Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal have Benfica striker Rodrigo lined up as a possible replacement should Robin van Persie leave Emirates Stadium. The 20-year-old had a loan spell at Bolton last season.

Rodrigo
Rodrigo has attracted the attention of Arsenal

Full story: Daily Mail

Udinese are preparing to cash in on highly rated goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The 27-year-old Slovenia international was a target for Manchester United before they opted to sign David de Gea in the summer.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United will face competition from CSKA Moscow and Juventus for the signature of 19-year-old Basel midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Full story: talkSPORT

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich addressed manager Andre Villas-Boas and the Blues squad at the club's Cobham training ground after Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Everton.

Full story: the Guardian

Villas-Boas's future is in increasing doubt after his players openly criticised his tactics and team selections. They questioned the Portuguese's methods after he had blamed poor attitude and application for a run of poor recent results.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann has played down speculation that he could take over as Tottenham manager if Harry Redknapp leaves to take the England role.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is set to be offered the Leeds United job vacated by Simon Grayson.

Full story: Daily Mail

Wolves are ready to turn to Steve Bruce to keep them in the Premier League after sacking McCarthy.

Full story: the Sun

Wolves chairman Steve Morgan has backed former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley as having the necessary credentials to take over at Molineux, but warns that there are a number of well-qualified candidates.

James McClean
Sunderland's James McClean has been in excellent form

Full story: Express & Star

Sunderland will triple the wages of winger James McClean, 22, after his superb run of form under manager Martin O'Neill.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Ledley King hopes he has done enough to convince Tottenham he is worth a new two-year deal.

Full story: the Sun

Peter Odemwingie wants West Brom to tie manager Roy Hodgson down on a new contract in order to maintain stability at the club.

Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs, who is poised for his 900th game for the club, believes Premier League players do not need a staged pre-match handshake to prove their respect for each other.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

The break in protocol before Manchester United's league meeting with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday - which saw the visitors walk along the line of United players during the pre-match handshakes rather than vice-versa - was an attempt by referee Phil Dowd to keep Luis Suarez out of trouble.

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool's American owners are set to fly in this week in an attempt to repair the damage inflicted by the Suarez handshake row.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has risked the wrath of Manchester City fans on Twitter, laughing at Kolo and Yaya Toure's Africa Cup of Nations final defeat for Ivory Coast.

Full story: Metro

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