Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Striker Daniel Sturridge is believed to be considering his future at Chelsea. The 22-year-old has just over a year left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: the Sun

Fabio Aurelio looks set to leave Liverpool in the summer. The 32-year-old left-back is out of contract at the end of the season and there have been no talks about a new deal.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Emmanuel Mayuka
Mayuka won the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia

Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka, 21, is being targeted by a number of Premier League sides, with Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham all monitoring his progress.

Full story: talkSPORT

Midfielder Keith Andrews, 31, says he wants to extend his stay at West Brom following his short-term move from Blackburn.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia, 24, has issued a 'come and get me' call to Manchester United. The Udinese centre-back is believed to be being monitored by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Full story: the Sun

Meanwhile, Ferguson will get his own players' assessment before deciding whether to move for summer target Christian Eriksen. United will get a first-hand look at the 19-year-old Danish midfielder when they face Ajax in the Europa League.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Newcastle are waiting to see if Bolton are successful in their fight against relegation before making a move for 23-year-old playmaker Mark Davies.

Full story: Bolton News

Liverpool target - Japan international playmaker Shinji Kagawa, 22 - insists he has no intention of leaving Borussia Dortmund.

Full story: talkSPORT

Shinji Kagawa
Kagawa started his career at Cerezo Osaka

Chelsea are considering a £22m bid for 22-year-old Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Chelsea are once again showing interest in 25-year-old CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says he is happy for his loan players to stay out on loan now they can be recalled to Wearside at any time.

Full story: Newcastle Echo

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will not allow out-of-favour striker Stephen Dobbie to leave the Liberty Stadium, despite interest from a number of Championship clubs.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Internacional striker Leandro Damiao's agent has put both Liverpool and Tottenham on red alert by admitting the 22-year-old could be ready to head for Europe in the summer.

Full story: Inside Futbol

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson believes 38-year-old veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs could one day succeed him as Manchester United manager.

Full story: Daily Mail

Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs
Giggs has made over 630 appearances for United

Striker Carlos Tevez will apparently have to grovel to boss Roberto Mancini if he wants a Manchester City lifeline. The Argentinian has flown back to Manchester determined to get fit and win back his place in Mancini's side.

Full story: the Sun

Mancini has also ordered maverick Mario Balotelli to keep his temper in check as he returns from his latest suspension, in a bid to help the club stay on course for a Premier and Europa League double.

Full story: Daily Express

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have offered Guus Hiddink an extraordinary £8.3m-a-year contract to become their new coach and want a decision this week.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Senior Chelsea players want ­Hiddink to return to Stamford Bridge as manager and save the club's season.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Businessman Wayne Wild has declared his ambition to lead a supporters' trust takeover of Blackburn - but current owners Venky's continue to insist they will not sell.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Huddersfield want to give Neil Warnock a rapid return to the game as their manager following Lee Clark's shock sacking. Warnock previously managed the Terriers from 1993 to 1995.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Wayne Rooney broke his own pre-arranged media embargo by revealing 'Switcharooney' to be the name of his £63,000 racehorse on Twitter.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Manchester United's Europa League adventure got off to a bad start when Danny Welbeck and Nani forgot to bring their passports for the flight to Amsterdam.

Full story: Metro

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