Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Colombian forward and Chelsea target Radamel Falcao, 26, admits he is unsure whether he has a future at Atletico Madrid because of the deepening economic crisis in Spain.

Full story: Metro

Liverpool seem to have successfully warded off interest from Manchester City in their centre-back Daniel Agger - the 27-year-old is to agree a new four-year deal to remain at Anfield.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton will strive to keep hold of all of their talented players in January, according to 33-year-old goalkeeper Tim Howard, as they push for a Champions League place come the end of the season.

Full story: Sky Sports News

Daniel Agger on Liverpool
Daniel Agger is to sign a new Liverpool contract

Everton are lining up a fresh bid for Bruges and Belgium midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Fifa having refused to ratify a deal in August.

Full story: the Sun

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman admits his 19-year-old winger Wilfried Zaha could be bound for the top flight - alerting potential suitors Tottenham and Liverpool.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been told by Blackpool boss Ian Holloway that winger Tom Ince, 20, will not be sold on the cheap.

Full story: the Sun

Pep Guardiola is being targeted by AC Milan, who want to stop the former Barcelona coach taking his next job in the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Burnley have issued a 'hands off' warning after manager Eddie Howe was linked with a return to his old club, AFC Bournemouth.

Full story: Lancashire Evening Telegraph

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew denies suggestions from his 26-year-old midfielder Yohann Cabaye that Tottenham tried to sign the France international in the summer.

Full story: the Sun

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha could soon be heading to the Premier League

England manager Roy Hodgson has taken a calculated risk and decided to let Stuart Pearce select a number of up-and-coming talents for the Under-21 squad, including 19-year-old deputy goalkeeper Jack Butland, 20-year-old Tottenham defender Steven Caulker and Liverpool's 17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling.

Full story: the Guardian

Meanwhile, West Ham are to seek assurances that Hodgson will treat 23-year-old striker Andy Carroll with care if he is selected for England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland in October - Carroll is only just returning to action from a hamstring injury.

Full story: Daily Mail

And it appears that veteran defender Rio Ferdinand's career as an England centre-half is at an end after Hodgson confided to commuters of a London Underground journey: "It is over for him and England. It has got to be the end of the road. He is pushing 34 and hasn't played for England for a long, long time."

Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway insists his winger, 20-year-old Tom Ince, is as good if not better than Arsenal's England international pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

Full story: Daily Star

Celtic's Essex-born striker Gary Hooper, 24, is world class and should be considered for a place in Thursday's England squad announcement, according to manager Neil Lennon.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers backs Italian striker Fabio Borini, 21, to hit goalscoring form in the near future. "Over time he will come good," promised Rodgers.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Defender James Tomkins, 23, admits he wasted his time by going to the London Olympics and losing his West Ham place.

Full story: Daily Star

Rodgers has recruited former Swansea head of sports science Ryland Morgans to his coaching team at Liverpool.

Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley is expected to make his return from injury in a friendly match on Thursday. The 27-year-old has not played this season because of an ankle injury.

Full story: Daily Express

AND FINALLY

Steven Gerrard has belatedly joined Twitter and already has over 56,500 followers, but he assures the powers that be at Anfield that @SGF08 "won't be anything too ambitious or controversial".

Full story: Daily Mail

Charlton chairman Michael Slater, who is a Manchester City supporter, is to complain to Uefa after being knocked unconscious after an alleged police charge outside the Bernabeu ahead of City's 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid last month.

Full story: the Independent

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