Gossip column: Mata, Hernandez, Cech, Suarez, Milner, Vlaar

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Juventus are considering a January bid for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, 26, who is also wanted by his former club Valencia. (Daily Express)

Petr Cech
Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004

The Italian side could also move for Manchester United's Mexico international Javier Hernandez. The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Real Madrid, who have the option to buy him. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid are planning a January swoop for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who has lost his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois, 22. (Evening Standard)

Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, now in charge at Napoli, is eyeing Manchester City's James Milner, 28, and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, 23, says he will be happy to stay in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart if Jose Mourinho is unable to guarantee him a future at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun - subscription required)

Aston Villa will have to double Ron Vlaar's wages to prevent Manchester United signing the 29-year-old Netherlands defender, who is out of contract in the summer and is also thought to be interesting Tottenham, Everton and Roma. (Daily Star)

The agent of Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 21, claims he will hold talks with Arsenal in November over a possible move. (Daily Mail)

Versatile Tottenham youngster Milos Veljkovic, 19, is poised to join Middlesbrough on a three-month loan deal. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are weighing up a move for Fiorentina's 21-year-old striker Ante Rebic next summer after the Croatian caught the eye of the club's scouts against England Under-21s. (Talksport)

OTHER GOSSIP

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, 27, claims Liverpool would never have mounted their unexpected title challenge last season without him. (Daily Mirror)

Daily Mirror back page
Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

Ex-Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes agrees with England manager Roy Hodgson's claim that 19-year-old Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling does not need two days to recover after a matches. (Independent)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez remains confident record £28m signing Romelu Lukaku, 21, can cope with the expectation on his shoulders despite not being at his best so far this season. (Liverpool Echo)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, 43, says the prospect of getting the sack does not worry him even though the Clarets are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season. (The Times - subscription required)

Jan Vertonghen, 27, was overlooked for the Tottenham captaincy after head coach Mauricio Pochettino consulted his squad on which player deserved the armband. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 26, has emerged unscathed from international duty with Spain. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho suggested Costa should miss Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg to rest a thigh injury. (Guardian)

Former Swansea midfielder Andrea Orlandi, 30, now at Blackpool, says replacing Michael Laudrup with Garry Monk was the "best decision" his old club have made. (South Wales Evening Post)

Former Newcastle chairman Sir John Hall has urged the club's supporters to put aside their anger aside and back the team. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace will move boss Neil Warnock into a director of football role if they can find the right man to replace him. (The Sun - subscription required)

Southampton are facing a battle to hang on to boss Ronald Koeman after he was touted for the Netherlands job following their poor start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign under Guus Hiddink. (Daily Mirror)

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes 29-year-old Senegal forward Papiss Cisse's goals can keep the club up. (Newcastle Chronicle)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, used his Instagram account to praise Graziano Pelle, 29, for his winning goal against Malta, despite the Southampton forward taking his place in the Italy squad.

England and Manchester United Wayne Rooney, 28, was delighted for former Old Trafford team-mate John O'Shea, 33, after his late equaliser for the Republic of Ireland against Germany. He tweeted: "Delighted for John O'Shea celebrates 100 caps with a great goal. Well done mate."

World number one golfer Rory McIlory tweeted his delighted at Northern Ireland's perfect start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. The 25-year-old wrote: "What a result for @OfficialIrishFA in Greece!"

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, has become the first athlete to have 100m Facebook followers. (Daily Mail)

AND FINALLY

A young France fan who wanted the shirt of Paul Pogba, 21, rejected the Juventus midfielder's offer of his shorts instead following the Euro 2016 qualifier against Armenia. (Metro)

A lookalike for 26-year-old Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski in the United States has been trying to land dates with girls after pretending to be the Poland international. (Daily Mirror)

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