Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Transfer gossip

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.

Full story: Daily Mail

Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou
Mitroglou has helped Olympiakos win the Greek title three times

Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing £7.5m-rated Olympiakos and Greece striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, 25.

Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United are considering a move for Dinamo Bucharest's 18-year-old winger Dorin Rotariu.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Chelsea are leading the chase for Inter Milan's 25-year-old defender Andrea Ranocchia.

Full story: Daily Express

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.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Monaco are weighing up a move for 23-year-old Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker, who only signed a new contract in October.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Bayer Leverkusen want Chelsea's 22-year-old Belgian winger Kevin De Bruyne in January, according to the Germans' director of sport Rudi Voller.

Full story: Metro

Other gossip

Sacked Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, 36, is in line for a £4.5m compensation package.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Villas-Boas was sacked after refusing to pick 29-year-old striker Emmanuel Adebayor - despite Tottenham's lack of goals.

Full story: Independent

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will give former midfielder Tim Sherwood, 44, two games to prove he is up to replacing Villas-Boas.

Full story: Daily Star

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Sherwood should get the job permanently.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

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.

Full story: Daily Mail

Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick
Schalke manager Rangnick played for non-League Southwick when he was at the University of Sussex

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.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

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.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Gianfranco Zola, who resigned as manager of Watford on Monday, could replace Clarke at The Hawthorns.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland and Norwich midfielder Carl Robinson, 37, is the new manager of MLS team Vancouver Whitecaps.

Full story: Washington Post

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims striker Fernando Torres, 29, lacks skill and the killer instinct to score 25 goals in a season.

Full story: London Evening Standard

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.

Full story: Scotsman

And finally

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.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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