Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will consider a move for former Reds striker Michael Owen, 32, after seeing his goal-shy side beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at Anfield.

Full story: Daily Mail

Michael Owen
Michael Owen

Rodgers is also poised to make a move for Didier Drogba, 34, whose future with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua seems uncertain.

Full story: Daily Star

Sunderland have also made contact with Michael Owen, who is a free agent after being released by Manchester United at the end of last season, to try to lure the striker back to the north-east.

Full story: Metro

The father of Atletico Madrid's 26-year-old striker Falcao says his son is being tracked by Chelsea, Manchester City and a Russian club.

Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admits he will have to enter the Bosman market to replace injured left-back Neil Taylor, who fractured an ankle during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland and is expected to be out for the season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Raul Meireles could be on his way out of Chelsea after Fenerbahce expressed a strong interest in signing the 29-year-old Portuguese midfielder.

Full story: Metro

Tottenham are ready to let keepers Carlo Cudicini, 38, and 31-year-old Heurelho Gomes go to Championship clubs on loan after the pair were squeezed out by the arrival of 25-year-old French stopper Hugo Lloris from Lyon.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Robin van Persie admits he didn't know what he was thinking when he took the penalty he missed in United's win over Southampton.

Full story: the Sun

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says he is disappointed with the way the Reds handled the departure of striker Andy Carroll to West Ham.

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll: Hamstring injury may be worse than first thought.

Full story: Talk

West Ham fear Carroll's hamstring injury will keep the on-loan 23-year-old out of action for longer than initially thought.

Full story: Daily Mail

Cristiano Ronaldo refused to celebrate his goals for Real Madrid against Granada on Sunday, and afterwards said he was upset for "professional" reasons.

Full story: the Sun

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has warned Everton's Darron Gibson, 24, to make up his mind about his international future.

Full story: Daily Star

West Brom boss Steve Clarke is hoping to persuade Jonas Olsson, 29, to sign a new contract at the Hawthorns.

Full story: Daily Express

Global Gossip:

J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister for the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has ordered two Sri Lankan football teams to return home. The minister had previously objected to Sri Lankan military personnel training in her state.

Full story: NDTV Sports

Nine regular members of the Nigerian national side have been dropped for the forthcoming Nations Cup final round qualifier in Liberia. Selector Stephen Keshi reportedly reassured the players that they would be recalled in the future.

Full story: AllAfrica.com

AND FINALLY

Fulham may have sold Mousa Dembele to Tottenham, but Cottagers fans could soon be singing the player's name again after one of their academy players - a France youth international also named Moussa Dembele, signed from Paris St-Germain in the summer - scored a hat-trick for the club's U18s against Crystal Palace.

Full story: FulhamFC.com

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