Gossip column: Sterling, Valdes, Soldado, Vidal, Keane, Henry

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea have been linked with a surprise £48m move for Liverpool's 19-year-old England midfielder Raheem Sterling. (Daily Express)

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling's form for Liverpool has caught the eye

Liverpool have started negotiations with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes over a move to the Premier League. The 32-year-old is currently a free agent. (Daily Star)

Inter Milan are interested in signing Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, 29, but would not be able to match his reported £60,000-a-week wages at White Hart Lane. (Daily Express)

Meanwhile, Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 31, could join Tottenham for just £3m in January if Soldado moves. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have received a boost in their bid to tempt midfielder Arturo Vidal to Old Trafford, with the 27-year-old set to hold talks with Juventus bosses who are unhappy with his recent behaviour. (Daily Star)

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, 37, could leave New York Red Bulls and return to Europe. (Talksport)

West Brom are set to secure the signing of Porto defender Rolando, 29, for £1m in January after the Portugese club froze him out of selection. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Aston Villa assistant boss Roy Keane says Jose Mourinho is a "disgrace" and the Chelsea manager was lucky he did not punch him when he attempted to shake his hand before the end of Villa's 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last month. (Daily Telegraph)

Daily Mail back page
Friday's Daily Mail back page

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind, 24, says he has a long way to go before he earns the right to be considered Roy Keane's successor. (Manchester Evening News)

Meanwhile, United are set to offer defender Tyler Blackett, 20, an improved contract which would increase his wages from £2,000 to £50,000 a week. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has angrily demanded football be banned in Qatar in the summer, warning people may have to "drop dead" before Fifa does anything to act. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil's scan on a knee complaint presented the club with 'bad news' after the 25-year-old Germany midfielder returned early from international duty.(London Evening Standard)

Wenger may have to play left-back Nacho Monreal, 28, out of position at centre-back and 19-year-old Hector Bellerin at right-back in Arsenal's next Premier League match after the club's injury problems worsened. (The Times - subscription required)

England under-21s manager Gareth Southgate has called on the crowd at Molineux, home of Wolves, not to boo striker Saido Berahino, who plays his club football for rivals West Brom, as he leads the line in their Euro 2015 playoff against Croatia. (The Sun - subscription required)

Rangers fans have written to the Scottish Football Association to demand they block Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley's attempts to increase his stake at Ibrox. (Daily Record)

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is reportedly set to take over at Bolton having turned down offers to manage in the Middle East. (The Sun - subscription required)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Lukas Podoloski
Lukas Podoloski has been declaring his love for football

Arsenal striker Lukas Podoloski is perhaps getting a little too involved in his profession, after posting this picture and message on Instagram: "We can't keep our eyes off each other - It was love at the first sight and we're still in love... ;)"

Andros Townsend scored his first England goal in almost a year as England beat San Marino 5-0 on Thursday, and he tweeted: "Always a massive honour to represent my country! And delighted to get on the scoresheet regardless of who we played!"

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was equally delighted with his first senior appearance at Wembley and tweeted: "Happy to have made my first England start and to come away with a win! Great support from the England fans tonight!"

AND FINALLY

England fans showed their humorous side by voting goalkeeper Joe Hart man of the match after the 5-0 win against San Marino. (Metro)

Sol Campbell has admitted he is prepared "to have a conversation" with the Conservative party about entering into a career in politics. (The Times - subscription required)

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