Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Brendan Rodgers will ask Liverpool's owners for two big January signings to deliver Champions League football with Greek forward Konstantinos Mitroglou, 25, high on the list of targets.
Striker Javier Hernandez, 25, could leave Manchester United in search of first-team football and head to Arsenal, believes former United coach Rene Meulensteen.
Zenit forward Hulk, 27, has opened the door on a January transfer to Tottenham by admitting he wants to play under his former Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas once again.
Manchester United boss David Moyes has claimed that he was close to signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 22, during his time as manager at Everton.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to take Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha on loan and has asked David Moyes to let him have the 20-year-old winger.
Fiorentina and Inter Milan are both plotting January moves for unsettled Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez.
Real Madrid are reported to have reached a first refusal agreement for Arsenal and Manchester United target German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 23.
Or, both Arsenal and United have been handed a boost in the race to sign Gundogan after the player's father revealed there is no agreement in place between his current club Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
Former Tottenham and Crystal Palace midfielder John Bostock is open to playing for Scotland as the exiled 21-year-old Royal Antwerp midfielder considers closing the door on England.
Sepp Blatter has admitted he is open to the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in more than one Gulf nation after revealing several countries have offered to co-host the tournament with Qatar.
Former Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka is in pole position to succeed Ian Holloway as manager of Crystal Palace with the Premier League's basement club hoping to make the appointment next week.
Wayne Rooney has been preparing for Manchester United's clash against Arsenal on Sunday with a trip to see teenage singer-songwriter Jake Bugg in concert in Manchester.