Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Sporting Lisbon have placed a £6m price-tag on Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham target Diego Capel, 25.
Everton, Hull and Crystal Palace have joined Newcastle in the race for Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim, 22.
Manchester United are lining up Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, 21, as a replacement for left-back Patrice Evra, 32.
Manchester City are considering a bid for FC Groningen's Richairo Zivkovic, 17, who has been dubbed the "new Arjen Robben".
Valencia midfielder Ever Banega, 25, has confirmed he wants to move in the January transfer window, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton all believed to be interested in the Argentina international.
Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is eyeing up a raid on his former club Chelsea for Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 24.
Benitez is also planning to ask another of his ex-clubs Liverpool to open talks on a deal for midfielder Lucas, 26.
Nathan Dyer, 25, has called on Austrian referee Robert Schorgenhofer to deal with any racist chants when Swansea City take on Kuban Krasnodar in Russia on Thursday night.
Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, 27, is keen to sign a new deal beyond his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2015.
Celtic supporters were reportedly attacked by hooligans armed with pickaxes while drinking in Amsterdam's Red Light district on Wednesday ahead of the club's Champions League game against Ajax.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is likely to tell winger Ashley Young, 28, to curb his tendency to dive.
Former Arsenal and France winger Robert Pires, 40, says he is on a shortlist to take part in the planned Indian Super League next year.
Spartak Moscow are lining up a lucrative new contract for Everton target Aiden McGeady, 27, in a bid to keep him in Russia.
Hibernian's players will enjoy working under new manager Terry Butcher, 54, says Eric Black - who once made the former England defender his number two at Motherwell.
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Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 32, is confident new manager Mark Hughes will be a success at the Britannia Stadium.
Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, 26, says his time at Tottenham was a failure because he could not deal with his new-found wealth.
Third division Brazilian side Madureira's decision to release a new kit featuring the face of Che Guevara has resulted in record replica shirt sales.