Thursday's gossip column
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Arsenal are closing in on the £2m signing of Fulham's 32-year-old former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
And the Gunners could also sign France striker Loic Remy, 27, after Queens Park Rangers player said that he does not know if he will return to Loftus Road after his loan at Newcastle ends.
Turkish club Besiktas are trying to prise defender Joleon Lescott, 31, away from Manchester City but manager Manuel Pellegrini does not want him to leave.
Newcastle's £22m-rated midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, will only move to Paris St-Germain if the French club can offload players in the January transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to bring 18-year-old midfielder Mats Moller Daehli with him from Molde once he has been named manager of Cardiff City.
Jose Mourinho has left the door open for midfielder Juan Mata, 25, to quit Chelsea this month, despite insisting he doesn't want the Spaniard to leave.
Manchester United are considering a club record bid to sign Juventus' Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, 26.
And United manager David Moyes is also closing in on Dinamo Zagreb's £6m-rated striker Robert Muric, 17, for a bargain £300,000.
Arsenal are preparing a January bid for Manchester United's Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 25.
Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is lining up a £2.5m bid for Blackburn defender Scott Dann, 26.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp wants to use the January transfer window to ease the pressure on 24-year-old top-scorer Charlie Austin.
West Bromwich Albion caretaker boss Keith Downing, 48, is refusing to enter the running for the vacant manager's job despite ending the club's poor run of form.
Manchester City are planning to squeeze in a friendly against Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates on 14 January, to open the club's new stadium.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes 26-year-old midfielder Joe Ledley will sign a new contract to stay at the Scottish Premiership leaders.
Sacked Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay watched his former club Celtic kick off the new year on Wednesday with a 1-0 Scottish Premiership win over Glasgow neighbours Partick Thistle.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will take on Paris St-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a battle-of-the-superstars friendly in Doha on Thursday.