Saturday's Gossip Column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, 25, is at the top of Tottenham's January shopping list as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to further strengthen his squad.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal face a fight with Juventus to land Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler with the Serie A side ready to offer £34m for the 20-year-old German.

Full story: Sun (subscription only)

Liverpool are looking at Uruguay international striker Abel Hernandez, 23, who is keen to get away from Palermo following their relegation from Serie A.

Full story: Daily Express

Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Redknapp
Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Redknapp worked together at Spurs

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he would like to sign Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan, but doubts whether the Togo international would want to drop down to the Championship.

Full story: Sky Sports

Redknapp is also hoping to sign England U21 striker Harry Kane, 20, on loan from Tottenham after missing out on Southampton's Billy Sharp.

Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham are interested in Rapid Vienna's German-born US international striker Terrence Boyd. The 22-year-old scored 17 goals for the Austrian outfit last season.

Full story: talkSPORT

Carlton Cole, 29, is set to join QPR after a potential return to West Ham fell through when the Upton Park club felt the striker was not fit enough.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Wayne Rooney feels that Manchester United's games against Liverpool are more important than the Premier League champions' meetings with local rivals Man City.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney feels that Man United's tussles with Liverpool are bigger than the Manchester derby

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's claims that Mesut Ozil, recently sold to the Gunners by Real, lacks mental strength.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has accepted criticism for his team's below-par start to the season, but says he should be judged at the end of the campaign.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson, 21, believes he can nail down a place at right-back in the England team.

Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard thinks 19-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley would continue to improve his career by staying with Everton.

Steven Gerrard and Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley made an impressive England debut against Moldova in early September

Full story: Liverpool Daily Post

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says the lingering acrimony over his departure from Norwich City in 2012 means he will not enter the boardroom at Carrow Road when his current and former sides meet on Saturday.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio insists he is happy to be the centre of attention to help his team find form away from the spotlight.

Full story: The Guardian

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, 29, has yet to accept the new contract - worth 12m euros (£10.14m) - recently offered to him by the La Liga champions.

Full story: Marca

AND FINALLY

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli risked incurring the wrath of colleague Stephan El Shaarawy by pulling his hair during the recent team photoshoot.

Full story: Daily Mail

Perm-haired Marouane Fellaini, 25, says that Manchester United fans who have sported Afro wigs have made him feel welcome with the gesture and the midfielder hopes to reward their support for him.

Full story: The Sun (subscription only)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Wayne Rooney is as good as Kenny Dalglish and reveals that a then 15-year-old Rooney cheekily introduced himself in a Liverpool street one day by saying: 'I'll be playing against you soon!'

Full story: Daily Mail

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