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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is preparing a bid for Fiorentina's Colombia World Cup wide man Juan Cuadrado, 26, who is unhappy in Italy. (Daily Star)

Tuesday's Daily Express back page
Tuesday's Daily Express back page

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, has returned to Tottenham after compassionate leave but is expected to be farmed out on loan in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Atletico Madrid want to re-sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 30, on loan at AC Milan, but only if he comes for free. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid may have to pay another 3m euros if they want to sign Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva, with his club Cruzeiro demanding 15m euros for the 21-year-old. (Marca)

Arsenal are considering a double swoop for Roma striker Mattia Destro, 23, and Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, 27, in the January transfer window but need to sell first. (Metro)

Manchester United and Chelsea midfield target Kevin Strootman, 24, will not be sold by Italian club Roma in January. (Daily Express)

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is lining up Norwich keeper John Ruddy, 28, as a replacement for dropped Belgian custodian Simon Mignolet, 26. (Daily Star)

Midfielder Alex Song has suggested he would like to make his loan deal at Upton Park into a permanent move from Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Italian World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso, 36, wants to return to Glasgow to manage Rangers when Ally McCoist leaves the club. (Daily Mail)

Daily Mirror
Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page

Liverpool's owners will carry out a review of their signing policy, with the club's transfer committee in the firing line following the recruitment of a number of under-performing players last summer. (Sun - subscription required)

Injury-hit Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has become the latest Premier league manager to call for a winter break.(Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 22, reckons the club's tough new fitness regime under manager Mauricio Pochettino is responsible for their run of dramatic late victories over Hull, Aston Villa and Swansea. (Guardian)

QPR face an anxious wait as they prepare for the possibility of a legal battle with the Football League over any breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations during their time in the Championship last season. (Times - subscription required)

Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed he would be happy to take over from under-fire Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. (Daily Express)

Craig Gardner, West Brom's match-winner against Aston Villa, says under-fire manager Alan Irvine will lead the Baggies up the Premier League table. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince has urged Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers to get rid of mis-firing striker Mario Balotelli, 24. (Talksport)

Reading want former West Brom manager Steve Clarke as replacement for Nigel Adkins, who was sacked by the club on Monday. (Sun - subscription required)

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson believes his side and Accrington Stanley are vying for a £250,000 windfall when they face each other in the FA Cup second round on Tuesday for the right to face Manchester United in round three. (Independent)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Lionel Messi's Facebook post
Lionel Messi's Facebook post

Manchester United's injured midfielder Daley Blind has saluted his former club Ajax's award as Netherlands sports team of the year and his own sportsman of the year of Amsterdam.

Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is looking forward to facing Paris St-Germain in the Champions League once again. And he's looking forward to a similar result.

After Manchester City were drawn to face Barcelona in the Champions League, the Spanish club's star striker Lionel Messi took to Facebook to say he was looking forward to facing Argentina team-mate and City forward Sergio Aguero in the tie, while also mocking him for his abilities on the Fifa football video game.

AND FINALLY...

Brazil striker Neymar has revealed why he turned down Manchester City's repeated transfer bids before joining Spanish giants Barcelona - he did not fancy playing in the English mud. (Daily Telegraph)

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