Gossip column: De Gea, Lucas, Sanogo, Berahino, Giovinco

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid have made the first move to secure Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea as the long-term successor to Iker Casillas, contacting the 24-year-old's representatives about a possible £30m summer move. (Daily Mirror)

David De Gea
De Gea signed for Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011

Manchester United will offer De Gea a £140,000-a-week contract to convince him to turn down any interest from the European champions. (Daily Star)

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne is also interesting Manchester United again with the club looking to coax the 23-year-old out of his current deal at St Mary's. (Daily Mirror)

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has backed owner Tony Fernandes's decision to restrict the QPR manager to loan signings in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, is set to sign for Crystal Palace on loan in January, turning down a rival offer from Hull. (Metro)

Liverpool are weighing up allowing midfielder Lucas to leave for Inter Milan, with the Italian side set to offer £7m for the 28-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

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Newcastle are considering cancelling their season-long loan of Facundo Ferreyra, 23, from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk - before the striker has even played a game for the Magpies. (Talksport)

West Brom have made an approach for Watford striker Troy Deeney, 26, increasing speculation that fellow striker Saido Berahino could be heading out of the Hawthorns. (Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is considering a move for Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney, 31, whose contract at the Championship club expires in the summer. (Daily Record)

Tottenham have switched their sights to Juventus' 27-year-old Italy international Sebastian Giovinco in their search for a January striking recruit. (Fichajes.net)

Sunderland are hoping agree a fee for out-of-form striker Jozy Altidore, 25, to return to the United States before the end of the January transfer window with three MLS clubs said to be interested in signing him. (Guardian)

Southampton have offered a new contract to midfielder Jack Cork, 25, whose current deal expires in the summer. (Southern Daily Echo)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia is a surprise candidate to replace Barcelona boss Luis Enrique if he is ousted from the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)

John Carver
Newcastle lost to Leicester in the FA Cup third round in Carver's last match in charge

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's biggest problem is his lack of confidence with the ball at his feet rather than with his hands. (Guardian)

On-loan Derby striker Darren Bent, 30, does not believe he has any future at parent club Aston Villa while Paul Lambert is manager. (Daily Express)

Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver has told the club's managing director Lee Charnley they can't afford to wait much longer for a new permanent boss.(Evening Chronicle)

New West Brom boss Tony Pulis says 21-year-old striker Saido Berahino starts on a clean slate with him but needs discipline to make it to the top of the game. (Birmingham Mail)

Brendan Rodgers believes 20-year-old winger Raheem Sterling's mid-season break in Jamaica will mean he is recharged and ready to spearhead Liverpool's pursuit of glory in the second half of the season.(Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham can keep beating the Premier League's best after stunning Chelsea, says manager Mauricio Pochettino. (London Evening Standard)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Ashley Young on Twitter

Winger Ashley Young suddenly finds himself with no team-mates for company in a usually busy Manchester United physio room.

Jose Enrique Instagram picture
Jordan and Jose ready for take-off

West Ham will publish a special retro edition of their programme for the FA Cup third-round replay against Everton on Tuesday. (PML Sports)

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has some educational advice. "Being the coolest kid at school doesn't mean much. You're cool by being clever, listening in class and achieving in life," he tweeted.

Team-mates Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique looked geared up for Liverpool's Premier League trip to Sunderland on Saturday as this Instagram picture of the pair on their team flight shows.

AND FINALLY...

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's decision to send assistant Steve Holland to do his media duties on Friday almost backfired spectacularly with the entire Blues squad apparently being put up for sale with a slip of the tongue. (Metro)

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