Gossip column: Rojo, Eto'o, Toure, Remy, Drogba, penguins

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Sporting Lisbon's Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, 24, has refused to show up for training in a bid to force through a £16m move to Manchester United. (Daily Express)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the club have an agreement "in principle" to sign Ghana winger Christian Atsu, 22, on a season's loan from Chelsea. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering a move for Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, who is a free agent after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season. (Guardian)external-link

Daily Mirror back page
The back page of the Daily Mirror

Defender Kolo Toure, 33, is set to leave Liverpool for Turkish side Trabzonspor in a £1.5m deal. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea are set to sign Roma central defender Mehdi Benatia, 27, in a £30m deal. (Daily Star)external-link

Sevilla are digging in their heels as Liverpool attempt to complete a deal for full-back Alberto Moreno, 22. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Sunderland want £8m for striker Connor Wickham, 21, after rejecting a £5m offer from West Ham. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

And the Hammers could return with a new bid to persuade the Black Cats to sell the England Under-21 forward. (Brentwood Gazette)external-link

Galatasaray are pondering a £28m double bid for Arsenal pair Joel Campbell, 22, and Lukas Podolski, 29. (Daily Express)external-link

QPR are set to offer striker Loic Remy, 27, in exchange for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 23, and striker Harry Kane, 21.(CaughtOffside)external-link

Remy may also be a target for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho looks for a replacement for injured striker Didier Drogba, 36. (Goal)external-link

Loic Remy
France international Loic Remy saw a move to Liverpool fall through last month

Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla, 29, has played down speculation he wants to leave Arsenal and head back to La Liga. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has admitted interest in Argentina midfielder - and free agent - Esteban Cambiasso, 33, but called the source who leaked the story a "clown". (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Olympiakos are planning a bid to re-sign Fulham's Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou, 26, on loan. (Daily Mail)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Retired referee Howard Webb has dismissed claims that he was biased towards Manchester United during his refereeing career, saying: "There's no element of truth in it." (Daily Telegraph)external-link

And Webb is to use a BBC studio in Salford to monitor Premier League games for controversial incidents in his new role as technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 36, could be out for four months with the ankle injury he sustained in the pre-season friendly against Ferencvaros on Sunday. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Forward Andre Schurrle, 23, says his World Cup triumph with Germany can inspire Chelsea to regain the Premier League title. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Huddersfield manager Neil Warnock has refused to rule out a return to the club following the departure of boss Mark Robins on Sunday. (Talksport)external-link

Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero
Willy Caballero played for Manchester City against Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday

Southampton may fine Morgan Schneiderlin if the France midfielder, 24, refuses to make himself available for the Premier League match against Liverpool on Sunday.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can be even stronger than they were last season after the Premier League side beat the Germans 4-0 in a friendly. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 32, has told his new team-mate Joe Hart, 27, that he faces a battle for the number one jersey at the Etihad Stadium.(Telegraph)external-link

But Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 27, has questioned Caballero's ability to become City's first choice - claiming the goalkeeper's positioning is poor. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Hull City midfielder Stephen Quinn, 28, will attempt to sort out his future by holding talks with manager Steve Bruce. (Hull Daily Mail)external-link

Members of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's backroom staff have been told they will no longer receive complimentary match tickets from the club. (Northern Echo)external-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

The mystery surrounding which Premier League club pop star Rihanna wants to buy has been revealed - and it is Liverpool. (Mundo Deportivo)external-link

Marseille say they have had an offer from an unnamed Qatari club for Brazilian defender Lucas Mendes, 24. (L'Equipe)external-link

Manchester United are ready to beat Arsenal to the signing of Borussia Dortmund's 25-year-old defender Mats Hummels. (Bild)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira spent four-and-a-half years in Italy with Juventus and Inter Milan

Former Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has criticised the decisionexternal-link to hand the presidency of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to Carlo Tavecchio - who made a racist comment about some players being "banana eaters" during his campaign.

Hull City defender Paul McShane says he and Republic of Ireland team-mate Robbie Brady gave newly-crowned US PGA champion Rory McIlroy golfing adviceexternal-link when they met in Ibiza over the summer.

And their Hull team-mate David Meyler has declared himself a fan of comedian Sarah Millican, tweeting:external-link "BBC2 - Sarah Millican is on. She's brilliant!"

Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage has tweeted a link to a newspaper articleexternal-link that says he will donate his hair to the National Football Museum in Manchester.

AND FINALLY

A huge penguin that roamed the earth millions of years ago would have been taller than Stoke City's 6ft 7in striker Peter Crouch, according to scientists. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Penguins
The average penguin is significantly shorter than former England striker Peter Crouch

Newcastle's out-of-favour winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, has cancelled a planned meet-and-greet session with fans at a bookshop after being warned it could harm his hopes of a first-team comeback. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United will ban fans from bringing tablet devices into matches at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)external-link

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, 31, was so hungry following his team's 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo that he gave a young fan his shirt - in return for popcorn. (Metro)external-link

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