Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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ENGLAND V GERMANY

Germany boss Joachim Low has dismissed suggestions his decision to rest several key players for Tuesday's friendly against England is in any way disrespectful and the 53-year-old was generous of his praise for his opposite number Roy Hodgson.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Andros Townsend
Townsend scored on his full England debut in the 4-1 win against Montenegro

Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend, 22, has been marked out by Germany as England's danger man ahead of the friendly, with Low describing England's wide players as "very impressive".

Full story: Sun (Subscription)

But former Germany and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has mocked the way Townsend has emerged from relative obscurity to become England's new "saviour".

Full story: Daily Express

England boss Roy Hodgson, 66, has said learning abut his players is more important than beating Germany.

Full story: Daily Mirror

England captain Steven Gerrard is hoping a series of special back injections will extend his career for at least two seasons after crediting the procedure for his return to top form.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona are considering a surprise January bid for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Spanish champions want the ex-Manchester United man, 32, to provide experienced cover for the injured Lionel Messi.

Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov
Barcelona are considering a surprise move for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov

Full story: Daily Express

Newcastle must fight off six other top-flight clubs to land Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, 21, on loan.

Full story: Sun (Subscription)

Belgium forward Eden Hazard has told Chelsea team-mate and compatriot Kevin De Bruyne, 22, to quit Stamford Bridge to save his World Cup dream.

Full story: Daily Star

Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini is thought to have dropped his interest in Chelsea captain John Terry after learning the 32-year-old has no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge in January.

Full story: Metro

Arsenal are closely monitoring Croatian starlet Alen Halilovic, 17, after Tottenham were unable to seal a deal for the Dinamo Zagreb attacking midfielder.

Full story: Daily Express

Fulham are interested in signing Brazilian midfielder Anderson, 25, on loan from Manchester United when the January transfer window opens.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Liverpool believe they have won the race for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes. It is thought the Championship club would allow the England Under-21 international, 18, to leave Pride Park for about £12m.

Full story: Metro

Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are interested in Torino winger Alessio Cerci. The Italy international, 26, has scored eight goals in 12 Serie A games this season.

Full story: Talksport

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool owner John W Henry is sending his own private jet to Montevideo in order to ensure Uruguay international Luis Suarez returns to Merseyside in peak condition for Saturday's derby against Everton.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Dan Petrescu
Crystal Palace target Dan Petrescu played over 200 Premier League games between 1994 and 2002

England midfielder Michael Carrick, 32, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract extension at Manchester United as he looks to end his career at Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday defender Dan Petrescu is keen to be named as Crystal Palace's new manager. The Romanian, 45, impressed the Premier League club's hierarchy during talks in Russia, where he currently manages Dinamo Moscow.

Full story: London Evening Standard

However, Petrescu's appointment is far from complete as the two parties are yet to agree on the terms of the deal.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 22, says he almost signed for Real Madrid - then managed by current Blues boss Jose Mourinho - in 2012 before moving to Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas fears midfielder Christian Eriksen will miss three months with an ankle injury sustained on international duty with Denmark.

Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Germany's players and staff surprised London Underground travellers by taking the Tube to their Wembley training session for Tuesday's international match against England.

Full story: Metro

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