Gossip column: Reus, Cazorla, Wickham, Balotelli, Alnwick

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea have joined Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 25. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Sunday's Telegraph
Sunday's Telegraph sports section front page

Manchester United's hopes of prising 24-year-old midfielder Kevin Strootman away from Roma next month hinge on rivals Manchester City knocking the Italian club out of the Champions League. (Sunday Mirror)

Several Spanish clubs - including champions Atletico Madrid - are trying to take Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, 29, back to his homeland. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Roma are poised to make a bid for Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches, 25, in the January transfer window. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has made Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29, his number one January target. (Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

Liverpool have been given a boost in their pursuit of Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, after the player's agent confirmed AC Milan have been priced out of a deal. (Talksport)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is eyeing up a move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, 21. (Sunday Express)

Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has been linked with a move to Manchester United but the south-coast club are in talks over a new deal with the 23-year-old England international. (Observer)

Under pressure Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson will be given funds to strengthen his squad in January to help the club avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manager Ronny Deila insists Celtic are still in the race for Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 15, despite facing competition from a host of clubs, including Liverpool. (Sunday Express)

Seven Championship clubs are facing transfer bans, while Premier League sides QPR and Leicester, who were promoted into the top flight last season, are set to be fined for breaching Football League financial fair play rules. (Mail on Sunday)

OTHER GOSSIP

Striker Mario Balotelli, 24, will be given a final chance by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, despite growing disenchantment within the club over the Italian's form and off-the-field difficulties. (Mail on Sunday)

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, 21, is poised to agree a new five-year contract worth £60,000 a week. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester City are set to offer midfielder James Milner, 28, a new four-year contract worth almost £20m. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 20, is on Roy Hodgson's radar for an England call-up. (Sun - subscription required)

Aston Villa are putting the naming rights for the Holte End at Villa Park up for grabs. (Sunday Mirror)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Jak Alnwick and Didier Drogba
Jak Alnwick stood up to the challenge of Chelsea's attackers as he made an unexpected debut

Newcastle's emergency goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, 21, who had a busy debut as Chelsea's unbeaten run came to an end, has been praised by former Toon keeper Shaka Hislop, who tweeted: "Well played Mr Alnwick, well played. Any keeper in the world would be happy with that as a debut."

So obscure is young Alnwick that Newcastle's local paper, the Chronicle, felt the need to provide its readers with five facts about the impressive rookie.

A rare return of three goalless draws from Saturday's Premier League games prompted Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker to tweet: "If you're a bit sleepy, this week and this week only, you're forgiven if you nod off."

AND FINALLY

Germany international Mario Gotze's World Cup-winning boot has been auctioned off, raising more than 2m euros. (Metro)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, 40, showed he's still got it with two show-stopping goals in the Global Legends Series as his team beat Luis Figo's side 8-5. (Independent on Sunday)

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