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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who is eligible for re-election in 2016, has suggested the possibility of recruiting Real Madrid's 29-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo. (Le Figaro - in French)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta would like to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the club

Tottenham scouts flew to Argentina last week to watch Colombian River Plate striker Teo Gutierrez, 29. (Daily Mirror)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman wants to sign Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi, 22, from Porto in January. (Sun - subscription required)

Chelsea lead the race for Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus, 25, and could offer forward Andre Schurrle, 24, in exchange to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to the deal.(Daily Express)

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34, will switch Merseyside for the San Siro by joining Inter Milan in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, 30, says he would have considered going back to West Ham only if he had 20 more playing years. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Barcelona are keeping a close watch on Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa as the current manager of the Catalan club, Luis Enrique, has failed to live up to expectations. (Le Figaro - in French)

Juventus will go all-out during the January transfer window to recruit Barcelona's 31-year-old Brazil defender Dani Alves. (AS.com - in Spanish)

Brazilian forward Ronaldinho, 34, could leave Mexican club Queretaro to join LA Galaxy as a replacement for United States midfielder Landon Donovan, 32. (L'Equipe - in French)

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus
Germany international Marco Reus could be in line for a move to Chelsea

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 26, is eyeing a move away from Old Trafford, with former suitors Paris St-Germain uppermost in his thoughts. (Daily Star)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists forward Lukas Podolski, 29, is not for sale in January. (Goal.com)

Former Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard says he is "absolutely sure" that fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, 28, will return to the Premier League from Paris St-Germain in January.(Newcastle Chronicle)

OTHER GOSSIP

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has accused Everton boss Roberto Martinez of putting pressure on his Irish players to miss international matches. (Daily Mail)

Gareth Bale's agent admitted Manchester United offered more money for the Welshman than Real Madrid, but the 25-year-old forward had his heart set on Spain. (InsideFutbol.com)

Real Madrid and Wales midfielder Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale rejected Manchester United for a switch to Spain and Real Madrid

Brazil legend Pele, 74, has been discharged from a hospital in Sao Paulo after undergoing surgery to remove a kidney stone. (Marca)

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is undergoing an intensive fitness programme at the club's Carrington training ground during the international break so that he can finally get himself into peak condition.(Daily Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 24, has revealed he went on strike to force his £16m move from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.(Sun - subscription required)

England striker Wayne Rooney is desperate for a win over Scotland on Tuesday so he can wind up former Manchester United managers David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson. (Daily Record)

Arsenal and France defender Mathieu Debuchy, 29, is close to a return to action after being sidelined with an ankle injury in September. (Daily Mirror)

Cardiff City are to consider letting midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, leave the club after manager Russell Slade admitted the move to Wales has not quite worked for the England Under-21 international, who is on loan from West Ham.(Western Mail)

Uefa officials forced Slovenia to take a bus to Wembley for their international with England - even though they were staying at a hotel just 50 metres from the stadium entrance.(Daily Mail)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Argentina squad training in Carrington
Messi and co get ready for training at Carrington

Footballers past and present were tweeting their support for former Fulham, Hull and Wigan midfielder Jimmy Bullard as he made his debut in reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Argentina's players appeared in good spirits as they trained at Manchester City's Carrington complex ahead of their friendly against Portugal on Tuesday.

Manchester United Daley Blind shared his frustration on Instagram at being injured during Netherlands' 6-0 win against Latvia.

AND FINALLY

Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on Pointless
Armstrong and Osman proved more of a Saturday night draw for viewers than England's footballers

More people watched the BBC quiz show Pointless than tuned in to England's Euro 2016 qualifier on ITV against Slovenia on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Turkish club Genclerbirligi have banned players from growing beards, with anyone flouting the facial hair rule liable for a £7,000 fine. (Guardian)

To celebrate the arrival of David Moyes, Real Sociedad is raffling the scarf the former Manchester United manager wore during his official presentation at the side's Anoeta stadium.

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