Thursday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Italian champions Juventus are targeting Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, who is on a season-long loan at Everton.

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku, who has scored three goals in three appearances for Everton, is a target for Juventus

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal and Manchester City face a battle to convince 24-year-old forward Marco Reus to leave Borussia Dortmund, according to the German side's chief executive.

Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj's agent has confirmed that "several European clubs" are interested in signing the 18-year-old after talks on extending his contract at Old Trafford stalled. Juventus and Manchester City are among those monitoring the Belgian.

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, is still determined to leave Anfield and believes a £41m deal to replace the out-of-form Karim Benzema at Real Madrid could be sealed in January.

Full story: Intereconomia (in Spanish)

Chelsea could move for France international Benzema, 25, in January according to reports in Portugal.

Full story: Daily Express

Out-of-favour Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 22, is a target of his former club Werder Bremen.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Borussia Dortmund are lining up a January move to re-sign Manchester United's 24-year-old midfielder Shinji Kagawa.

Full story: Metro

Steve McClaren is set to make Manchester United defender Michael Keane, 20, his first signing as Derby manager in a loan deal.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal are preparing formal discussions with manager Arsene Wenger, 63, over a new three-year contract worth £8m per season.

Full story: Daily Mail

England goalkeeper Joe Hart was criticised by Gary Neville, a member of the national team's coaching staff, for his performance in Manchester City's 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Full story: the Guardian

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 20, will earn a first call-up into the England Under-21 squad for the European Under-21 Championship qualifying matches away to San Marino and at home to Lithuania.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Contrary to rumours on the internet, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew did not offer his resignation to club owner Mike Ashley in the wake of Monday's 3-2 defeat by Everton.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale could miss the next three weeks as Real Madrid look to ensure he is fit to face Barcelona

Full story: The Chronicle

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 24, is set to be out for three weeks as he hopes to overcome a thigh injury in time for the season's first El Clasico against Barcelona at the end of October.

Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung is "personally' involved in preliminary talks to sell the cash-strapped Championship club, acting chairman Peter Pannu has revealed.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Jake Livermore has backed Hull team-mate Tom Huddlestone, 26, to make a return to the England fold and add to the fourth cap he won against Sweden in November.

Full story: Hull Daily Mail

England's vital World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley have yet to sell out, but the Football Association is confident the remaining tickets will be bought.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Danny Welbeck, who scored in Manchester United's 1-1 Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, almost never made it to Ukraine after the United bus left the their Carrington training base without the 22-year-old.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

The Football Association has launched a new Tube map that features players instead of stations and lines such as 'the full-back line'.

Full story: Metro

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