Transfer gossip: Zigic, Song, Blind, Cavani, Vidal, Van Gaal

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Former Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic, 33, is a poised for a sensational move to Arsenal according to his agent. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Nikola Zigic
Nikola Zigic is a free agent after leaving Birmingham

Manchester United boss Van Gaal is weighing up a shock £20m move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, 24. (Daily Star)external-link

The Red Devils are also considering offering Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa, 25, or Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 26, as a makeweight in a deal for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27.(Independent)external-link

Although United have yet to make an offer for versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind, 24, according to Ajax. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal are ready to make a £50m bid for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani as Olivier Giroud, also 27, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.(Daily Express)external-link

The Gunners want Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, 23, to replace the injured Giroud, but the Red Devils are reluctant to sell.(Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also interested in a loan deal for Monaco's Colombia forward Radamel Falcao, 28, and France striker Loic Remy, 27, who is available for £8.5m from QPR.(Guardian)external-link

Real Madrid are to spend the majority of the money they received from Manchester United for Angel Di Maria on 28-year-old Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.(Le Sport 10 - in French)external-link

AC Milan have confirmed they are looking to sign the Chelsea pair of striker Fernando Torres, 30, and midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21. (Daily Express)external-link

The Sun back page
The Sun back page

The Italian club are fed up waiting for Torres to make a decision and could switch their attentions to Tottenham striker Robert Soldado, 29, or Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, 23. (Inside Futbol)external-link

Tottenham are poised to complete the signing of Sevilla central defender Federico Fazio, 27, after paying his £8m buyout clause. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Spurs are also interested in Cameroon midfielder Alexandre Song, 26, who has been told that he can leave Barcelona on a free transfer. (Times - subscription only)external-link

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is ready to move for West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame, 27, after tracking the Senegal international for 12 months.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Stoke full-back Geoff Cameron, 29, is wanted by Lazio after falling down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium.(Sun - subscription only)external-link

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka remains confident of signing forward Patrick Bamford, 21, on loan from Chelsea before their clash with Reading at the weekend. (Northern Echo)external-link

French striker Cedric Bakambu, 23, claims he has been offered the chance to join Swansea from Sochaux. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Cardiff want to add a centre-back to their ranks before the transfer window closes with Bordeaux's £4m-rated Lamine Sane, 27, on their shortlist.(South Wales Echo)external-link

Norwich City are on the verge of signing 25-year-old Belgian midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe for £4m from Club Brugge.(Norwich Evening News)external-link


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's intimidating regime has left the club's players shocked and confused. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, has told his team-mates he does not want to leave St James' Park.(Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Hatem Ben Arfa
France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa joined Newcastle from Marseille in August 2010

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to give right-back Bacary Sagna, 31, his debut against Stoke on Saturday and centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, 23, could also figure.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria, 26, has claimed he did not want to leave Real Madrid, but was left no choice by the La Liga club's board.(ESPN)external-link

Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne is out of hospital after his latest health scare, but facing a bleak future after losing a £14m fortune.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Fulham defender John Arne Riise has criticised Felix Magath, claiming the current manager has flushed the club's philosophy "down the toilet". (Sun - subscription only)external-link

If Magath is sacked by Fulham, then former England boss Glenn Hoddle will leave his job as QPR assistant to take over at Craven Cottage. (London Evening Standard)external-link

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists former striker Les Ferdinand will not be taking up the role of director of football at Loftus Road.(Sky Sports)external-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Turkish club Trabzonspor are pursuing Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 31.(Bild - in German)external-link

Adrien Rabiot
Adrien Rabiot made his Ligue 1 debut for PSG against Bordeaux in August 2012

Juventus have joined Tottenham and AC Milan in pursuit of Paris St-Germain's 19-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot.(L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Atletico Madrid are considering making a move for Bayern Munich's 22-year-old Switzerland midfielder Xheridan Shaqiri.(Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Napoli are on the verge of signing Spanish midfielder David Lopez, 24, from Espanyol.( - in Spanish)external-link


Former England midfielder Peter Reid took to Twitterexternal-link to praise Manchester City's on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, who has announced his international retirement. "Some goal scoring record Frank Lampard from the middle of the park," he wrote. "Brilliant."

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, 29, has left fans wondering if he might be leaving after posting a cryptic Instagramexternal-link message: "Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out. Opportunities don't happen, you create them! #StayFocus #NoExcuses #FightForYourGoals #BeStrong #Champs #Victory #Glory #Poldi #aha"

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko joins in the criticism of Manchester United after their 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons with the Twitterexternal-link message: "Hahahaha."


West Ham's 15-year-old defender Reece Oxford, who was named as a substitute in the Hammers' Capital One Cup defeat by Sheffield United on Tuesday, is already attracting interest from Manchester United. (Daily Mail) external-link

New Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed that he got to know his new Swansea City team-mates by researching them on the Football Manager computer game. (South Wales Echo)external-link

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