Monday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is willing to let striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 29, go out on loan - to save him from playing with the reserves. QPR are tipped as the most likely destination for the Togo striker.

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Federico Macheda
Federico Macheda has had loan spells at Sampdoria, QPR and Stuttgart

Cristiano Ronaldo's new five-year contract at Real Madrid has ended Manchester United's hopes of luring the 28-year-old back to Old Trafford.

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Ronaldo's deal will see him earn around £15m a year, nearly twice as much as new team-mate Gareth Bale, to underline his importance to the Spanish club.

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 30, says he wants to extend his stay at the club beyond the end of his current three-year contract.

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Arsenal and Manchester City have been alerted to the availability of Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes after the 31-year stated his desire to leave the Spanish champions at the end of the season.

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Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, 22, is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Doncaster Rovers.

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Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard received threats to him and his family during training in the build-up to his side's Premier League match against Swansea on Monday.

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Manchester United boss David Moyes says striker Wayne Rooney, 27, should be aiming to score 30 goals this season and insists he can form a formidable partnership with Robin van Persie.

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Moyes has also decided that Rooney will not play in midfield, where the England international was unhappy to be placed by predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, in the immediate future.

David Moyes and Wayne Rooney
David Moyes wants Wayne Rooney to aim for 30 goals a season as a striker

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Premier League referees are to be advised against talking to managers after former official Mark Halsey's claim that he was on texting terms with ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Halsey admitted he contacted Ferguson in his book, About Time.

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned Luis Suarez that he will no longer be the main man at Liverpool when he returns from suspension.

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James Milner has admitted that Manchester City need time to gel under the methods of new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia, now manager of German side Bayer Leverkusen - who meet Manchester United in the Champions League - says the English game has lost its passion.

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Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has rejected Stuart Pearce's claims that the 21-year-old and his England Under-21 team mates lacked passion at last summer's European Championships.

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Monaco defender Eric Abidal, 34, has revealed that former Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves offered to donate his liver to him before he had surgery.

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Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has warned that the pressure faced by top-flight officials could lead to mental breakdown or suicide.

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