Gossip column: Schneiderlin, Rodriguez, Albiol, Schwarzer

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Morgan Schneiderlin wanted to leave Southamption in the summer

Tottenham are targeting Southampton's 25-year-old France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, team-mate Jay Rodriguez, 25, and Napoli's Spain centre-back Raul Albiol, 29, as they look to bolster the squad in January. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Spurs are also set to move for Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk, although the 23-year-old is also wanted by Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle, Southampton and Swansea. (Daily Express)external-link

Leicester City have had a £7m bid rejected for Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric, 23, who is also wanted by Chelsea and Tottenham. (Daily Express)external-link

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet remains keen on signing Liverpool's out-of-favour Italian forward Fabio Borini, 23, in January. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants to sign Chelsea's third-choice goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on an emergency loan. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

QPR boss Harry Redknapp hopes to bring in some Major League Soccer players on loan in January with LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane, 34, top of his list. (Setanta)external-link

Arsenal are set to beat Manchester United to Exeter City's 14-year-old academy player Ethan Ampadu. (Daily Star)external-link


Arsenal had hoped 22-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere would be back from an ankle injury in late January, but they will receive a setback with the news he will now be out until March. (Sun - subscription required) external-link

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West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster says the club's players are "battling" to keep manager Alan Irvine, who has come under pressure after one point from the last five games, in his job. (Daily Star)external-link

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will face Manchester United counterpart Louis Van Gaal when their teams meet on Monday and the fixture will see the resumption of a feud between the two Dutchmen. (Telegraph)external-link

Switzerland is set to bring in a new law which would allow them to prosecute those guilty of corruption, including members of world football's governing body Fifa whose headquarters are based in the country. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano, 39, wants to prove himself as a manager in English or Scottish football, and the Peruvian has targeted vacancies at Motherwell and Hartlepool United. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City will win the title if they keep getting referees as benevolent as Andre Marriner, says former Premier League official Graham Poll. (Daily Mail)external-link

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, 25, says his "360 and a flick" piece of skill in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham was inspired by Ronaldinho. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Andy Carroll insists there is no reason why West Ham cannot be competing in Europe next year, after his two goals in the 3-1 win over Swansea lifted them to third in the Premier League to continue their impressive start to the season. (Talksport)external-link

Manchester City are hopeful Sergio Aguero will be out for no longer than a month after their 19-goal top scorer suffered suspected knee ligament damage in the 1-0 victory over Everton. The 26-year-old will discover the extent of the injury in the next couple of days after scans. (Guardian)external-link


And then there were two. Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker feels it is down to a straight fight between Lionel Messi, 27, and Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, for the Ballon d'Or. He tweetedexternal-link: "A hat-trick for Messi. A hat-trick for Ronaldo. No goals for Neuer. The Ballon d'Or is a 2 horse race."

Hatem Ben Arfa has not had the happiest of loan spells at the KC Stadium, but the 27-year-old Newcastle midfielder has used Instagramexternal-link to deny a rift with Hull manager Steve Bruce. (In French)


Arsenal supporters booed manager Arsene Wenger as he boarded a train at Stoke following his side's 3-2 defeat at the Britannia Stadium. (Guardian)external-link

Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 33, celebrated scoring in the 3-2 win over Wenger's side by crowd-surfing at a Kasabian concert. (NME)external-link

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