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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are preparing a £31.2m bid for unsettled Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, 26, in January. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

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Chelsea want Everton's Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman, 25, to be their next right-back. (Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have been given a boost in their pursuit of German international Marco Reus, 25, after he informed Borussia Dortmund he will not renew his contract with them. (Daily Star Sunday)

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, 24, has yet to sign a new contract at the club, with Arsenal and Everton mulling over making a move for the new England star. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham will look to sell striker Andy Carroll, 25, when the transfer window reopens in the New Year. (Mail on Sunday)

Tottenham are plotting a January move for Valencia's 21-year-old striker Paco Alcacer, who has a £15m release clause in his contract. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are lining up a bid for Malaga star Vitorino Antunes, 27, to bolster their ailing defensive resources. (Sunday Express)

Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly phoned Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, this week and urged the Real Madrid forward to re-join Manchester United. (Metro)

OTHER GOSSIP

Randy Lerner may now be willing to sell Aston Villa for £100m - half of what was thought to be the original asking price when he put the Premier League club up for sale in May. (Sunday Telegraph)

Liverpool are preparing to open contract talks with forward Raheem Sterling, 19, to ward off interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid. (Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says it is too early to judge new £32m defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23, after he scored an own goal and conceded a penalty against Hull. (Manchester Evening News)

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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, 34, has hit back at the critics who have suggested he might be finished, saying "it is nice to remind people I can still run". (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has played down "joke" comments from Mike Ashley that he has just one game to save his job. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)

The Scottish Football Association has postponed its hearing into allegations of racism against Celtic midfielder Aleksandar Tonev, 24, because of the Bulgarian's international commitments. (Sunday Express)

Burnley striker Marvin Sordell, 23, says one of his most prized possessions is a Great Britain 2012 Olympic football shirt signed by Ryan Giggs. (Observer)

Manchester United defender Rafael, 24, has admitted he will sleep well on Saturday night after laying to rest the nightmare of their defeat by Leicester with a 2-1 win over West Ham. (Daily Star Sunday)

Former Barcelona, Tottenham and England boss Terry Venables says the experience of selling Diego Maradona and Paul Gascoigne during his career means he understands just how much Liverpool are currently missing Luis Suarez. (Independent on Sunday)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes defender Phil Jagielka's last-gasp wonder strike in the Merseyside derby is the best goal he has ever seen live. (Liverpool Echo)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed via Twitter that he is closing in on a return to fitness following the thigh injury he suffered while with England earlier this month. "I'm closer to fitness each day and working hard to return to help the team," he wrote.

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Fraizer Campbell scored as Crystal Palace beat Leicester 2-0 on Saturday

Crystal Palace striker Fraizer Campbell has enjoyed a bit of banter at team-mate Martin Kelly's expense following the latter's attempt at a cross during Saturday's 2-0 win over Leicester. He wrote: "Did any one collect Martin Kelly's cross from the M25?!?"

Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone described his side's start in the 4-2 home defeat by Manchester City as "shocking". He wrote: "Tough afternoon today. Shocking start from us but after that we gave as good as we got I thought."

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is waiting to find out the extent of the back injury that forced him off during his side's 2-1 win over West Ham. "I hope my back is fine soon," he tweeted.

AND FINALLY

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Manchester United fans paid for a plane to fly this banner in Real Madrid's La Liga game with Villarreal

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watched his team's defeat at Brentford on the front row of the Leeds away support at Griffin Park, posing for pictures with supporters and queuing up to buy a hotdog. (Observer)

Cellino has sacked consultant Graham Bean after a dispute over when next week's Championship match against Reading will be played. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

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