Gossip column: Carrick, Vlaar, Bale, De Gea, Ronaldo, Wilshere

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United are ready to give midfielder Michael Carrick, 33, a one-year contract extension as he prepares to return to action following ankle surgery. (Sun - subscription required)

Manager Louis van Gaal is hoping to ease Manchester United's defensive problems by signing Aston Villa's Netherlands centre-half Ron Vlaar, 29, in the January transfer window. (Sunday Express)

David De Gea
David De Gea's brilliant form for Manchester United is being noticed by Real Madrid

Juventus star Sebastian Giovinco, 27, is considering a free transfer to Arsenal, Liverpool or Spurs, with the striker's contract set to expire in the summer. (Sunday Express)

Real Madrid are lining up Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 23, as a long-term successor to 33-year-old Iker Casillas.(Marca)

Manchester City's England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, has opened talks about a new four-year contract with the club after being assured he is manager Manuel Pellegrini's number one. (Daily Mail)

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, 43, is set to become the new boss of Bolton Wanderers after the departure of Dougie Freedman. (Sun - subscription required)

Manchester United will have to pay Real Madrid €1bn (£800m) if they want to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, according to his agent Jorge Mendes, who revealed his client's release clause in an interview. (AS)

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale eventually moved to Real Madrid for £77m

Tottenham once offered to sell Gareth Bale, 25, to German side Hamburg in a £5m deal, according to former Spurs boss Martin Jol. (Talksport)

Paris St-Germain have offered France midfielder Adrien Rabiot a new deal in an effort to stave off interest from the Premier League. The 19-year-old is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United are preparing a £60m bid for Everton duo Ross Barkley, 20, and Seamus Coleman, 26, and could offer former Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, as part of the deal. (Caughtoffside.com)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka, 35, was due to play for his new club Mumbai City on Sunday despite being banned for five games by the FA for a gesture deemed anti-Semitic in December. (Daily Mail)

Saido Berahino
Berahino scored from the penalty spot to give England Under-21s a 2-1 win over Croatia on Friday

England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been watching clips of Bayern Munich's Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso on his iPad to make him a better player.(Sunday Mirror)

West Bromwich Albion are preparing a new contract for England Under-21s striker Saido Berahino, 21, who has been attracting attention from other clubs.(Birmingham Mail)

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes rates Adnan Januzaj, 19, alongside Wayne Rooney as the best young talent he has ever seen. (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Moyes says he is ready to return to management six months after his sacking as United boss. (Sunday Telegraph)

Sunday Telegraph back page
Sunday Telegraph back page

Manchester United's proposal to introduce sponsorship on the back of replica jerseys has been shot down by their Premier League rivals. (Sunday Times)

Former Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen is set for a shock transfer to ITV after 22 years with the BBC, to join a sports comedy panel show. (Sunday Mirror)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany reveals a possible future career, as he takes his Belgian team-mates for a spinning class.

AND FINALLY

A 77-year-old Liverpool fan broke her wrist in a fall outside Anfield - but insisted on watching her team beat West Brom before going to hospital and having surgery. (Liverpool Echo)

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