Saturday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours
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Liverpool are planning a January move for Paris St-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, 24, after his agent said he is unhappy at the French club.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has made Valencia winger Andres Guardado, 26, his priority target signing during the January transfer window.
Striker Saido Berahino, 20, is striving for a new deal at West Brom after impressing in their midweek cup tie against Arsenal.His current contract expires at the end of the season.
Manchester United are preparing a £15m offer for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay. The 26-year-old has been tracked by United scouts for years.
Tottenham are believed to be lining up a £1m deal for 16-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Inter Milan will compete with Tottenham to sign Zenit St Petersburg full-back Domenico Criscito, 26, this winter.
Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Willian, 25, was so close to becoming a Spurs player that he had reportedly signed a contract with the north London club.
Fulham are tracking Olympiakos centre-back Kostas Manolas, 22, who came close to joining Everton last year.
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, 25, has insisted that Chelsea players and fans love him - even if his manager Jose Mourinho does not.
Manchester United boss David Moyes wants to sign 18-year-old winger Adnan Januzaj to a long-term contract at Old Trafford.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told 26-year-old midfielder Samir Nasri he must maintain his good start to the season or face the axe.
Sunderland owner Ellis Short has reportedly spoken to former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen about becoming the club's new manager.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup says Spanish striker Michu is his best ever signing. The 27-year-old Spaniard has scored 27 goals in 53 appearances since costing only £2m from Rayo Vallecano.
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, says he does not expect to return to Liverpool after learning that he was being loaned out to Napoli while he was on holiday.
Atletico Mineiro forward Ronaldinho, 33, is in a race against time to be fit for the Club World Cup in December after suffering a serious groin injury.
Troubled former England star Paul Gascoigne has been targeted by hackers who drained his bank account of up to £50,000.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, has written to the Miami police in an effort to persuade them to drop charges against a fan who hugged him during a pre-season game.
Former England captain David Beckham is 50-1 to be named as a godparent to Prince George.