Gossip column: Ronaldo, Miranda, Lampard, Sterling, Vertonghen

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Friday's Daily Star back page
The back page of Friday's Daily Star

Manchester United will have to pay an astonishing £160m to bring Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, back to Old Trafford.(Daily Star)

Alternatively, Ronaldo's wages could account for £79m over four years with a fee of about £60m, making the total cost in the region of £140m. (Sun - requires subscription)

Factoring in image rights, loyalty bonuses and other incentives, the true cost could be £200m.(Daily Mirror)

New York City FC will oppose any move from Manchester City to keep midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, at the club beyond January. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are preparing to offer midfielder Juan Mata, 26, to Atletico Madrid in exchange for 30-year-old defender Miranda. (Daily Express)

Indian club Pune want to sign Red Devils midfielder Anderson, 26, before the start of the Indian Super League in less than three weeks' time. (Daily Star)

Hull City are close to reaching an agreement with Blackpool over 22-year-old forward Tom Ince, who left the Seasiders after his contract ran out in the summer. Blackpool are entitled to compensation because he is under 23.(Sky Sports)

OTHER GOSSIP

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, says he wants to emulate sportsmen he admires like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan by performing in every game.(Daily Express)

Michael Jordan
Romelu Lukaku says he wants to emulate sportsmen like Michael Jordan

Meanwhile, Toffees midfielder James McCarthy, 23, says last season's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool was the lowest point of his career on Merseyside to date, and he is determined to "make amends" in Saturday's derby at Anfield.(Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is convinced England winger Raheem Sterling, 19, will sign a new contract at Anfield amid reports Real Madrid are preparing to lure him to Spain.(Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham's Belgium international defender Jan Vertonghen, 27, insists he is happy at the club despite deciding not to sign a new contract. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, has hit back at reports that Louis van Gaal tried to force him out of Old Trafford, insisting he was simply told to fight for his place.(Metro)

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he will look to strengthen his squad in January after holding talks with owner Randy Lerner about the best way forward in the next transfer window.(Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen won the Dutch title twice with Ajax before moving to Spurs in 2012

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, 25, could be called to give evidence in an investigation into match-fixing by Spanish authorities. There is no suggestion that Herrera is involved in any wrongdoing.(Daily Mirror)

League One Coventry City have seen a surge in season ticket salessince the club's return to the Ricoh Arenaearlier this month, with 4,650 sold. (Coventry Telegraph)

Former Tottenham midfielder Darren Anderton, 42, fears the club's lack of serious scoring options will cost them a top-four finish.(Talksport)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, has posted a video capturing his first month at Anfield. The footage shows a front page of an Italian sports paper with the headline 'Bye bye' on the day he left Milan, his welcome at Liverpool and a collage of images of him in action for his new side.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, posts a picture of himself wearing the team shirt of the Denver Nuggets basketball team, who play in the NBA, with the message: "Thank you Denver Nuggets for this cool shirt."

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil showed off his new Denver Nuggets basketball shirt

AND FINALLY

Southampton players asked to give up their day off this week so that they could undergo extra training ahead of Saturday's game against QPR. The Saints are second in the Premier League table. (Southern Daily Echo)

The post-match meal preferences of Barcelona's players have been revealed after a copy of the club's menu sheet was leaked before their draw against Malaga on Wednesday. Lionel Messi loves to tuck into a pizza after matches, while defender Gerard Pique helps himself to a chocolate spread sandwich. (Daily Mail)

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