Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wants to sign Reds defender Daniel Agger, 29, on loan in January to boost Napoli's Serie A title chances in Italy.
Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing £7.5m-rated Olympiakos and Greece striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, 25.
Manchester United are considering a move for Dinamo Bucharest's 18-year-old winger Dorin Rotariu.
Chelsea are leading the chase for Inter Milan's 25-year-old defender Andrea Ranocchia.
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is a January target for QPR manager Harry Redknapp, who wants the 27-year-old on loan for the second half of the season.
Monaco are weighing up a move for 23-year-old Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker, who only signed a new contract in October.
Bayer Leverkusen want Chelsea's 22-year-old Belgian winger Kevin De Bruyne in January, according to the Germans' director of sport Rudi Voller.
Sacked Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, 36, is in line for a £4.5m compensation package.
Villas-Boas was sacked after refusing to pick 29-year-old striker Emmanuel Adebayor - despite Tottenham's lack of goals.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will give former midfielder Tim Sherwood, 44, two games to prove he is up to replacing Villas-Boas.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Sherwood should get the job permanently.
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay, 41, is on the brink of leaving the club after being told he will not get a "single penny" for new signings in January.
Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick, 55, came top in a newspaper poll of men West Bromwich Albion fans would like as their new manager following Steve Clarke's exit.
West Brom will inform their new head coach that they will have to lead the club to Premier League safety without any money for transfers in the January window.
Gianfranco Zola, who resigned as manager of Watford on Monday, could replace Clarke at The Hawthorns.
Former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland and Norwich midfielder Carl Robinson, 37, is the new manager of MLS team Vancouver Whitecaps.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims striker Fernando Torres, 29, lacks skill and the killer instinct to score 25 goals in a season.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has welcomed Darren Fletcher's long-awaited return from injury but could wait before recalling the Manchester United midfielder, 29, to the national team.
Former England striker Michael Owen, 34, is backing calls for a "peace match" between England and Afghanistan at Wembley to mark the end of the war against the Taliban.