Gossip column: Vidic, Carvalho, Martinez, Kurzawa, Nani

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Saturday's Daily Star back page

Liverpool are preparing to make a £30m January bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, who has 72 goals in 106 appearances and is also a target for Arsenal. (Daily Express)external-link

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has promised the club's fans that he is ready to resist any offers for midfielder Fabian Delph and defender Ron Vlaar in the January transfer window. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United have opened talks with Monaco about signing 22-year-old left-back Layvin Kurzawa - also a target for Chelsea - for £12m in January. (Daily Star)external-link

Meanwhile, centre back Nemanja Vidic, 33, could be in line for a return to United on a free transfer at the end of the season after failing to impress at Inter Milan. (Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool have joined Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon's £37m-rated defensive midfielder William Carvalho, 22, in January. (Daily Star)external-link

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham, 21, could leave the Black Cats for nothing next summer, manager Gus Poyet has admitted. (Daily Mirror)external-link

AC Milan's on-loan midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21, says he has decided to stay in Italy, rather than head back to parent club Chelsea during January. (Daily Mirror)external-link


Former England striker Jimmy Greaves, who was awarded a World Cup winners' medal in 2009 after a fans' campaign, is putting it up for auction at Sotheby's. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted he has no plans to sell Yaya Toure, 31, after reports that the midfielder could be offloaded at the end of the season. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is planning to recall Nani to Old Trafford in January after the winger's excellent form for Sporting Lisbon. (Daily Star)external-link

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Saturday's Daily Mirror back page

West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 21, says he will consider signing a new contract at The Hawthorns, despite appearing to suggest he wanted to sign for a bigger club. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez, 31, will be back at Newcastle in the middle of next month after being given permission by his doctors to resume training following treatment for testicular cancer. (The Guardian)external-link

Gary Neville has backed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and says it is the players and not the manager who should be criticised. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, 36, has used his column to back manager Brendan Rodgers' decision to drop players against Real Madrid, but says Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard deserved to start. (Daily Mail)external-link

Striker Robin van Persie has said he was surprised by Sir Alex Ferguson's departure from Manchester United and says he is not satisfied with his performances under new manager Louis van Gaal. (The Guardian)external-link

West Ham star Diafra Sakho, 24, in line for new £10m deal - but only after 12 more games. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Southampton's £11m summer signing Dusan Tadic says it is much easier playing football in England than in his native Serbia. (Independent)external-link

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, 25, is set to sign a contract extension which will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2018, and could even agree terms before Sunday's visit of Arsenal. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Blackpool manager Jose Riga, who had an ongoing battle with chairman Karl Oyston before he was sacked in October, has agreed to discuss his departure from the club with a leading fans' group. (Seasiders Podcast)external-link


Danny Simpson and Anthony Knockaert
Fully focused - Leicester pair Danny Simpson and Anthony Knockaert battle it out on a games console

Leicester's Danny Simpson and Anthony Knockaert are team-mates against Southampton on Saturday, but clearly rivals beforehand. "Me beating Knockaert on Fifa. Chilling before the game," Simpson tweeted.external-link

QPR striker Charlie Austin enjoyed Warrington's FA Cup giant-killing over Exeter, tweeting:external-link "FA Cup back on the BBC just where it should always be. Warrington really showing us what the Cup is really about."

West Brom keeper Ben Foster enjoyed it too, especially the commentary, posting:external-link "Well done Warrington Town, what a game! Think Robbie Savage might need a lie down now though."

West Ham defender Winston Reid clearly wouldn't mind being at Twickenham on Saturday for the Test between his native New Zealand and England. "Wishing the All Blacks good luck for the game. Wish I could be there but have got a another important game," he tweeted.external-link Indeed he does - Reid is lining up for West Ham at home to Aston Villa.


Hollywood star Brad Pitt, a Liverpool fan since his son was treated at Alder Hey Children's Hospital while wife Angelina Jolie was filming in north Wales, is rumoured to be heading to Anfield on Saturday to cheer on the Reds against Chelsea. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Burnley midfielder David Jones, 30, wants to avoid a repeat of the unwanted fate he suffered at Derby County. Jones was part of the Derby side that won one game all season, and ended the term with just 11 points - the lowest in Premier League history. (Daily Express)external-link