Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 31, is to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after rejecting a contract extension.

Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 28, has emerged as a shock January transfer target for Chelsea, with Ashley Cole looking for a route out of Stamford Bridge.

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Tottenham are scouting Feyenoord's 21-year-old Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie, who is also being watched by Juventus and Roma.

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Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, is flattered by interest from Manchester United and Chelsea but will not be joining either during the January transfer window.

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Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are plotting a sensational move for Manchester United's 30-year-old captain Nemanja Vidic.

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Genoa and Sweden defender Andreas Granqvist, 27, has revealed he would be keen on a transfer to Liverpool, after being linked with a January move to Anfield.

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Aston Villa deny striker Darren Bent, 28, is in dispute with manager Paul Lambert.

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Tomasz Kuszczak, 30, has accused Manchester United of pricing him out of the Premier League and the Europa League.

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Didier Drogba does not intend to leave the Chinese Premier League. The 34-year-old former Chelsea striker said: "I will see out my contract. If I can still play after that then I would love to try some other places."

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England coach Roy Hodgson will drop six players from his first XI for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Poland.

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Alan Shearer
Shearer won 63 caps for England

Former England striker Alan Shearer believes the national side have a good chance of winning Euro 2016.

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Wigan number two Graeme Jones is the shock target to become Burnley's new manager.

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Drug cartels in South America and Europe are recruiting British ex-footballers to ply their trade in the UK.

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Former Scotland international Alan Hansen says England's new centre of excellence is too late to help the national team at the 2014 World Cup.

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Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, has attacked the Blues' treatment of ageing stars.

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Chief executive Richard Scudamore says the Premier League is considering a winter break, but added that scrapping FA Cup replays could be the only way for it to be included in the season.

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Vancouver Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller, 32, says the players have let down Scotland coach Craig Levein. The national side face a tough task to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after losing to Wales on Friday.

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Scott Brown and James Forrest are struggling to be fit for Celtic's Champions League meeting with Barcelona after the midfielders pulled out of the Scotland squad through injury.

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Rangers chief executive Charles Green has apologised to Aston Villa for his derogatory remarks about the Premier League club.

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