Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is planning a £48m raid for Napoli's Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 26, who played under him at Real Madrid.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is to make a £30m bid for Atletico Madrid's attacking midfielder Koke, 21, when the transfer window opens.
Moyes has also been told that if he wants to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 24, it will cost up to £40m.
The Old Trafford side are also poised to make a move for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 25, who is rated at about £15m.
Roberto Martinez says Everton must wait until the end of the season to open talks on a permanent deal for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, 32.
Arsenal have been quoted £22m if they want to sign Newcastle's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the January transfer window.
Celtic are interested in Egypt Under-21 international Mahmoud Hassan, the 19-year-old midfielder currently with Al Ahly.
Liverpool are ready to reward manager Brendan Rodgers, 40, with a new contract worth more than £2m a year. Rodgers has only 18 months left to run on the three-year deal he signed in 2012.
West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing has denied rumours striker Nicolas Anelka is coasting to the end of his career at the club, and insists the 34-year-old former France striker will have a part to play over the holiday period.
Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 24, has thanked his girlfriend's father, former Dutch great Johan Neeskens, for his help as he prepares to return after 13 weeks out injured. Neeskens was part of the Dutch side who were runners-up at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana has freed himself up for the World Cup by getting married on Christmas Eve. The 25-year-old was due to tie the knot with fiancee Emily Jubb on the day of England's first match in Brazil but they brought the big day forward.