Gossip column: Redknapp, Cole, Sneijder, Keane, Hazard, Di Maria

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is interested in Stoke's Peter Crouch, 33, and Toronto's Jermain Defoe, 32, as he chases a new striker (Daily Mirror)external-link

Roma's former England defender Ashley Cole, 33, has dismissed reports linking him with a return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.(Daily Express)external-link

But Palace manager Neil Warnock has confirmed his interest in signing Cole.(Daily Star)external-link

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is trying to sign Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 25, has attracted interest from Italian club Atalanta. (Talksport)external-link

Bolton manager and former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is considering a loan move for Rangers winger David Templeton, 25, in the January transfer window.(Daily Record)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner's future at Etihad Stadium is in doubt as he stalls on a new contract. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane blamed midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, for stories alleging he had a bust-up with Villa's players. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 23, is close to finalising a new £200,000-a-week deal which would make him the club's highest-paid player. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Thursday's Daily Mirror back page

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, claims the current team could become the best in the club's history.(Mirror)external-link

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says defender Ahmed Elmohamady, 27, will be vital to his side's prospects of avoiding relegation from the Premier League. (Daily Star)external-link

Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett, 29, says money will count for nothing when his side face Manchester United in the FA Cup third round.(Daily Mail)external-link

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward, 25, has verbally agreed a new deal.(Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 26, has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no plans to bolster his squad during the January transfer window. (Talksport)external-link

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has warned of "panic and heart attacks" at the club unless owner Ellis Short funds the purchase of "quality players" in January. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says "promises were not kept" during his time at White Hart Lane, resulting in the club signing players who "did not fit the profile" he wanted.(London's Evening Standard)external-link

Sheffield Wednesday striker Jacques Maghoma, 27, wants to sign a new deal with the Championship side. (Sheffield Star)external-link

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says striker Sergio Aguero, 26, is winning his battle to be fit for the Premier League match against Chelsea next month. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

"It was an honour to have played with you @ThierryHenry," tweetedexternal-link former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie following the Frenchman's retirement. "Thanks for all you have given to football. What you have achieved will live on for many years. A true football man, a Legend!"

AND FINALLY...

More Liverpool fans voted for ex-Manchester United right-back Gary Neville than former Reds defender Jamie Carragher in a poll to discover their favourite pundit. (Metro)external-link