Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Liverpool are considering a move for 21-year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings as Brendan Rodgers looks to add cover for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in January. The England Under-21 forward has scored 15 goals this season.
Manchester United manager David Moyes could include wingers Nani and Antonio Valencia in a potential bid for Galatasaray's Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 29.
Porto will offer France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 22, a pay rise to block interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Dimitar Berbatov is keen to leave relegation-threatened Fulham in January. The Bulgarian striker's contract expires in the summer but the 32-year-old wants to move on at the turn of the year, with Turkish side Trabzonspor interested.
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants the promise of a fair opportunity of first-team football before he will agree to return to Chelsea. Courtois, 21, is in a third season on loan at Atletico Madrid and does not want to return to Stamford Bridge to provide back-up to Petr Cech.
Fulham's new manager Rene Meulensteen wants to sign Dynamo Moscow winger Balazs Dzsudzsak, 26, in a £11m deal.
Norwegian left-back John Arne Riise is hoping to prove himself at Fulham under new manager Rene Meulensteen after looking set to leave in January before Martin Jol's departure.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes his team can reach the Champions League if they can get 71 points this season.
Mamadou Sakho could be drafted back into the Liverpool defence for the first time in a month against Norwich on Wednesday night. France centre-back Sakho, 23, joined the Reds for £18m from Paris-St Germain in the summer and has not played since the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on 2 November.
Everton defender John Heitinga, 30, is a target for Sam Allardyce's West Ham.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be given money to spend in January to bolster his squad. City are currently two places above the relegation zone.
Former Hibernian and Falkirk boss John Hughes, 49, is expected to be appointed manager of Scottish Premiership side Inverness on a two-and-a-half-year deal to replace new Hibs boss Terry Butcher.
GLOBAL GOSSIP from BBC Monitoring
West Ham could be ready to replace manager Sam Allardyce with Pepe Mel, 50, after the Spaniard was sacked by Real Betis.
Real Madrid have rejected claims that striker Alvaro Morata, 21, could be set for a loan move to Arsenal or Tottenham in January.
Barcelona keeper target Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 21, says he will decide on his future at Borussia Monchengladbach in the coming weeks.
Phil Neville is enjoying life as a Manchester United coach so much he would like to sleep at the club's training ground.