Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Arsenal and Manchester City have expressed an interest in bringing former Chelsea, Gunners and Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra, 28, back to the Premier League from Lokomotiv Moscow in January.
Chelsea are lining up a loan deal to bring unsettled Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, 27, to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United are planning to offload midfield duo Ashley Young, 28, and Anderson, 25, in January.
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, 32, is among a host of the top Premier League players being targeted by the United States' Major League Soccer ahead of its 2015 expansion plans.
Benfica are facing a battle to keep £20m-rated Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic in January, with interest from Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, says he hopes to seal a move back to Barcelona next summer.
Meanwhile, the Anfield club are targeting Swedish striker Valmir Berisha, 17, after the Halmstad youngster was leading scorer in the Under-17 World Cup in the autumn.
Barcelona scouts have been watching Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 22, but Arsene Wenger prices him at £50m.
Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep, 21, says he is keen on a move to Arsenal, despite interest from Chelsea, Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Atletico Madrid are hoping to bring Chelsea midfield duo Juan Mata, 25, and Kevin De Bruyne, 22, to Spain as they prepare to let Manchester United and Liverpool midfield target Koke, 21, leave in the January transfer window.
Brazil legend Pele will not be taking Friday's World Cup draw after rejecting the opportunity to do so through fears of handing his country a difficult group.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, plans to open a museum dedicated to himself on the island of Madeira where he was born.
Andre Villas-Boas says he was relieved with his side's comeback victory over Fulham after the under-pressure Tottenham boss saw them record a 2-1 win to move up to sixth in the Premier League.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, who currently plays for Juventus, has been named the best under-21 player in Europe, winning the prestigious Golden Boy award.
Dimitar Berbatov, 32, is unhappy at struggling Fulham and the striker's agent is trying to engineer a January move out of Craven Cottage.
Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 26, winning the prestigious Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running after it was suspected the result was leaked to a Spanish news agency.
Former West Ham midfielder Stewart Robson says that the Hammers have "every chance'" of being relegated after three defeats in their last four matches.
Everton left-back Bryan Oviedo, 23, has labelled his winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday as the biggest moment of his career so far, and declared: "now anything is possible."
GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)
Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, 21, says he will not leave the club in January after reports emerged of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wanting to sign the young striker.
Juventus and AC Milan are pursuing Italian club Botafogo's 19 year-old defender Matheus Doria Macedo,
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says the club is talking to former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32, to renew his contract.
Police stopped Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, 21, while he was en-route to their match against Hull - and asked for a photo with him.
England will be cheered on at next summer's World Cup by the smallest number of travelling fans for a major tournament in decades with only 1000 members of the official supporters' club expected to make the trip to Brazil.