Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given permission to bolster his squad in the January transfer window and has made Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, and 26-year-old Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko his top targets.
Chinese club Guizhou Renhe are closing in on the signing of England midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, in January.
Manchester United could make a new move for striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, after Borussia Dortmund revealed they are struggling to get the Poland international to agree to extend his contract beyond 2014.
Barcelona are interested in signing long-term Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy. The 27-year-old full-back has recently admitted his disappointment that a move to the Magpies from Lille could not be agreed in the summer.
West Ham are on the brink of bringing Nicolas Anelka, 33, back to the Premier League from Chinese club Shenghai Shenua, with boss Sam Allardyce keen on a reunion with a player he managed at Bolton.
Chelsea medical staff believe scans will show captain John Terry, 31, escaped a serious knee injury after a collision with Luis Suarez in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Chelsea fear Terry could be out for the rest of the season if a scan reveals ligament damage to the same knee on which he required keyhole surgery earlier this year.
Wilfried Zaha's England call-up followed two hours of frantic negotiations between the player's representative and the Football Association. Zaha was torn between playing for England or Ivory Coast after taking a call from Didier Drogba on Wednesday urging him to play for the country of his birth in the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
QPR manager Mark Hughes has been told by owner Tony Fernandes that their next game against Southampton is a must-win.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists the Gunners are still in the title race despite admitting they looked "very fragile" in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Fulham.
South Africa have abandoned their attempts to persuade Norwich midfielder Andrew Surman to play for them at the Africa Cup of Nations. The 26-year-old was born in Johannesburg but has four England Under-21 caps.
Liverpool are yet to open talks with stand-in goalkeeper Brad Jones despite the fact the 30-year-old's current deal expires in the summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson tried to impress James Bond actor Daniel Craig with the offer of free tickets to watch Manchester United play, only to discover the Hollywood superstar is actually a Liverpool fan.
Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba, 34, returned to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to watch his former Chelsea team-mates draw 1-1 against Liverpool.