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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Fulham manager Martin Jol has ruled out a January loan move for 20-year-old Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha.

Full story: ESPN

Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, 25, is interested in rejoining Chelsea during the January transfer window.

Full story: Metro

Spanish club Valencia are ready to make Liverpool an offer to take 20-year-old defender Tiago Ilori on loan in January.

Full story: Daily Express

Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic joined Benfica as part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Chelsea

Leeds United look set to open contract talks with teenager Alex Mowatt, 18, in an effort to ensure the midfielder's long-term future is at Elland Road.

Full story: Yorkshire Evening Post

Cardiff City winger Kadeem Harris, 20, is set to join League One side Brentford on loan.

Full story: Wales Online

French club St Etienne say they are under no financial pressure to sell 18-year-old defender Kurt Zouma, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is delighted that England have reached next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil and is willing to speak to FA chairman Greg Dyke about the future of the side.

Full story: The Sun (subscription required)

West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 24, who is currently out with a foot injury, has travelled to Belgium to see a physiotherapist who specialises in treating ballet injuries.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United have agreed to investigate the viability of introducing a safe-standing area at Old Trafford.

Full story: The Independent

Former Napoli player Diego Maradona, 52, says he would like to manage the Serie A club when current coach Rafael Benitez leaves.

Diego Maradona
Maradona played for Serie A club Napoli for seven years

Full story: La Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian)

Newcastle fans will renew their protests against club owner Mike Ashley by joining a march before Saturday's visit of Liverpool.

Full story: The Guardian

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley, 28, who was dropped by former manager Paolo Di Canio after an incident in a Newcastle casino, has been restored to the squad by new boss Gus Poyet.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says 33-year-old club captain Steven Gerrard is "probably the best player" he has worked with "at a high tempo".

Full story: Daily Mirror

Mexico coach Victor Manuel Vucetich, 58, is set to lose his job to Club America boss Miguel Herrera, 45.

Full story: NBC Sports

AND FINALLY

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has ditched three bans that were imposed by his predecessor Roberto Mancini. Mancini had banned music both before and after matches, put a block on the colour purple on all clothing and insisted on team meetings taking place at odd-numbered times and not on the hour but Pellegrini has put an end to the rules.

Full story: Daily Star

Former Brazil forward Romario, 47, has called for protests against the 2014 World Cup being held in his country because of the cost of staging it.

Full story: Daily Mirror

A Wolves fan will miss his first home game since 1976 to attend his stepdaughter's wedding.

Full story: Metro

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