Gossip column: Ronaldo, Bender, Schurrle, Kramer, Koke, Lampard

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United will have to battle Barcelona for the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo next summer after the Catalan side ramped up their interest in the 29-year-old Real Madrid forward. (Daily Star)

Lars Bender
Lars Bender has won 18 caps for Germany

Arsenal have set their sights on a move for 27-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are set to make a £25m bid for Chelsea's 24-year-old forward Andre Schurrle, but they face stiff competition from Tottenham. (Daily Express)

Major League Soccer side New York expect midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, to join up with them for pre-season training in the new year and not extend his loan spell with Manchester City. (The Sun - subscription required)

Manchester United are keen on signing £7.5m Brazilian striker Douglas Coutinho, 20, from Atletico Paranaense. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal and Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of West Ham defender Winston Reid, with the Hammers ready to sell the 26-year-old New Zealander if he does not commit to a new deal.(Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are ready to sell 30-year-old Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer, 23 says he is interested in a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs all reported to be keen. (Daily Star)

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Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus have joined Premier League sides Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in showing an interest in West Brom's England U21 striker Saido Berahino, 21. (The Sun - subscription required)

Out-of-favour West Brom defender Gareth McAuley, 34, admits he is hoping to catch the attention of other clubs with his performances for Northern Ireland in the international window. (Express and Star)

Aston Villa defender Enda Stevens, 24, says he wants to make his loan switch to Doncaster Rovers permanent. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester City and Chelsea could miss out on reported target Koke of Atletico Madrid, with Barcelona stepping up their attempts to land the 22-year-old Spanish midfielder. (Talksport)

West Brom are prepared to let reserve goalkeeper Luke Daniels, 26, go out on loan. (Sky Sports)

New Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is weighing up January loan moves for a host of Premier League players, including Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, 21, Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches, 25, and Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, 22. (Football Italia)

However, Nastasic has been offered to Arsenal and Tottenham for a cut-price £5m. (Goal.com)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has advised his rival for the number 1 jersey, Petr Cech, to seek a move away from the club. (Daily Mail)

Fraser Forster (left) and Joe Hart
Roy Hodgson says Southampton keeper Fraser Forster could put pressure on Joe Hart for the England goalkeeper's spot

England manager Roy Hodgson says Joe Hart's status as first-choice goalkeeper for the national team is far from guaranteed. (Daily Mirror)

England captain Wayne Rooney says he almost quit football as a teenager. (The Times - subscription required)

The average Premier League salary has risen to £2.3m. (Telegraph)

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits it "kills" him to talk about Wayne Rooney's achievements at Manchester United. (Independent)

QPR goalkeeper Rob Green says he would like to become a football club chief executive when he stops playing. (Guardian)

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says the players, not manager Mauricio Pochettino, must take the blame for Spurs' poor form. (Evening Standard)

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes Wayne Rooney may have cost England their best chance of World Cup success. (Talksport)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Adnan Januzaj (left) and Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United midfelder Marouane Fellaini tweeted this photo of him with club colleague Adnan Januzaj on Belgium duty

West Ham striker Andy Carroll got Newcastle United fans talking after posting a picture of St James' Park on his Instagram page.

Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron has tweeted to encourage American pop star Ariana Grande to produce a Christmas album.

AND FINALLY

Everton defender John Stones is top of the Premier League when it comes to charity work, according to a new report. (Liverpool Echo)

Coventry City were left embarrassed after their club shop sold training shirts featuring the branding of rival club Leicester City. (Telegraph)

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