Wednesday's gossip column
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Arsenal and Liverpool must pay £30m if they are to tempt Swansea to sell star striker Michu, 27.
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 25, has admitted he may have to leave Old Trafford for regular first-team football after starting just two of David Moyes' 11 games in charge.
Arsenal are facing a battle to keep hold of key defender Bacary Sagna, with the 30-year-old's current deal due to expire at the end of the season.
Doncaster want to take Manchester United striker Federico Macheda on another loan deal when the striker returns to fitness. The 22-year-old had been on loan with the Championship side before the spell ended after he suffered a hamstring injury.
Arsenal have beaten Aston Villa, Chelsea and Tottenham to the signing of 15-year-old Swedish defender Kristopher Da Graca, who currently plays with Swedish division four side Hisingbacka FC and will officially join the Gunners next summer.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club will consider a new contract for controversial striker Luis Suarez, 26, at the end of the season.
Crystal Palace have offered captain Mile Jedinak an improved contract to stay at Selhurst Park. The 29-year-old midfielder, who has already rejected one deal, could leave the Eagles on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Birmingham City manager Lee Clark believes he will be sacked if former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini's buy-out of the Championship club goes ahead.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka, 31, has told team-mate Leighton Baines, 28, that Chelsea's 32-year-old defender Ashley Cole is still the best left-back in England.
Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan, 30, claims he and his Black Cats team-mates have been stopped by the club from talking about former manager Paolo Di Canio.
Montenegro striker Dejan Damjanovic, 32, believes his country will beat England in their crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday. Damjanovic says Roy Hodgson's side 'are not a great team' and will underestimate Montenegro.
Everton's 20-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan from Chelsea, says he aims to score more goals this season than any of the other strikers at his parent club.
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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has admitted he left Paris St-Germain in order to regain his place in the France national team. The 23-year-old joined the Premier League side in August for £18m.
Juventus will try to sign Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami, 21, in the January transfer market.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 25, has criticised Real Madrid's style of play, which he claims is not 'very attractive'.
Manchester United's plans to redevelop their Carrington training ground have come to a halt this week because of a collection of water voles.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert invited the club's 1982 European Cup legends to dinner on Tuesday to celebrate their famous achievement and underline his interest in the club's history.