Transfer gossip: Strootman, Pogba, Candreva, Borini, Valdes

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Kevin Strootman
Kevin Strootman missed the 2014 World Cup after injuring his left knee while playing for Roma

Manchester United are lining up a move for Roma's Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)external-link

United could make a £60m summer move for their former midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, now with Juventus, who is also thought to be a target for Real Madrid and Chelsea. (Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool have agreed personal terms on a one-year deal with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, with the free agent set to move to Anfield imminently. (Daily Express)external-link

But the Reds could have to wait until November to sign Valdes, 32, as he is recovering from a knee injury. (Daily Star)external-link

Arsenal and Tottenham are set to revive their interest in Lazio's attacking midfielder Antonio Candreva in January. The 27-year-old is thought to be unhappy at not being offered a new contract by the Italians. (Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini's demands over wages and a get-out clause in his contract scuppered a move to QPR for the 23-year-old. (the Sun - subscription required)external-link

England international full-back Micah Richards, 26, rejected an improved contract at Manchester City in an effort to resurrect his career in Serie A at Fiorentina. (Talksport)external-link

French winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, is likely to have played his last game for Newcastle United after joining Hull City on loan.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Ben Arfa almost cried at the warm welcome he got when he arrived at Hull. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Paris St-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, 26, wanted to join the Ligue 1 club before his move from Real Madrid to Manchester United.(Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley had to call Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert personally to revive the deal to take him to the Midlands club, who had been angered by the 25-year-old's apparent change of heart when Everton showed an interest in signing him. (Sun - subscription required) external-link

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp could revive his interest in Jermain Defoe in January after failing to sign the 31-year-old Toronto FC striker on transfer deadline day. (Talksport)external-link


New England captain Wayne Rooney, 28, has been "awful" for Manchester United this season and should be dropped, says former Red Devils defender Paul Parker. (Eurosport)external-link

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The Daily Star back page

Rooney has also been criticised by Norway captain Vegard Forren, who claimed the striker "looks a bit chubby". (Daily Star)external-link

Meanwhile, Rooney says he has set his sights on winning over disaffected England fans as well as getting some silverware with the national team. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 31, has rejected claims he requires knee surgery. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

United midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, made a frantic personal call to Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert on Monday evening before the deadline, urging him to secure a loan deal. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 30, says he knew his time was up at Stamford Bridge when the Blues signed Diego Costa, 25. (GetWestLondon)external-link

Winger Adel Taarabt, 25, now back at QPR having spent last season on loan at Fulham and AC Milan, is a special talent who can inspire the Londoners to avoid relegation, according to chairman Tony Fernandes. (Daily Mail)external-link

Swansea boss Garry Monk says striker Wilfried Bony, 25, who has been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, did not look for a move during the transfer window. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's future at the club could depend on his side's results from the next two games, against Southampton and Hull.(Independent)external-link

Meanwhile, in an open letter to the Newcastle fans, departing winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, says the Magpies will "forever" be in his heart and holds no grudges against the club. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

The agent of former Sunderland loanee Fabio Borini says the striker, 23, is determined to prove his worth, having returned to Liverpool.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

Swindon boss Mark Cooper, son of former Leeds player Terry, is "flattered" by interest from the Whites who are searching for a new manager. (Yorkshire Evening Post)external-link


Liverpool striker Fabio Borini tweeted his delight at staying at Anfield after apparent interest from Sunderland and QPR. He said:external-link "Finally the madness is finished! I protected the MAN and the player that I am today… taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn't want it... and I'm VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!"

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, used his YouTube channelexternal-link to show a day of spectacular driving with former Formula 1 champion Jenson Button.

Spain striker Alvaro Negredo, 29, posted an open letter on his Twitter accountexternal-link thanking Manchester City following his move to Valencia.


A Monaco fan site is urging supporters of the club to demand a refund for their season tickets following the departures of strikers Radamel Falcao, 28, and James Rodriguez, 23. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs, 40, says former Old Trafford team-mate and Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer invited his grandparents into his office for a cup of tea. (Wales Online)external-link

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