Wednesday's gossip column: Moore, Ozil, Toure, Torres

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Arsenal and Manchester City are in the market for Leicester's England Under-21 defender Liam Moore, 21. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City have earmarked Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil, 26, as the man to replace unsettled playmaker Yaya Toure. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United could renew their interest in midfielder Fredy Guarin after Inter Milan put the 28-year-old up for sale. (Daily Star)external-link

Bundesliga side Schalke are poised for a shock January move for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who is currently on loan at AC Milan. Schalke boss Roberto Di Matteo is keen to work with the 30-year-old again after his time in charge of the Blues. (Bild)external-link

Arsenal and Chelsea's hopes of signing Barcelona's teenage attacker Munir El Haddadi are fading with the Spain international, 19, set to commit his future to the Nou Camp. (Daily Express)external-link


Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini blamed the cold weather as his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in their Champions League Group E match against CSKA Moscow played behind closed doors on Tuesday in sub-zero temperatures. (Independent)external-link

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba scored in Chelsea's 6-0 Champions League victory over Maribor

Luke Shaw, 19, Manchester United's £27m left-back signing from Southampton, says fans have yet to see the best of him after a slow start to his career at Old Trafford. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea are running out of strikers to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday after Loic Remy was injured 16 minutes into Tuesday's Champions League win against Maribor. Diego Costa has already been ruled out, leaving veteran Didier Drogba, 36, as manager Jose Mourinho's only recognised front man. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Swansea boss Garry Monk, 35, has revealed he fines his players for diving - in training. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has refused to take the blame for Saturday's humiliating 8-0 defeat at Southampton, saying he is not responsible for the strength of the team. (Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal will try to recruit current Real Madrid boss and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti if Arsene Wenger accepts a lucrative offer to take charge of Monaco at the end of the season. (Daily Express)external-link

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned Liverpool fans that booing former Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo could backfire in the team's Champions League meeting tonight. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

QPR could fine manager Harry Redknapp for his part in a public falling out with playmaker Adel Taarabt, 25.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is "finished" according to former QPR, Manchester City and England star Rodney Marsh. (Talksport)external-link


Bayern Munich tweet

After West Brom's ill-fated jibe at Manchester United midfielder Marouane Felliani on Monday evening, Bayern Munich poked fun at the Baggies by writing a similar tweet about their French winger Franck Ribery. external-link

Closer to home, Wolves also riffed on their local rivals' social media pain, adapting West Brom's infamous tweet during their 2-0 win over Middlesbrough...external-link

...only for the Baggies to shoot back with a reference to the division's differenceexternal-link between the two clubs' standings in English football.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has posed for a snapshot in front of Liverpool's famous This is Anfield sign.external-link

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti will lead Real Madrid into Champions League action against Liverpool on Wednesday

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Arsenal are ready to offer £32 million for Mats Hummels but Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to let go of the 27-year-old German defender.(Bild - in German)external-link

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry could return to French football as both Paris St-Germain and AS Monaco are interested in the 37-year-old forward. (Lefigaro - in French)external-link

Tottenham have loaned out their 19-year-old Swiss defender Milos Veljkovic to Middlesbrough until January next year. (L'equipe - in French) external-link

Former Liverpool and current Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa, 31, says a lot has changed at Anfield since he left the club five years ago. (Marca - in Spanish)external-link


Kieron Dyer has revealed that a withering assessment of Lee Bowyer's playing ability started their infamous fist-fight when Newcastle lost at home to Aston Villa in 2005. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)external-link

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates were drenched by torrential rain as they attempted to warm-up at Anfield ahead of training on Tuesday. (Liverpool Echo)external-link