Friday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Big-spending French side Monaco have been linked with a move for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 26, if they miss out on Marseille's Steve Mandanda.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is wanted by German side Borussia Dortmund after failing to dislodge Diego Lopez as Carlo Ancelotti's number one. However, Real assistant coach Zinedine Zidane is trying to convince the Spain international, 32, to stay at the Bernabeu.

Iker Casillas
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has failed to impress new boss Carlo Ancelotti

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Hull City boss Steve Bruce still wants to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long, 26, despite a proposed move falling through on deadline day.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Tottenham look set to sign France Under-21 right-back Sebastien Corchia in January after the 22-year-old confirmed his intention to leave French side Sochaux.

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OTHER GOSSIP

World-record signing Gareth Bale, 24, could make his Real Madrid debut at left-back as the Spanish side struggle with injuries for Saturday's league match at Villarreal.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has yet to open negotiations with the Gunners over a new contract. The Frenchman, 63, admits his performance this season could determine whether he is offered a new deal.

Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor has not featured for Tottenham this season

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, claims he turned down interest from Arsenal and Chelsea in the recent transfer window because of his love for current club Juventus.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has told striker Emmanuel Adebayor to train with the reserves when he returns from compassionate leave after the death of his brother in his native Togo.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor says he is still fit to lead the union despite allegations he has run up gambling debts.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Real Madrid fans must be patient with new £85m-signing Gareth Bale, says 39-year-old former Valencia player Gaizka Mendieta.

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has warned the English footballing authorities they must stop blaming foreigners for the national side's failures and instead overhaul their development system.

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Mesut Ozil's father has slammed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and accused the Spanish media of trying to destroy the image of the Germany playmaker, following his move to Arsenal.

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Chelsea's new signing, striker Samuel Eto'o, 32, reveals he once loathed manager Jose Mourinho.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Former Newcastle midfielder Robert Lee, 47, does not believe players want to join the club under the current regime.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Former AC Milan, Chelsea and Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko, 36, was off target on his professional golf debut - finishing 12 over par in the opening round of his first Challenge Tour competition.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

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