Gossip column: Messi, Shaqiri, Newcastle, Bony, Hernandez

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27, has sparked speculation that he wants to join Chelsea. (The Sun - subscription required)

Tottenham will test Aston Villa's resolve with a £3m January bid for England midfielder Fabian Delph, 25. (Daily Mirror)

Fabian Delph
Fabian Delph made his England debut against Norway in December

Javier Hernandez will be sold by Manchester United at the end of the season when the 26-year-old's loan deal at Real Madrid ends. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham and Liverpool are ready to do battle for the £20m signature of West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 21. (Independent)

Chelsea's pursuit of Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric is set to end in disappointment with the 23-year-old choosing Leicester City instead of the Blues. (Sky Sports)

The Blues have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool in the race to sign Saint-Etienne's young midfielder Rayan Souici, 16, who has been dubbed the "new Paul Pogba". (Daily Express)

Sunderland could pay Celtic as much as £8m for defender Virgil van Dijk, 23. (Daily Mail)

Wilfried Bony has told Swansea City he would be interested in moving to a Champions League club this month. The 26-year-old, who will be part of Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations bid in January, has interested Premier League champions Manchester City. (Daily Telegraph)

Bruno Martins Indi
Bruno Martins Indi played in the World Cup semi-final as the Netherlands lost to Argentina

Manchester City could lose Micah Richards to Chelsea this summer. The defender, 26, is on loan at Fiorentina but is out of contract at the end of the season. (Guardian)

Inter Milan have beaten Liverpool to sign 23-year-old Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri. (Talksport)

Southampton are considering a move for Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi. The 22-year-old was a target for Saints boss Ronald Koeman in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed the club are interested in signing midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30, from Galatasaray. (Guardian)

Leeds United have offered 17-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook a new contract to fend off interest from Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former England boss Steve McClaren and ex-Lyon coach Remi Garde are the leading contenders for the vacant manager's job at Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle Chronicle
The Chronicle has run a vote on which candidate for the vacant Newcastle job the public would like

However, former Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel topped a vote of all candidates for the Newcastle job in the Newcastle Chronicle. The 41-year-old got 20% of the votes and the paper believes Glenn Hoddle, Real Madrid coach Paul Clement and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe are also under consideration. (Chronicle)

Current interim boss John Carver does not know if he'll be in charge for the Magpies' game against Chelsea on Saturday. (Daily Star)

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been fined £20,000 for smoking in the showers after the New Year's Day defeat at ­Southampton. (Daily Mirror)

Dover have criticised Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew as "arrogant" after he complained about having to walk from the coach drop-off to the Conference side's ground before Sunday's FA Cup match. (The Sun - subscription required)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is likely to keep January transfer activity to a minimum due to the Gunners' improving injury situation. (The Times - subscription required)

Under-pressure Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident he retains the backing of club chairman Bill Kenwright. (The Times - subscription required)

Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher was quick to point out the significance of Steven Gerrard's FA Cup brace against AFC Wimbledon

Johann Cruyff has told Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal to stop moaning about the lack of a winter break in England. Van Gaal voiced his displeasure as United were forced to play twice in under 48 hours between Christmas and New Year. (Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez could replace Brendan Rodgers at the end of the season, admitting he has offers on the table and is unsure of his future at current club Napoli. (Daily Express)

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Lionel Messi is fed up with Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, and feels his boss does not listen to colleagues. (Marca)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was quick to highlight Steven Gerrard's contribution in the Reds' FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon. Gerrard scored twice in a 2-1 victory less than a week after announcing he will leave the club this summer.

Aaron Ramsey
Lukas Podolski will wear the number 11 at Inter Milan

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi fuelled rumours of a potential £200m move to Chelsea by following the Premier League leaders and some of their players on Instagram. The four-time world player of the year, 27, followed ex-Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis, while his girlfriend followed the Blues on Twitter.

It would appear ex-Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa is glad to be back in France. After signing an 18-month deal at Nice following the termination of his contract at St James' Park, he began life at his new home by doing a bit for local tourism. "Discover the city at night to finish the day," tweeted the club along with a vine of Ben Arfa on a Ferris wheel.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey sent a good-luck wish to Lukas Podolski, who completed a loan move to Inter Milan on Monday. Podolski moves to the San Siro until the end of the season. Ramsey tweeted: "Changing room will be a bit quieter without him in it! Good luck Lukas Podolski with your loan move at Inter, going to be missed."

AND FINALLY...

Manchester City centre-back Martin Demichelis has been filmed scoring a stunning volley which former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten would be proud of. (Metro)

Serie A side Sampdoria adopted an unusual kick-off routine in their 3-0 defeat at Lazio on Monday, when nine players lined up along the halfway line. (101greatgoals.com)

Sampdoria
Sampdoria lost 3-0 at Lazio despite their unvonventional kick-off routine

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