Gossip column: Hummels, Lloris, Cerci, Lichtsteiner, Aarons

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United plan to beat Arsenal to the signing of Borussia Dortmund and Germany centre-back Mats Hummels, 25, in a £47m deal next summer. (Daily Star)

Manchester City are tracking Juventus' Switzerland international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, 30, and could let 21-year-old Matija Nastasic go the opposite way. (Manchester Evening News)

Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels has been at Borussia Dortmund since 2009

Real Madrid want Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 27, rather than Spain international David de Gea, 24, who will stay at Manchester United. (Daily Express)

Arsenal are among the clubs interested in signing Newcastle's England Under-20 winger Rolando Aarons, 19. (Daily Star)

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is among those contemplating a January move for Galatasaray's Portuguese forward Bruma, 20, when the transfer window re-opens in January. (Northern Echo)

Manchester United and Arsenal want to sign Italian forward Alessio Cerci, 27, who is surplus to requirements at Atletico Madrid despite only signing for the La Liga champions from Torino last summer. (Daily Express)

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, has applied to knock down his Surrey mansion and build a new one complete with staff suite, leading some to speculate he may be returning south when his contract expires at the end of the season. (The Sun - subscription required)

Other reports suggest Johnson is set to quit Anfield in the summer after being offered a new two-year deal on half of his £120,000 a week wages. (Daily Mirror)

Reading have been given the option to buy Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray when his loan period ends on January, but it is being reported that promotion hopefuls Derby are preparing a £3.5m offer for the 31-year-old.(Croydon Advertiser)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday after recovering well from a dislocated finger sustained on international duty with Spain.(Daily Mail)

Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay has been out of work since being sacked by Cardiff City at the end of December 2013

Wigan are set to interview Malky Mackay about their managerial vacancy, despite an on-going investigation by the Football Association into alleged misconduct by the former Cardiff boss.(Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is determined not to be forced out of White Hart Lane if, as has been reported, Spurs look to sell the 30-year-old Togo international in January.(Daily Telegraph)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes midfielder Gareth Barry, 33, could still be playing for England. (Liverpool Echo)

Police arrested at least a dozen senior figures in French football amid separate inquiries into allegations of match-fixing and fraud and among the deals reportedly under scrutiny are the sale by Marseilles of Samir Nasri to Arsenal in 2008 and of Didier Drogba to Chelsea in 2004.(The Times - subscription required)

Wednesday's Daily Mail back page
Wednesday's Daily Mail back page

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria hopes to be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday after needing an X-ray on a foot injury sustained in Argentina's defeat against Portugal at Old Trafford.(The Guardian)

A Standard Sport poll has revealed nearly 70% of Tottenham fans would be put off going to see them play if the club followed through with a proposed moved to Milton Keynes while they are building their new stadium next to White Hart Lane.(Evening Standard)

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is a fitness doubt for Sunday's trip to Crystal Palace after picking up a minor hamstring injury on international duty which kept him out of England's win in Scotland.(Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the club are still keen to promote their own players, despite spending over £150m on overseas talent this season.(Manchester Evening News)

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is set to tone down training to avoid any more self-inflicted injuries.(The Sun - subscription required)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

England full-back Nathaniel Clyne shared his joy at being part of England's 3-1 win over Scotland at Celtic Park, saying on Twitter: "It's been a great experience and I've enjoyed every minute of it."

Jack Wilshere enjoyed his night in Scotland, posting a picture on hisInstagram accountof England's players celebrating Wayne Rooney first goal in their 3-1 win and praising the backing of the travelling supporters with the message: "Unbelievable atmosphere at Celtic Park! Thanks to all the English fans that made it a special night for us....Great win! #ENG #3Lions"

AND FINALLY

England assistant coach Gary Neville took off Jack Wilshere's headphones in an attempt to communicate with the midfielder before the victory at Celtic Park.(Daily Mail)

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also appeared to be in a world of his own as he ignored England's pre-match huddle at Celtic Park, but was quickly back on track as he set England on the way to a 3-1 win over Scotland.(Metro)

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