Friday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea want to sign France under-21 international midfielder Gianelli Imbula, 21, from Marseille.

Gianelli Imbula
Gianelli Imbula was Ligue 2's player of the season last term

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Manchester United are planning to make a renewed bid for Real Madrid's 25-year-old left-back Fabio Coentrao.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

United manager David Moyes has made Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, 22, a key January target.

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The Premier League champions will watch Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera, 24, in action next week as Moyes steps up his interest in the Spanish midfielder.

Full story: the Telegraphexternal-link

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is keen to sign Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic , 26, but faces a fight with Atletico Madrid for his services.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Norwich City have rejected Wigan's bid to take striker Luciano Becchio on loan.

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Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff, 27, could be allowed to leave Lyon after talks on a new contract stalled.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal and Liverpool are joining Juventus in the race to sign Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger, 21, from Red Bull Salzburg.

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OTHER GOSSIP

Jose Mourinho cried when he learned he was being passed over for the Manchester United job, according to a new book in Spain.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is struggling to cope with raised expectations after playing for England, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Andre Wisdom
Andre Wisdom has started just one Premier League game for Liverpool this season

Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom, 20, is willing to go on loan to get first-team football.

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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke says there is big cash available for Arsene Wenger to make new signings in January.

Full story: The Mirrorexternal-link

Fulham manager Martin Jol wants former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen to join the coaching staff at Craven Cottage.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Liverpool are confident they will open contract negotiations with striker Luis Suarez, 26, next summer.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to help winger Raheem Sterling, 18, put his off-field distractions behind to him to rediscover last season's form.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Aston Villa are preparing for a club-versus-country row over Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 22.

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Fulham fear goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg needs a shoulder operation that will sideline him for a long period.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

AND FINALLY

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, has apologised for a sending-off against Napoli in typically bizarre fashion by saying: "Mario has made a mistake. He has been provoked and made a mistake in reacting. If Mario makes a bad mistake, Mario should be punished."

Full story: Sky Italiaexternal-link

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, 31, has started a degree in philosophy at Roehampton University.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

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