Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

David Moyes will bid again for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, 24, and Everton defender Leighton Baines, 28, in January to try to restore Manchester United's crumbling reputation as a major player in the transfer market.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United failed in a bid to sign Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 29, according to his Turkish club Galatasaray.

Full story: Metro

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil eventually signed for Arsenal for £42.4m

A phone call from the multi-lingual Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger convinced attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, 24, to move to the Emirates from Real Madrid.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy called Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in a bid to stop him selling Ozil to Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United made a last-gasp attempt to pip Arsenal to the signing of Ozil.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal were left frustrated on transfer deadline night after Chelsea blocked the proposed move of striker Demba Ba, 28, who was set to join the Gunners on loan.

Full story: Daily Mail

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is furious with West Bromwich Albion after his £5m move for striker Shane Long, 26, was scrapped 70 minutes before the transfer deadline.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Leeds boss Brian McDermott is ready to make a move for Birmingham winger Chris Burke, 29, when the loan window opens on Sunday.

Full story: Daily Star

Barry Fry, Peterborough's director of football, has hit back after Livingston midfielder Stefan Scougall, 20, claimed his transfer had fallen through because the London Road club had "moved the goalposts".

Full story: Scottish Herald

OTHER GOSSIP

Moyes is facing a battle to win over Manchester United star Robin van Persie, with the 30-year-old striker yet to be convinced by the new Old Trafford boss, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.

Full story: Daily Star

Sunderland have lifted Phil Bardsley's club suspension after the 28-year-old defender apologised for mocking the club's opening-day defeat to Fulham on Instagram.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Gareth Barry
Gareth Barry last played for England in May 2012

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, agreed to sacrifice £4m in loyalty bonuses to ensure his move from Everton to Manchester United went through.

Full story: Daily Express

Midfielder Gareth Barry, 32, believes his loan move from Manchester City to Everton on deadline day could help him return to the England squad.

Full story: the Times (subscription required).

England and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, 23, has likened Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's head injury to "something out of a horror film".

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has decided to play Luis Suarez, 26, on the wing when he returns from his 10-match suspension.

Full story: the Guardian

A truce is expected to be called in the battle for control of Rangers, with an announcement understood to be expected before the weekend which will see Paul Murray and Frank Blin appointed to the board of the Glasgow club immediately.

Full story: Daily Record

AND FINALLY

In a bid to avoid trouble in their upcoming Champions League games, FC Copenhagen have refused to sell home match tickets to any fans with 'non-Danish sounding' names.

Full story: Metro

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