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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea will re-sign Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 25, from Benfica for £22m - three years after selling him to the Portuguese giants for £3m.

Full story: Guardian

Sporting Lisbon have entered the race for Manchester United winger Nani, 27.

Full story: Daily Star

But Fulham are ready to hijack the deal with their own move for the Portugal international.

Full story: Metro

Manchester City want to sign Barcelona central midfielder Xavi, 33, to play for their new Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC in 2015.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United boss David Moyes has held talks with Juventus over a planned double move for 20-year-old Paul Pogba - who left Old Trafford 18 months ago - and fellow midfielder Arturo Vidal, 26.

Full story: Daily Mail

But Moyes is set to miss out on Benfica's Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay, 27, who is poised for a move to Russian club Zenit St Petersburg instead.

Full story: Daily Express

Crystal Palace and QPR may make a move for Carlton Cole, 30, after the former England striker's short-term deal with West Ham expired on Monday.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton are interested in signing Kenwyne Jones, 29, from Stoke City. Jones has just six months left on his current deal and Stoke might be prepared to sell the Trinidad and Tobago striker for £1m.

Full story: Guardian

Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori, 20, is in talks over a loan move to La Liga side Granada. The centre-back has yet to feature for Brendan Rodgers's side following his £7m move from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

Luuk De Jong
Luuk de Jong joined Borussia Monchengladbach from FC Twente in 2012

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will make Wigan striker Grant Holt, 32, his first signing of the transfer window.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Fulham's Costa Rica international forward Bryan Ruiz, 28, is set to join PSV Eindhoven following talks last weekend.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Burnley's 21-goal top scorer Danny Ings, 21, is staying at Turf Moor at least until the end of the season as they bid for promotion to the Premier League, says manager Sean Dyche.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

Borussia Monchengladbach's Netherlands international striker Luuk de Jong, 23, says that he is open to joining Newcastle.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager David Moyes will offer captain Nemanja Vidic, 32, a new 12-month deal in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford beyond this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for the rest of his career.

Raheem Sterling
Winger Raheem Sterling has started Liverpool's last 10 matches

Full story: London Evening Standard

Andre Villas-Boas is taking a break from the game after losing his job as Tottenham manager last month.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that selling Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, to Arsenal in September was a mistake.

Full story: Daily Express

Winger Raheem Sterling, 19, has what it takes to win a place in England's World Cup squad, according to his Liverpool team-mate and national team captain Steven Gerrard.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Paul Ince insists he will not quit as Blackpool manager despite a run of seven defeats in eight Championship games.

Full story: Blackpool Gazette

Stoke keeper Jack Butland, 20, has posted an appeal on Twitter for help to track down his car - which was stolen hours before he made his full Premier League debut in Sunday's 5-3 defeat at home to Liverpool.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31, admits that his move to Major League Soccer side Toronto might damage his hopes of earning a place in England's World Cup squad.

Full story: Independent

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, is likely to be fit to face champions Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday following a positive scan on his thigh injury.

Full story: Daily Star

Bacary Sagna, 30, is set to hold fresh talks with Arsenal about a new contract. The France defender's current deal with the Gunners expires at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has enjoyed a happy atmosphere during a sunshine break in Barbados - after being joined by comedian Russ Abbot.

Russ Abbot
Russ Abbot is well-known for his 1984 UK top-10 hit Atmosphere and his BBC sketch show

Full story: Metro

Ex-England keeper Paul Robinson's match-winning display for Blackburn against Doncaster on Saturday has won the 34-year-old a famous fan - One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, who watched from the stands at Ewood Park.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

QPR midfielder Joey Barton, 31, caused a storm on Twitter by cheekily suggesting he was a certainty to win the Ballon d'Or.

Full story: Irish Independent

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