Gossip column: Bale, De Gea, Silva, Borini, Carvalho & Pulis

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United will have to offer goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, as part of any deal in their attempts to sign 25-year-old forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester united keeper David De Gea
David De Gea's current Manchester United contract expires in 2016

Arsenal are preparing a fresh bid for Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 22. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool are ready to test Aston Villa's resolve by trying to sign midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, and centre-back Ron Vlaar, 29, in a £15m deal, with both players out of contract next summer. (Star on Sunday)

Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, 19, is a loan target for Everton as boss Roberto Martinez looks to increase his Belgian contingent at Goodison Park. (Sunday People)

Liverpool have offered striker Fabio Borini, 23, to Lazio in exchange for Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, 22. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United want to bring defender Nemanja Vidic, 33, back to Old Trafford from Inter Milan. (Star on Sunday)

Chelsea are ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United in the chase for Corinthians forward Malcolm Silva, 17. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is targeting experienced St Etienne captain Loic Perrin, 29, to increase his defensive options. (Sunday Mirror)

Gunners midfielder Tomas Rosicky is wanted by Olympiakos, with the Greek side hoping to get the 34-year-old for £2m in January.(Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

West Ham want to offload striker Mauro Zarate, 27, to make room for manager Sam Allardyce to bring in new signings. (Sunday People)

Hammers co-owner David Sullivan claims he signed striker Diafra Sakho, 25, for the club last summer and not manager Sam Allardyce, who is set to face a battle to hold on to centre-back James Tomkins with Newcastle interested in the 25-year-old. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Star on Sunday's back page
Star on Sunday's back page

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish will beg former boss Tony Pulis to return to the club to replace the sacked Neil Warnock. (Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

Ex-Palace captain Tony Popovic is in line to replace Warnock as manager at Selhurst Park. (Sunday Mirror)

However, former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is the favourite to take over as Palace boss. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Alan Irvine could become the second Premier League manager to lose his job in a matter of days if his West Bromwich Albion side lose badly at Stoke City on Sunday. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, 33, is in line for a contract extension at Old Trafford when his current deal runs out in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, 26, reveals he had a failed trial at Liverpool as he prepares to face the Reds at Anfield. (Wales Online)

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan wants to sell 20% of the club to help raise £80m in order to reduce the club's debt. (Sunday Telegraph)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Luke Shaw and Ashley Young

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has been injured for more than a month, but travelled with the squad to play Tottenham on Sunday - as he showed with this picture he posted on Instagram. 'Just landed in London with @youngy_18 hoping for the 3 points tomorrow!', the 19-year-old England international wrote.

There are plenty of critics of the Premier League's festive football schedule, but Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is not one of them. He tweeted: "I love the festive period." And when asked about the number of games over Christmas and New Year, he replied: "Love it."

AND FINALLY...

Barcelona's Brazilian star Neymar, 22, almost let his generosity completely get the better of him as he was left wearing just his underwear after giving away the rest of his kit during a charity match. (Metro)

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