Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy, 27, wants to force through a move to Newcastle after the two clubs failed to strike a £4m deal in the summer.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Marouane Chamakh
Chamakh joined Arsenal from Bordeaux in ther summer of 2010

Liverpool midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard, 32, says he would still like to play for Jose Mourinho, and is quoted as referring to the Real Madrid boss as "the Special One".

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Striker Marouane Chamakh, 28, wants to return to Bordeaux from Arsenal because of limited first-team opportunities with the Gunners.

Fully story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is wanted by Tottenham, who could sign the 29-year-old for a bargain £7m.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson must pay £36m if he is to sign 21-year-old Porto winger James Rodriguez.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


Blackpool are refusing to meet Portsmouth's demands of £200,000 compensation for boss Michael Appleton to become the Seasiders' new manager - arguing that Pompey's financial problems should allow him to walk away for nothing.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is battling to save his job after crisis talks with Saints chairman Nicola Cortese.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio and fellow Italian Gianluca Vialli, formerly manager at Chelsea and Watford, are top of the list of Southampton's targets to replace Adkins.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Meanwhile, Adkins will remain in charge for Saturday's home match against Swansea after persuading Cortese to give him more time to turn things around.

Mark Clattenburg
Mark Clattenburg faces a further wait to speak to the FA.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Liverpool are preparing for a Premier League hearing to fight a charge of illegally approaching Clint Dempsey before the 29-year-old forward's move from Fulham to Tottenham.

Full story: the Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 31, is likely to have to wait for his 100th England cap because a hamstring injury may rule him out of next week's friendly in Sweden.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

A hamstring injury has ruined Celtic striker Gary Hooper's chances of a first England call-up for the Sweden game. The Football Association made contact with Celtic over the 24-year-old's availability but were told he would not be fit.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King has backed Jan Vertonghen to given a run at the centre of Spurs' defence. The Belgian, 25, has played mainly at left-back since joining from Ajax.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie, 31, is set to put country before club and play for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations in January. He could miss five Premier League matches.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)external-link

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady is still hopeful of moving the Hammers to the new Olympic Stadium and says the club can create 1,000 jobs if they do so.

Full story: The Guardianexternal-link

Referee Mark Clattenburg will not be interviewed by FA officials investigating allegations that he racially abused John Mikel Obi until next week.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

AC Milan have held talks with representatives of former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola with a view to offering him the manager's job for next season.

Full story: Gazzettaexternal-link

Manchester City are lining up a move for former Barcelona scout Bojan Krkic. City have already recruited chief executive Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain from the Catalan club.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Football could crack down on player dissent by reintroducing the rule where free kicks are advanced 10 yards if players from the offending side show dissent, according to Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)external-link


Keith Fahey
Keith Fahey (left) is growing a moustache for Movember.

Birmingham City and Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey, 29, is reported to leading the way when it comes to the best 'Movember'external-link effort as footballers at a number of clubs grow moustaches to raise money for charity.

Full story: Joe.ieexternal-link

German side Schalke have become the latest football club to give supporters the chance to be buried in the club's official graveyard.

Full story: Metroexternal-link