Gossip column: Redknapp, Cole, Sneijder, Keane, Hazard, Di Maria

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is interested in Stoke's Peter Crouch, 33, and Toronto's Jermain Defoe, 32, as he chases a new striker (Daily Mirror)

Roma's former England defender Ashley Cole, 33, has dismissed reports linking him with a return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.(Daily Express)

But Palace manager Neil Warnock has confirmed his interest in signing Cole.(Daily Star)

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is trying to sign Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30.(Daily Mirror)

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 25, has attracted interest from Italian club Atalanta. (Talksport)

Bolton manager and former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is considering a loan move for Rangers winger David Templeton, 25, in the January transfer window.(Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner's future at Etihad Stadium is in doubt as he stalls on a new contract. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane blamed midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, for stories alleging he had a bust-up with Villa's players. (The Sun - subscription required)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 23, is close to finalising a new £200,000-a-week deal which would make him the club's highest-paid player. (Daily Telegraph)

Thursday's Daily Mirror back page

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, claims the current team could become the best in the club's history.(Mirror)

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says defender Ahmed Elmohamady, 27, will be vital to his side's prospects of avoiding relegation from the Premier League. (Daily Star)

Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett, 29, says money will count for nothing when his side face Manchester United in the FA Cup third round.(Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward, 25, has verbally agreed a new deal.(Daily Express)

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 26, has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no plans to bolster his squad during the January transfer window. (Talksport)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has warned of "panic and heart attacks" at the club unless owner Ellis Short funds the purchase of "quality players" in January. (Daily Mirror)

Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says "promises were not kept" during his time at White Hart Lane, resulting in the club signing players who "did not fit the profile" he wanted.(London's Evening Standard)

Sheffield Wednesday striker Jacques Maghoma, 27, wants to sign a new deal with the Championship side. (Sheffield Star)

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says striker Sergio Aguero, 26, is winning his battle to be fit for the Premier League match against Chelsea next month. (Manchester Evening News)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

"It was an honour to have played with you @ThierryHenry," tweeted former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie following the Frenchman's retirement. "Thanks for all you have given to football. What you have achieved will live on for many years. A true football man, a Legend!"

AND FINALLY...

More Liverpool fans voted for ex-Manchester United right-back Gary Neville than former Reds defender Jamie Carragher in a poll to discover their favourite pundit. (Metro)

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