arsene Wenger having followed the centre-back's progress over the last 18 months.

Winston Reid
New Zealand international Winston Reid joined West Ham in 2010

Full story: Metro

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been offered a £5m-a-year deal by Toronto FC in an attempt to lure the 31-year-old England forward to the MLS, but they face competition from QPR.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool are worried they could lose £8m-rated winger Tom Ince for as little as £155,000 if he moves abroad. Ince, 21, a free agent at the end of the season, can start talking to foreign clubs in January.

Full story: Daily Mail

Defender John Souttar, 17, has turned down a move to Sunderland despite Dundee United's decision to accept a £600,000 offer.

Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool are monitoring 18-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Daniel Amartey, who plays for Djurgarden in Sweden.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal target Will Hughes of Derby County
Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal target Will Hughes of Derby County

The futures of Nani, 26, Anderson, 25, Rafael, 23, and Ashley Young, 28, are all under threat at Manchester United after failing to impress new boss David Moyes.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Derby County want at least £12m in January for midfielder Will Hughes, 18, who is wanted by Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Barcelona are hoping to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 23 - who is also a target for Manchester United and Arsenal - the 'next Xavi'.

Full story: Express

Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato, 24, has confirmed Tottenham failed in a bid to sign him in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has ridiculed reports that striker Mario Balotelli, 23, could join Chelsea in January.

Full story: talkSPORT

OTHER GOSSIP

Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman has yet to commit his future to Wales beyond November

Wales manager and former Crystal Palace centre-back Chris Coleman, 43, wants to take charge at his old club and has become joint-favourite for the vacant job.

Full story: London Evening Standard

FA of Wales chiefs are bracing themselves for an official approach for Coleman and could offer Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy and former Stoke manager Tony Pulis roles in the national set-up.

Full story: Wales Online

England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino, 20, is closing in on a new contract with West Brom which will lift his wages from £850 to £10,000 a week.

Full story: Express and Star

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has revealed the club are in talks with Uefa to stage next summer's Champions League ties in England or Ireland because Parkhead is being used for the Commonwealth Games.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former Aston Villa and Birmingham boss Alex McLeish, 54, has indicated a desire to become Crystal Palace's new manager.

Full story: Guardian

Midfielder Steve Sidwell, 30, has rejected an initial offer of a one-year contract extension at Fulham as he wants a two-year deal.

Full story: Daily Mirror

GLOBAL GOSSIP (Sourced by BBC monitoring)

German side FC Schalke have refused a $6m offer from Italian club Fiorentina for their 18-year-old midfielder Max Meyer, saying they are in talks with the youngster to renew his contract.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Barcelona could make a shock move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas
Barcelona could make a shock move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas

Italian midfielder Thiago Motta, 31, says he is not interested in rumours about him moving to Juventus or Napoli and is focusing on improving at Paris St-Germain.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Barcelona could make a shock move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 32, to replace Victor Valdes.

Full story: La Stampa (in Italian)

German side Hoffenheim have signed Swedish club Malmo's 22-year-old midfielder Jiloan Hamad.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

AND FINALLY

Former Manchester United team-mates Gary Neville, 38, and Ryan Giggs, 39, are opening a restaurant in London which they say will be "inspired by the game". On the menu will be gourmet chicken and mushroom 'pot noodle' and a half-time orange.

Full story: London Evening Standard

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