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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United are keeping a close eye on how Gareth Bale, 24, adapts to life at Real Madrid with view to a shock move for the Wales forward next year.

Gareth Bale
The start of Bale's Real Madrid career has been hampered by injury niggles

Full story: Metro

And Barcelona's former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes Bale is struggling under the weight of his £86m price tag.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Arsenal, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund are in competition for Olympiakos's Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou, 25, who has scored 14 goals in 14 games and hit three hat-tricks this season.

Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea will test Manchester United's desire to keep hold of in-form Wayne Rooney, 28, with a new £35m bid in January.

Full story: Metro

Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that Bruno Martins Indi, 21, may have to be sold amid speculation linking the defender with a move to the Premier League.

Full story: Sky Sports

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Basel's Michael Goncalves, with reports in Switzerland suggesting a bid could be made as early as January for the 18-year-old defender.

Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie argues with Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie argues with Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have started monitoring Anderlecht attacking midfielders Dennis Praet, 19, and Youri Tielemans, 16, who both played in the Champions League against Paris St-Germain last week.

Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal are keeping tabs on Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, 17, after he scored four goals against Mexico in the Under-17s World Cup.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Steve Bruce will look into the option of making on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore, 23, a permanent Hull player in January.

Full story: Sky Sports

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United and Netherlands striker Robin van Persie clashed with Stoke centre-half Ryan Shawcross on the pitch and in the tunnel after Saturday's 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Express

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew refused to take questions from some local media organisations following his side's 2-1 defeat by Sunderland because of their coverage of a protest against owner Mike Ashley before the game against Liverpool.

Full story: Newcastle Journal

Crystal Palace hope to appoint former Stoke boss Tony Pulis as Ian Holloway's successor this week, but Pulis is understood to have major reservations about taking charge of the Premier League's bottom club.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge thanks Didier Drogba and a sports psychiatrist for his excellent start to the season
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge thanks Didier Drogba and a sports psychiatrist for his excellent start to the season

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England manager Terry Venables believes Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is the missing ingredient that can ensure Roy Hodgson's men make an impact at next summer's World Cup.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, the former Manchester United striker, believes David Moyes will be manager at Old Trafford "for a long time."

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 24, has claimed his excellent start to the season is partly down to pre-season advice from former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba.

Full story: Daily Mirror

And England forward Sturridge also credits sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters for the impressive start he has made to his Liverpool career.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

AC Milan hope to use the January transfer window to recruit French side St Etienne's 22 year-old defender Faouzi Ghulam.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says Arsenal's former Real midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, may have "more quality", but current Real player Angel Di Maria, 25, has "more character".

Full story: Bild (in German)

Munich's Arjen Robben, 29, FC Schalke's Julian Draxler, 20, and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, 24, are being targeted by Paris St-Germain during the January transfer window to fill their attacking midfielder position.

Full story L'Equipe (in French)

Former Portugal winger Luis Figo, 40, who retired from football in 2009, reveals he left Real Madrid in 2005 because the club president Florentino Perez no longer wanted him.

Full story: As.com (in Spanish)

AND FINALLY

Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was at Anfield to watch her favourite team Liverpool beat West Brom on Saturday, saying: "I love all the traditions of the club and I know a few guys on the team. I love coming to watch the games. The atmosphere is just amazing."

Full story: Daily Mirror

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