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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is chasing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, but faces competition from Arsenal.

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha has scored four goals so far in the Championship this season for Crystal Palace

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning a move for 31-year-old Barcelona forward David Villa in January.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, could replace David Beckham at LA Galaxy.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has told Newcastle they will have to pay £15m for 25-year-old striker Loic Remy.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Inter Milan are ready to battle it out with West Ham in the race to sign Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, 28.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Tottenham are poised to make a £10m offer for Montpellier attacker Younes Belhanda, 22, in January.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Sunderland are eyeing up a move for Everton's 35-year-old defender Sylvain Distin.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is facing an internal battle with Chelsea's senior officials to get transfer funds in January.

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

Chelsea are planning to open contract talks with defender John Terry, 32, despite his current deal running until 2014.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident his side will win a trophy this season.

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

Striker Papiss Cisse, 27, has been given two games to find the net or he will be dropped from Newcastle's squad.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link

Neil Warnock wants six new signings at Leeds United following the club's £52m takeover.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Despite interest from China, the Middle East and United States, Rio Ferdinand, 34, will extend his Manchester United career into a 12th season with a 12-month contract extension.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Diego Maradona's chances of becoming Iraq's national team coach are in the balance after their football chiefs weighed up the option of appointing former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson instead.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

A brave Liverpool supporter allowed defender Martin Skrtel, 28, to tattoo him to raise funds for the Justice for the 96 campaign.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists the Old Firm will never be the same again when Rangers rise back to the top flight - because they have become weaker as Celtic have grown stronger.

Full story: Daily Record

Jose Mourinho, 49, tells Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez to concentrate on his own job after the Spaniard made comments about the Real Madrid manager and his possible availability in the summer.

"As a Chelsea fan all I can say is that I hope he wasn't thinking about Real Madrid during the Corinthians game," said Mourinho.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

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