Gossip column: De Gea, Gestede, Neves, Martinez & Powell

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Daily Mirror
Cup tales dominate the Daily Mirror's back page

Real Madrid plan to make a move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, when his contract expires in 18 months and get him on a free transfer. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Paris St-Germain have held talks with Tottenham to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Swansea City are considering trying to sign Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede, 26, but so far no club has matched the Championship side's £6m valuation. (Daily Mail) external-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering summer deals for Hannover midfield pair Lars Stindl, 26, and Leonardo Bittencourt, 21.(Daily Star)external-link

Rodgers is preparing a £29m bid to beat Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus to 17-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves, known as the 'new Sergio Busquets' at Porto. (Daily Express)external-link

West Ham have put in an £8m bid for 29-year-old Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Bafetimbi Gomis
Gomis has scored four goals in 24 appearances for Swansea this season

Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, has overlooked a move to Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton for the opportunity to play in Serie A, according to his agent.(Daily Express)external-link

Aston Villa are back in talks to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair, 25, days after it appeared as though the deal had fallen through.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell, 20, could be handed a chance to revive his career by Hull's Steve Bruce.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Crystal Palace are close to completing the signings of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jordon Mutch, 23, for £4.75m and Lille's Senegal international defender Pape Souare, 24, for £3.4m. (Guardian)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

England Under-21 striker Harry Kane, 21, will sign a new contract on Thursday to keep him at Tottenham until 2020. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea are preparing an appeal after the Football Association charged striker Diego Costa, 26, with violent conduct for an alleged stamp on Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in their League Cup semi-final second leg. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Guardian
Diego Costa's potential ban is the Guardian's main story

Referees must help Costa cut out his alleged stamping on opponents or someone will get seriously hurt, says former official Mark Halsey. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

But Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill, 29, says team-mate Costa is a "complete player" and has defended his "physical" style. (Talksport)external-link

Chelsea have no plans to mark Frank Lampard's 13 years with the club when the 36-year-old former England midfielder returns to Stamford Bridge with Manchester City on Saturday. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Liverpool winger Boudewijn Zenden thinks Liverpool's fans will start turning against manager Brendan Rodgers if he doesn't win a trophy soon. (Talksport)external-link

West Ham believe they will be cleared of wrongdoing after Senegal made a complaint to Fifa about striker Diafra Sakho, 25, playing for his club in the FA Cup despite pulling out of the Africa Cup of Nations with an injury. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester City could increase their chances of signing top young French players as they develop a working relationship with French Ligue 1 club St-Etienne. (Independent)external-link

Newcastle caretaker-boss John Carver has disputed claims that their season is a write-off following his appointment. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Sunderland defender Billy Jones, 27, believes manager Gus Poyet's switch from 4-1-4-1 to 3-5-2 can work despite admitting it leaves them "vulnerable on the break". (Sunderland Echo)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

James Rodriguez (right) with Carlos Valderrama
James Rodriguez (right) with Carlos Valderrama

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez posted a picture on his Instagramexternal-link account of himself and former Colombia captain Carlos Valderrama with the message "Visit from the Great 10. My idol, my admiration".

Tottenham's players have been celebrating reaching the Capital One Cup final. Eric Dierexternal-link ‏tweeted "We're off to Wembley!" and fellow defender Ben Daviesexternal-link posted "WEMBLEYYYYYYY Come On You Spurs!" while Christian Eriksenexternal-link simply went with "Yesssss".

AND FINALLY...

Manchester United have told season ticket holders they will be banned from the Premier League match against Sunderland on 28 February if they do not buy a ticket for next Tuesday's FA Cup replay against Cambridge United. (Daily Mail)external-link