Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, 29, is a target for Inter Milan if contract talks with the Gunners do not go well between now and next summer.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Eden Hazard
Hazard has made an impressive start to his Chelsea career since joining from Lille in the summer

Winger Eden Hazard, 21, has revealed that Tottenham's failure to finish in the Champions League qualifying positions "tipped the balance" in favour of a move to Chelsea.

Full story: France Football (in French)external-link

Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott, 30, is open to signing a new long-term contract with the club.

Full story: ESPN Soccernetexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand, 33, would be open to a return to the England team following John Terry's decision to retire from international football.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

Terry, 31, has been dropped by kit supplier Umbro following the allegations of racial abuse that culminated in a Football Association disciplinary hearing at Wembley which began on Monday.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

The Chelsea captain is 5-1 with bookmakers to perform a U-turn and play for his country again, while he can be backed at 16-1 to be in England's 2014 World Cup travelling party.

Full story: Racing Postexternal-link

Manager Roy Hodgson, 65, has not spoken to Ferdinand since he was left out of England's Euro 2012 squad for "football reasons", however, and remains reluctant to call him up.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Rooney has not featured for club or country since being injured against Fulham on 25 August
Rooney has not featured for club or country since being injured against Fulham on 25 August

Ferdinand's Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney, 26, has an outside chance of making the substitutes' bench for the League Cup match against Newcastle on Wednesday after the striker's recovery from a badly gashed leg.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Newcastle centre-back Fabricio Coloccini, 30, and midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, could start in the game after returning to full fitness.

Full story: Evening Chronicleexternal-link

The Football Association has put forward Wembley to Uefa as the venue for the Euro 2020 final as the governing body's president Michel Platini, 57, is considering a plan to play the tournament in several countries.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland, 26, will have an X-ray to determine whether he has broken his arm.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 22, admits the uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Steve Kean is unsettling for the players.

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Manager Paul Jewell, 47, is to be given more time to improve Ipswich's poor form after the club fell to second bottom in the Championship table.

Full story: Ipswich Starexternal-link

Blackburn have identified Match of the Day pundit and former striker Alan Shearer, 42, as their leading candidate to replace 44-year-old manager Steve Kean, if the Scot is sacked.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)external-link

AND FINALLY

Three-time former World Player of the Year Ronaldo, 36, is in the running for a new prize - winner of Brazilian television's Celebrity Fit Club.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken admits he is an expert on Tuesday's Capital One Cup opponents Chelsea - because his dad Svein is a lifelong Blues fan.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

MK Dons assistant boss Mick Harford says his side's meeting with Sunderland in the League Cup on Tuesday is a "dream draw" as they are his hometown club and the team he supported as a child.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

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