Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Manchester United are considering making a move for Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland. The 31-year-old Norwegian's contract expires at the end of the season, but United are contemplating making a bid for the defender in January.

Arsene Wenger is planning to hold fresh talks this week over Theo Walcott's contract. The 23-year-old forward is away on international duty but Arsenal hope to negotiate with his advisers.

Theo Walcott
New contract talks planned between Arsenal and Theo Walcott, but Juventus interested in the forward

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Juventus have joined the queue of clubs ready to move for Walcott, should he become available on a free transfer at the end of the season. Unless he agrees a new deal, Walcott can sign a pre-contract agreement in January.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday as Falcao scored in Atletico Madrid's 2-1 victory over Malaga. The 26-year-old striker has been linked with a possible January move to either the defending Premier League champions or Chelsea.

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Ashley Cole is set to be left out of the England team against San Marino on Friday as punishment for the tweet the left-back, 31, sent criticising the Football Association over the John Terry saga.

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Roy Hodgson is set to call Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 20, into his England squad ahead of the World Cup qualifier.

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Tony Fernandes insists he will not sack Mark Hughes as QPR boss, despite the Hoops having not yet won a single Premier League game.

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Blackburn Rovers managing director Derek Shaw says Alan Shearer has the credentials to be considered for the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park, but that his popularity among fans should not be a decisive factor.

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 22, boarded a budget airline flight from Manchester to Italy just hours after he was substituted by manager Roberto Mancini during City's victory against Sunderland on Saturday.

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Brazil's Ronaldinho broke down in tears after opening the scoring in Atletico Mineiro's 6-0 victory over Figueirense. The 32-year-old's stepfather had died the day before from a heart attack and the former Barcelona and AC Milan forward dropped to one knee and cried.

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Former England captain David Beckham received a hug from a female fan after the midfielder, 37, gave the woman his shirt following LA Galaxy's 2-1 defeat by Real Salt Lake.

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