Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United made a £38m bid for Brazil star Neymar on transfer deadline day but the 20-year-old wanted to stay at Santos until after his country host the 2014 World Cup.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Liverpool are rumoured to be set to make a shock move for former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero, 37.

Alessandro Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero left Juventus after 19 years with the Italian giants in May

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

However, Australian A-League side Sydney FC are also reportedly set to announce they have signed the Italian World Cup winner.

Full story: The Australianexternal-link

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was prepared to swap midfielder Jordan Henderson, winger Stewart Downing or left-back Jose Enrique to land Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, who instead moved to Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Mail external-link

Arsenal are understood to have offered Andrey Arshavin a free transfer in the hope that the 31-year-old midfielder will finally find a new club before the Russian transfer window closes on Thursday, with Dynamo Moscow the favourites for his signature.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Tottenham Hotspur and Porto submitted an agreed deal sheet for Joao Moutinho, 25, on deadline day but a third party with a stake in the Portuguese midfielder is reported to have scuppered the deal.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

Newcastle will try again to sign winger Tom Ince, 20, from Blackpool in January after having a £4m bid rejected.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Lyon have asked Chelsea to name their price for out-of-favour Blues winger Florent Malouda, 32.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP FROM BBC MONITORING

Corriere dello Sport reports that Alessandro del Piero will be announced as a Sydney FC player at a press conference on Wednesday.

Full story: Corriere dello Sportexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

England striker Andy Carroll, 23, faces six weeks out with the hamstring injury he suffered in his first game for West Ham after joining the Upton Park club on loan from Liverpool.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

In extracts from his new book, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says that being dropped by manager Sir Alex Ferguson was a tough lesson.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Striker Sergio Aguero has risked upsetting manager Roberto Mancini by making himself available for international duty with Argentina even though he is not fit enough to play for his club side Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood admits the Gunners cannot compete in the transfer market with Chelsea and Manchester City.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Liverpool supporters' group Spirit of Shankly have called on American owners Fenway Sports Group to appoint a Liverpool-based chief executive.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has urged his beloved Arsenal to sign him up as their fitness coach when his athletics career comes to an end.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants striker Mario Balotelli to take hypnosis and have counselling to help him stop smoking.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

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