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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are closing on a deal for Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. The 22-year-old Spaniard's contract expires in the summer but managing director Ian Ayre flew to Spain on Thursday in an attempt to push a deal through in January.

Full story: Daily Express

Martin Montoya
Montoya has started five league games this season.

Chelsea are considering a loan move for Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao, 25, with Jose Mourinho wanting the option to buy permanently in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham want to sign Basel winger Mohamed Salah. The Egypt international, 21, was watched by Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini in the Swiss side's 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek.

Full story: Daily Star

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is certain that Leighton Baines has not played his final game for the club. The 28-year-old England left-back, who is out until the new year after suffering a foot injury, is wanted by Manchester United, who could bid for him in January.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle are set to move for Netherlands Under-21 goalkeeper Warner Hahn. The 21-year-old FC Dordrecht player has also been watched by Roma, Lazio and Genoa.

Full story: Metro

Ryan Gauld
Gauld has been nicknamed 'Mini Messi'.

Arsenal are to watch Dundee United youngster Ryan Gauld when the 17-year-old Scot faces Kilmarnock on Friday night. Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are also interested.

Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham are hoping to sign Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac in January regardless of injured striker Andy Carroll's fitness. The 27-year-old France international is on a list of 20 possible targets.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal and Roma have both made bids for Barcelona's Paraguayan forward Tonny Sanabria, 17. The youngster has a £2.5m release clause in his contract. The Gunners are also interested in Real Madrid's Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, 21, and Schalke's German midfielder Max Meyer, 18.

Full story: Daily Mail

Hull and Crystal Palace are targeting Nantes striker Filip Djordjevic, 26, who has impressed in Ligue 1 this season with eight goals in 14 appearances.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Yohan Cabaye
Cabaye refused to play for Newcastle following interest from Arsenal in August.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has no fears that French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, and Argentina defender Fabricio Coloccini, 31, are trying to leave the Magpies.

Full story: Guardian

But Newcastle may find it difficult to keep Cabaye, with fears his agent may urge interested clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool to bid in January.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has joked that he will miss training on Friday to avoid the pranks of his team-mates on his 40th birthday.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet pleads with on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, 22, for patience after reports in Italy suggested he wanted to a loan move to Italy before the World Cup.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Liverpool winger Victor Moses, 22, claims he can score 20 goals for Liverpool this season, despite having just 21 league goals in his career so far.

Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

Borussia Dortmund's kitman had to buy a shirt from the club shop for Sven Bender after the German midfielder, 24, covered three spares in blood after suffering a broken nose in the 3-1 win over Napoli.

Full story: Metro

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