Gossip column: Sterling, Ronaldo, Gerrard, Khedira, Podolski, Alves

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Real Madrid have no interest in signing Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, 19, insists manager Carlo Ancelotti just days before the sides meet in the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

Ancelotti has also told Manchester United to forget about re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo as he is "100% certain" the 29-year-old will stay at Real Madrid. (Sun - subscription required)

Liverpool are set to sign Marseille forward Andre Ayew, according to reports in Ghana. The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer so would be available on a free transfer. (Daily Star)

But Everton are also interested in signing Ayew, along with fellow Premier League clubs Hull, Swansea and West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira missed the World Cup final after getting injured in the warm up

Manchester United hope to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Germany international midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, from Real Madrid. (Daily Star)

United are also planning a £15m bid for Torino full-back Matteo Darmian, 24. He can play on either side of the back four and is seen as an alternative to Barcelona's Dani Alves, 31. (Daily Express)

Brazilian defender Dani Alves, 31, does not have a deal in place to join Manchester United and is still in talks with Barca over a new contract.(Daily Mail)

Tottenham are lining up a £10m January bid for Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, 29, who is yet to start a Premier League game this season.(CaughtOffside.com)

Bolton Wanderers are lining up a loan swoop for Norwich City striker Gary Hooper, 26. (Bolton News)


Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he tried to sign Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34 when he was manager of AC Milan between 2001 and 2009. (Daily Express)

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who turned 60 on Sunday, says he is calm over the lack of a new contract at Upton Park.(Independent)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it is "impossible" that his team can remain undefeated in the league for the whole campaign.(Guardian)

England manager Roy Hodgson left early from Liverpool's win over QPR on Sunday. He missed the late flurry of goals and avoided a meeting with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.(Daily Telegraph)

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, 29, used to pretend he was Alan Shearer and celebrate like the former Saints, Newcastle and England forward.(Southern Daily Echo)


Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa sat on scalding coffee during his side's victory over Toulouse and burned his backside in what might be the greatest Vine this weekend. (Daily Mirror)


Millwall have denied rival fans from having the satisfaction of seeing their players wearing a pink kit by cross referencing votes on a poll for fans to choose their new away strip. (Daily Mail)

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