Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out making any signings in January despite the poor Premier League goalscoring record of strikers Fernando Torres, 29, Samuel Eto'o, 32, and Demba Ba, 28, this season.
Chelsea and Manchester United are keen on Rennes midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 19.
Everton are ready to make a January move for Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason, 24, with Nikica Jelavic, 28, set to leave Goodison Park in the transfer window.
Everton and Liverpool scouts watched Dundee United's Ryan Gauld, 17, who has been nicknamed 'Baby Messi', Andrew Robertson, 19, and John Souttar, 17, play in Saturday's 4-1 win over Hearts at Tannadice.
Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is unlikely to bring in multiple reinforcements during the January transfer window.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce's job is at risk and the club's next game against Sunderland, who are bottom of the Premier League, could be key to his future.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised his strikers and said the Blues would be top of the league if they had scored as many goals as forwards at rivals clubs.
Former Costa Rica coach Bora Milutinovic says England should not underestimate the Central American side in next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
West Ham winger Stewart Downing, 29, could be out for two weeks after suffering a foot injury during the 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may miss the whole Christmas schedule after injuring his hamstring against West Ham on Saturday.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested to Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari that Philippe Coutinho, 21, should get an international call-up.
Former Port Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson, 28, is giving up football to join the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) franchise in the United States.