Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Manchester United are battling Real Madrid for the signature of teenage Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Alen Halilovic. The Croatian, 16, is already being compared to Luka Modric - who was a United target before moving from Tottenham to the La Liga giants.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Kyriakos Papadopoulos has signed for Schalke until 2016

Greece defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos,external-link a rumoured target for Manchester United, has signed a new contract at German club Schalke. The 20-year-old centre-back has extended his deal until 2016.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Everton manager David Moyes has yet to open talks over a new contract - but insists nothing "sinister" should be read into the situation.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Fulham boss Martin Jol is close to a deal to bolster the centre of his midfield.

Full story: Fulham Chronicleexternal-link

Arsenal are tracking FC Basel's Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic, 21, who was the subject of a £2m bid from Norwich City last summer.

Full story: Metro external-link


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that he dropped Carlos Tevez for last Sunday's match against Arsenal because he felt the striker had lost his fitness.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes says the punishments handed out to Luis Suarez and John Terry will not rid football of racism.

Full story: ESPNexternal-link

Brendan Rodgers has questioned whether winger Stewart Downing has the fight to play for Liverpool.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Joe Hart
Joe Hart has yet to keep a clean sheet this season

And Rodgers has set his sights on Champions League qualification this season.

Full story: Liverpool Daily Postexternal-link

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has declared that Manchester City's shaky start to their Premier League title defence is inexplicable.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says it was the north London club's greater ambition which persuaded him to reject Liverpool in favour of White Hart Lane.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Steve Kean's resignation as Blackburn Rovers manager has disappointed Venky's, the club's owners, according to managing director Derek Shaw.

Full story: Skysports.comexternal-link

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic, 22,external-link has been put in an induced coma after receiving 'life-threatening' injuries in a road accident, the German club has announced.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Reading summer signing Danny Guthrie says the eagerness of Brian McDermott attracted him to the newly-promoted Premier League club - after the Royals boss gatecrashed his honeymoon in Dubai.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Forres Mechanics manager Charlie Rowley is confident his Highland League side can pull off a major shock against Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link


American hip-hop star Snoop Dogg showed his skills are better suited to the stage rather than the football pitch - after missing two open goals in a television appearance.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

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