Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Barcelona are ready to rekindle their interest in Manchester City's Sergio Aguero after being encouraged to pursue the 25-year-old striker by Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi.
Another City striker linked with a move is Bosnian Edin Dzeko, 27, who is on Arsenal's wanted list.
AC Milan's 27-year-old Italy international right-back Ignazio Abate is also thought to be a target for Arsene Wenger.
Hull will make a fresh £6.5m bid for West Brom striker Shane Long, 26, in January after they failed to sign him in the summer.
Liverpool are lining up an approach for Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo, 26, after learning that the Germany international could be available for as little as £2.5m.
Fulham will attempt to sign Manchester United duo Wilfried Zaha, 21, and Anderson, 25, on loan in January.
Borussia Dortmund want Atletico Madrid striker and Liverpool target Diego Costa, 25, to replace Robert Lewandowski, who is widely expected to leave the club at the end of the season.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 28, is hoping to quit English football and move to a Turkish club in January after failing to make an impact since his £7.5m move from Newcastle.
Barcelona are close to offering midfielder Andres Iniesta, 29, a bumper new contract at the club in order to ward off interest from Manchester United.
Manchester United are scouting 19-year-old Sporting Lisbon winger Carolos Mane, who has a £1m buy-out clause in his contract.
Manchester United plan to offer England striker Wayne Rooney, 28, a new four-year contract worth a reported £52m by the New Year.
Crystal Palace hope to have their new manager in place by the weekend with former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, now at Dynamo Moscow, the favourite.
As Sweden prepare to play Portugal in Friday's World Cup play-off, coach Erik Hamren says his striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 32, is better than Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
England boss Roy Hodgson says Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman, 22, could still force his way into England's World Cup squad with some impressive performances in the remainder of the season.
Ashley Cole, 32, has been warned by England boss Roy Hodgson that his place is under threat, and his battle for the left-back berth with Leighton Baines, 28, has been dubbed "Shoot-out."
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who scored a stunning goal on his England debut against Montenegro last month, says he has to score more goals to cement his place in the Spurs team, and thus increase his chances of a place at the World Cup.
Townsend's Tottenham colleague, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 26, who will lead France in Friday's World Cup qualifying play-off in Ukraine, says he was fit to play for Spurs against Newcastle last weekend but medical staff told him not to.
Lionel Messi's brother has taken it upon himself to campaign for the Barcelona forward to be awarded this year's Ballon d'Or by tweeting a picture of Messi's trophy haul since 2009 alongside a graphic of Real Madrid's Ronaldo from the same time period.