Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid could offer Portuguese left-back Fabio Coentrao, 24, to Tottenham in a £50m deal for 23-year-old Gareth Bale.

Full story: The Sun

Liverpool are considering making a loan move for Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba, 34, when the Chinese league season ends next week.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 25, as he resigns himself to losing Theo Walcott in January.

Full story: caughtoffside.com

Mario Balotelli, 22, is wanted by AC Milan and the Italian club are willing to sell a number of stars in order to fund a move for the Manchester City forward.

Full story: Metro

Goalkeeper David De Gea, 21, has dismissed speculation that he is homesick and ready to leave Manchester United to return to Spain.

Full story: The Sun

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will get funds for a replacement striker if Liverpool take Senegal international Demba Ba, 27, from St James' Park.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Wayne Rooney, 27, will be restored to a midfield role for Manchester United in Sunday's Premier League match against Chelsea.

Full story: Goal.com

Stewart Robson claims Arsenal's defensive problems could be down to a rift between assistant manager and former Gunners centre-back Steve Bould and Wenger.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United have identified former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola as the man they want to replace Sir Alex Ferguson when he finally leaves Old Trafford.

Full story: Metro

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas insists he will not get carried away with speculation linking him to the Burnley job.

Full story: Daily Record

Former Watford boss Sean Dyche is set to take over at managerless Championship club Burnley after having talks.

Full story: Sunday Express

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is a target for Blackburn, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Ipswich.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

AND FINALLY

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and new chief executive Ferran Soriano to establish whether he retains their full support as he looks to reassert his authority in the dressing room.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

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