Gossip column: Ings, Higuain, Mirallas, Falcao, Ronaldo, Gestede

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

David Moyes has made the in-demand Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, one of his main targets this summer at Real Sociedad, with the Englishman available on a free transfer and pursued by a number of Premier League clubs. (Independent)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be given the go-ahead to spend another £150m on transfers in January. (Daily Mirror)

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Friday's Sun back page

Italian giants Juventus and Roma want to sign 28-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, whose Manchester United future is in doubt. (Daily Star)

Roma would be willing to listen to a "stupid" offer for Manchester United midfield target Kevin Strootman, 24, according to the club's president James Pallotta. (Talksport)

Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas, 27, has suspended contract talks at the club, alerting the Premier League and Europe's top clubs. (Daily Mirror)

Legia Warsaw have confirmed Krystian Bielik will fly to London on Friday to have a medical at Arsenal, after the Gunners agreed a fee for the 17-year-old midfielder, who said he was "going to London to fulfil my dreams". (London Evening Standard)

Gonzalo Higuain's brother and agent insists he has not spoken to Liverpool and claims the 27-year-old Argentina striker is happy at Napoli. (Daily Mail)

Real Sociedad boss David Moyes has compared Adnan Januzaj to Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, but says he has no plans to sign the 20-year-old Manchester United winger on loan.(ESPN)

Manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the possibility of 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva leaving Liverpool during the current transfer window. (Times - subscription required)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has refused to dismiss speculation linking him with moves for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29, and 28-year-old Liverpool defender Jose Enrique.(Daily Star)

Hull City are not about to make a £4m bid for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede, 26 - the loan market remains their top priority instead. (Hull Daily Mail)

Aston Villa's pursuit of midfielder Scott Sinclair, 25, has stalled because of Manchester City's £3m asking price. (Birmingham Mail)

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 23, has welcomed reports linking him with a move to Arsenal this month. (Metro)

Brighton are monitoring Tranmere midfield prospect Max Power, 21. (The Argus)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Spurs star David Ginola said it is "time football was refreshed" as he launched his bid to become Fifa president. "Football belongs to the people and they deserve to have a voice."(The Sun - subscription required)

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 26, has told boss Arsene Wenger to forget about giving him a rest this season.(Daily Star)

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has said that 32-year-old striker Jermain Defoe will face pressure to hit the ground running after his anticipated move to Sunderland, but admitted that his goals could affect the relegation battle. (Times - subscription required)

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Friday's Daily Mirror back page

West Brom boss Tony Pulis revealed that Paul Jewell, who left his role as Baggies coach after only a week, had been a contender for the managerial vacancy at Charlton since filled by Guy Luzon.(Daily Telegraph)

QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, 33, who has played only 192 minutes in 16 months, says a meeting with manager Harry Redknapp to ask what he had done wrong "got a bit heated". (The Sun - subscription required)

Fabio Borini says he has no regrets about staying at Liverpool and has insisted: "I still believe I can be a success here." (Liverpool Echo)

The former Manchester United scout Torben Aakjaer, who was sacked on Wednesday for making racially abusive comments, claims he was dismissed because the club could not deal with the negative publicity. (Guardian)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, can still carve out a role at White Hart Lane despite his absence from the FA Cup victory over Burnley on Wednesday. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has described 25-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge's recovery as "critical" for the Reds but the manager warned the striker needs time to recapture last season's devastating form following a spate of injuries. (Guardian)

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, 32, is set to leave AC Milan this summer, and could still prove a useful addition for a Premier League club, according to his agent. (Daily Express)

Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver will meet managing director Lee Charnley after Saturday's match against Southampton to seek further assurances over his future at the club.(Chronicle)

Gary Rowett insists Birmingham City remain active in the transfer window despite the backdrop of boardroom unrest in Hong Kong. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester City's new signing Wilfried Bony has revealed he was a defender in his early career and only became a striker by chance when a team-mate was injured. (Manchester Evening News)

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS NEWS (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Ghana fitness coach Jamie Lawrence, formerly of Bradford, was unable to fly to Equatorial Guinea because of visa problems. (dailysoccerghana.com)

Algeria goalkeeper Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche has been ruled out of the finals with a shin injury sustained in training. He is the third player from the original 23-man squad to be forced to withdraw from the tournament. (Sunnewsonline.com)

Kenya's Daily Nationcarried a six-page special pullout titled GOAL-DEN AFRICA. Some of its headlines included: "Afcon fete brings cheer to gloomy January", "'Monkey tricks' keep top African Stars away" and "Equatorial Guinea grapple with added pressure of host nation".

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic posted apictureof himself, team-mate Ryan Shawcross and their wives at the New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks NBA game at London's O2 Arena on Thursday.

Asmir Begovic, Ryan Shawcross
Asmir Begovic, Ryan Shawcross and their wives take in the pre-game atmosphere

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina knows how to command a five-man defence. But how about five kids? Well, he's about to find out aftertweeting the arrival of his fifth childon Thursday morning. The Spain international called it "one of the happiest days of my life". Presumably he can point to four others.

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw tweeted a picture of himself 'enjoying' an ice bath after training on Thursday, alongside a rallying call of "let's get back on the winning run".

AND FINALLY...

Cristiano Ronaldo's four-year-old son upstaged the Ballon d'Or winner during an interview with the Portuguese Football Federation's television channel - by gate-crashing the conversation in a Superman costume.

Cristiano Ronaldo and son in Superman costume
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, but it is the son of the best footballer in the world

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