Gossip column: Sneijder, Lennon, Cech, Ayoze, Bent, Icardi

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, 30, is set to join Championship side Brighton on loan with the club's record signing unable to get playing time under manager Paul Lambert. (Daily Express)

Wednesday back page of The Sun
Wednesday's back page of the Sun

Wesley Sneijder's agent has revealed he will hold talks with Galatasaray chiefs following the 30-year-old Dutch midfielder's recent omission from the Turkish side's squad, and Manchester United could be ready to make a move. (Daily Star)

Southampton are interested in signing FC Twente forward Jesus Corona, with the 21-year-old Mexico international valued at about £2.5m. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have joined Chelsea and Liverpool in the battle to sign Inter Milan's 21-year-old striker Mauro Icardi. (Daily Express)

Hull City are looking to sign Spurs winger Aaron Lennon, 27, in January. A move to the KC Stadium would see him link up with former Tottenham team-mates Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Michael Dawson. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are ready to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, and Norwich winger Nathan Redmond, 20, in a £47m triple deal in the January transfer window. (Metro)

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, has been usurped by Thibaut Courtois and is prepared to wait until next summer for a move as he wants to join a club that will want him as their first choice keeper. (Evening Standard)

Stoke boss Mark Hughes does not expect to have money to spend in the January transfer window and thinks he will have to wait until next summer to add to his squad. (Sun - subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could play midfielder Steven Gerrard, 34, in a more advanced role against Ludogorets Razgrad to help combat his team's scoring problems. (Independent)

Ayoze Perez
Perez has impressed at Newcastle since moving from Tenerife this season

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has received a major injury boost after midfielder Ander Herrera and defender Jonny Evans came through a reserve match unscathed on Tuesday as they come back from injury. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faces ankle ligament surgery and the 22-year-old could be sidelined for as long as three months.(Guardian)

Alan Curbishley has turned down an approach to make a return to Fulham as director of football after the two parties were unable to agree on a financial package. (Daily Mail)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Tony Bellew's new boots
Tony Bellew's new boots

After his win over Nathan Cleverly last weekend in their cruiserweight title bout in Liverpool, boxer and Everton fan Tony Bellew is pleased to swap boxing gloves for football boots.

"Time to get these on again tonight!" he tweeted. "I've missed playing footy with the lads so much! Thanks to @RomeluLukaku9."

AND FINALLY

Newcastle's Spanish striker Ayoze Perez, 21, has been combining fish n'chips with gym work to help him bulk up to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League.(Sun - subscription required)

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