Friday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours
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Chelsea want to sign France under-21 international midfielder Gianelli Imbula, 21, from Marseille.
Manchester United are planning to make a renewed bid for Real Madrid's 25-year-old left-back Fabio Coentrao.
United manager David Moyes has made Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, 22, a key January target.
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.
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is keen to sign Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic , 26, but faces a fight with Atletico Madrid for his services.
Norwich City have rejected Wigan's bid to take striker Luciano Becchio on loan.
Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff, 27, could be allowed to leave Lyon after talks on a new contract stalled.
Arsenal and Liverpool are joining Juventus in the race to sign Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger, 21, from Red Bull Salzburg.
Jose Mourinho cried when he learned he was being passed over for the Manchester United job, according to a new book in Spain.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is struggling to cope with raised expectations after playing for England, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom, 20, is willing to go on loan to get first-team football.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke says there is big cash available for Arsene Wenger to make new signings in January.
Fulham manager Martin Jol wants former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen to join the coaching staff at Craven Cottage.
Liverpool are confident they will open contract negotiations with striker Luis Suarez, 26, next summer.
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.
Aston Villa are preparing for a club-versus-country row over Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 22.
Fulham fear goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg needs a shoulder operation that will sideline him for a long period.
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."
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, 31, has started a degree in philosophy at Roehampton University.