Gossip column: De Gea, Reid, Schurrle, Coquelin, Fletcher

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United have placed a £50m valuation on Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, who is wanted by Real Madrid. (Daily Express)

Daily Express
Tuesday's Daily Express back page

Germany international defender Mats Hummels, 26, has disappointed Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea by saying he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Star)

West Ham's New Zealand international Winston Reid, 26, has told the Upton Park club he will not sign a new contract and wants to join Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Bundesliga club Wolfsburg are ready to pay £23m for forward Andre Schurrle, 24, but Chelsea want £30m. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin, 23, is set to be offered a new deal by the club after impressing since his return from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic. (Independent)

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 30, is being linked with a move to Valencia as he struggles to get playing time under manager Louis van Gaal. (Sky Sports)

But he could also opt to stay in the Premier League with West Ham keen on signing the Scotland international. (Times - subscription required)

Highly rated Palermo forward Paulo Dybala, 21, will not be moving in the January transfer window, according to the club president, but he is set to move to the Premier League this summer. (Evening Standard)

West Brom are ready to more than double striker Saido Berahino's wage to keep the 21-year-old at the Hawthorns. (Sun - subscription required)

Saido Berahino
Berahino played 70 minutes of his side's draw against Everton on Monday

Club Brugge's Australia international goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, 22, has confirmed he wants to play in the Premier League and is wanted by Liverpool. (Metro)

Tottenham's struggling Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, 29, is wanted by German club Bayer Leverkusen. (Daily Mirror)

Swansea's £5.5m bid for Stuttgart midfielder Alexandru Maxim, 24, has been rejected by the German club. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are preparing a £15m bid to bring back defender Gerard Pique, 27, from Barcelona. (Daily Express)

Swansea will have to pay £8m in signing-on fees to striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29, if he leaves the club this month. (Telegraph)

Malaga's sporting director says midfielder Ignacio Camacho, 24, who has been a target for Liverpool and Arsenal is going nowhere this month.(Talksport)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says the Sky Blues are still in the title race despite defeat by Arsenal leaving them five points behind leaders Chelsea, who they play at the end of January. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has deteriorated.(Guardian)

DailyStar
Tuesday's Daily Star back page

Southampton's Senegal midfielder Sadio Mane, 22 , has been texting manager Ronald Koeman to find out what has been happening in the Premier League while he is away at the African Cup of Nations.(Daily Mail)

Barcelona legend Xavi says he would put Manchester City's David Silva, 29, at the top of his shopping list if he were manager at the Nou Camp. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, 22, says he wants to put his friendships with fellow Brazilians Oscar, Willian, Felipe Luis and Ramires to one side as the Reds prepare to take on Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims the club had first refusal on both winger Angel Di Maria and striker Radamel Falcao before they were offered to Manchester United.(Sun - subscription required)

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has denied Darren Bent's claims that the 30-year-old striker was dropped because the manager did not like him. (Birmingham Mail)

Louis van Gaal is planning to give goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, his Manchester United debut against Cambridge United on Friday. (Telegraph)

Chelsea captain John Terry says despite his side's five-point lead at the top of the Premier League they will not have proved anything until they win silverware. (Independent)

Former Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd says football's super-rich investors are only interested in London and Manchester and not the North East.(Newcastle Journal)

Tottenham are preparing to offer striker Harry Kane, 21, a new contract. (Times - subscription required)

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba refused to speak in English at his pre-match news conference, choosing instead to speak in Zulu. He did so after hearing that the SA media contingent sat through the Algerians' press conference without a translator for coach Christian Gourcuff, who spoke French.(Timeslive)

Senegal's coach Alain Giresse has urged the Lions not to rest on their laurels following their 2-1 victory over Ghana's "Black Stars". He lauded them for their good start but warned it guarantees nothing as the tournament continues.(lequotidien - in French)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Hull City's Nigeria international Sone Aluko got a pleasant surprise when one of his heroes walked into the ITV studio where he was working at the Africa Cup of Nations. It was wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough. "He silenced the room," said Aluko on Twitter.

Mamadou Sakho Kolo Toure
Liverpool team-mates Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure

Liverpool's France international defender Mamadou Sakho sent his best wishes to all the players at the Africa Cup of Nations, especially his Liverpool team-mate Kolo Toure, who is playing for Ivory coast.

Queens Park Rangers spot-kick specialist Charlie Austin was disgusted with Kevin Mirallas's penalty miss for Everton against West Brom and says regular penalty taker Leighton Baines should have stepped up. "Penalty taker should always take the pens", he tweeted.

AND FINALLY...

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has told fans the club will not be introducing artificial crowd noise to improve the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. (Metro)

Newcastle's sunshine break to Dubai got off to a wet start when they were greeted by heavy rain, forcing them to train indoors. (Daily Star)

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