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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Napoli are ready to open talks to sign 24-year-old Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in January - just months after he arrived on Merseyside from AC Milan. (Fichajes - in Spanish)external-link

Southampton are planning a £10m bid for Tottenham's England Under-21 forward Harry Kane, 21. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to sign £15m-rated Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, 25, in the January transfer window. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal are favourites to sign Mats Hummels, 25, after Manchester United withdrew their interest in the Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender. (Daily Star)external-link

Andre-Pierre Gignac
Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored 10 goals in 11 games for Marseille this season

The Gunners and Newcastle are interested in signing Andre-Pierre Gignac, 28, after Marseille admitted they might not be able to keep prolific France forward.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have had their hopes of signing Belgian winger Zakaria Bakkali boosted, as the 18-year-old has refused to sign a new contract at PSV Eindhoven.(Daily Express)external-link

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta claims that striker Radamel Falcao, 28, would have rather joined his club than Manchester United on loan from Monaco. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Premier League champions Manchester City are among the sides trying to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs flew to Turkey to watch Ghana's World Cup striker Abdul Majeed Waris, 23, play for Trabzonspor. (Daily Mirror)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 29, could miss Sunday's Premier League derby against City after injuring his foot in training. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes Marouane Fellaini, 27, is finally starting to show his best form at Old Trafford after a difficult first season. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Former Birmingham City manager Lee Clark is the favourite to replace the sacked Jose Riga at Blackpool. (Daily Express)external-link

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says in his new book that Liverpool are in good hands with manager Brendan Rodgers because of his tactical expertise. (Guardian)external-link

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Retired Manchester United defender Gary Neville - now a member of England's coaching staff and a television pundit - says Chelsea have shown a lack of killer instinct by failing to win either of their Premier League games in Manchester this season. (Sky Sports)external-link

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is facing an injury crisis ahead of Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to League Two side Shrewsbury. (Independent)external-link

Defender Connor Goldson, 21, has warned Chelsea that Shrewsbury are full of confidence after winning four games in a row. (Shropshire Star)external-link

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon says the players have been told not to swap shirts at half-time in Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash against the Premier League leaders - because the club can't afford it. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias has told Rangers fans they should be excited about what new shareholder Mike Ashley has in store for the club.(Herald)external-link

Almost 60% of Crystal Palace fans would welcome a club takeover by American billionaire Josh Harris, according to a poll. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, 32, believes he and Mario Balotelli, 24, can help each other end their goal droughts. (ESPN)external-link

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe is convinced that Serbian winger Lazar Markovic, 20, will soon start to justify his £20m price tag. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 28, has warned his team-mates that they must respect neighbours United or risk defeat in Sunday's derby. (Talksport)external-link

Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, does not expect a warm reception from the visiting Newcastle supporters when he faces his former club in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. (Chronicle)external-link

Premier League clubs have fielded a record low number of homegrown players this season, a survey of Europe's "big five" leagues has revealed. (Guardian)external-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Tottenham are in advanced discussions with former Arsenal and Chelsea star Lassana Diarra but could face competition for the 29 year-old French midfielder from Marseille. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Carlos Tevez, 30, is set to join the Argentine squad for the first time in three years after coach Gerardo Martino called up the Juventus forward for the friendlies against Portugal and Croatia. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Real Madrid will appeal against the three-month ban imposed on Zinedine Zidane for coaching the club's reserves without holding the required qualifications. (Le Figaro - in French)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has admitted to being baffled after a statistical analysis claimed he was the Premier League's fastest player. "This did make me smile," he posted on Twitter.external-link

Tony Fernandes
"Getting ready for Villa," posted Tony Fernandes before QPR's 2-0 win

Former QPR and Manchester City forward Rodney Marsh has criticisedexternal-link the Spanish Football Federation's decision to give Zinedine Zidane a three-month coaching ban for taking charge of Real Madrid reserves without the right qualifications, arguing: "Best player in the world doesn't need a piece of paper!"

Paul Pogba took to Twitter to upload a photograph of himself signing a new contract with Italian champions Juventus. "I want to thank the club for the trust and the tifosi for their support," wrote the France midfielder.external-link

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes poked fun at the public row between manager Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt about the midfielder's weight by posting a topless selfie on Instagram.external-link

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has posted a photo of himselfexternal-link working out at the French national football centre in Clairefontaine as he steps up his recovery from a thigh injury.

Fulham defender Dan Burn has tweeted his backingexternal-link for home-town club Blyth Spartans, of the Northern Premier League, after they were drawn at home to Conference club Altrincham in the FA Cup first round.

Derby midfielder George Thorne has given away a guilty secret. "Slowly becoming addicted to Masterchef," he tweeted of the BBC cooking show.external-link

AND FINALLY

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has played down claims that Matthew Lowton was involved in an argument with fans after Monday's 2-0 defeat at QPR - by saying that the 25-year-old defender was speaking to his wife. (Daily Mail)external-link

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