Gossip column: Van Gaal, Ronaldo, Cech, Depay, Poyet

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal "rejected the chance" to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after being offered the Real Madrid star, according to a Spanish journalist. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are ready to fight bitter rivals United for PSV Eindhoven's 21-year-old Dutch forward Memphis Depay. (Sun - subscription required)

Meanwhile, City are closing in on a deal to take former Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne, 23, to the Etihad Stadium. (Daily Star)

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in signing Palermo's £30m-rated 21-year-old Argentine striker Paulo Dybala. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool, Napoli and Roma are all considering whether to put in offers for Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, this summer. (Daily Star)

QPR's former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, 36, is pondering playing on for another year as he anticipates offers from the USA and the Middle East. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sunday Telegraph
Sunday Telegraph's back page

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet could be a shock contender to take over at West Ham if Sam Allardyce loses his job at Upton Park. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, wants to become the club's sporting director when he retires from playing. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says joint-chairman David Sullivan, criticised by fans last week, has turned the Hammers around. (Sun - subscription required)

Tony Fernandes "drew a line" once Harry Redknapp called him to say he was quitting as Queens Park Rangers manager. The QPR chairman is quoted as saying it was time to "do things properly" and "put our foot down". (Telegraph)

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, 21, impressed Tony Pulis with his graft when playing despite injury at Sunderland - even though he failed to show his very best form in front of England boss Roy Hodgson. (Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham defender Danny Rose, 24, says he is loving life under manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Telegraph)

Chelsea's 26-year-old midfielder Nemanja Matic looks likely to miss the League Cup final against Tottenham after he was sent off in the home draw with struggling Burnley. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea captain John Terry used his matchday column to condemn the incident in which a black man appeared to be prevented from boarding a Paris Metro train by Blues fans as "unacceptable". (London Evening Standard)

Newcastle manager John Carver has offered United fans an apology after the Magpies were thrashed 5-0 at Manchester City. (Newcastle Chronicle)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Arsenal players, famous for their post-match selfies, have been up to it again. Several players tweeted photos following their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, with defender Laurent Koscielny posting this:

Arsenal players following their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace
"Well done my friends. Three points, important win, now [to the] next game" - Laurent Koscielny

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin was quick to congratulate 19-year-old debutant, and son of former QPR striker Paul Furlong, Darnell Furlong. Austin tweeted: "Really pleased for Darnell Furlong making his Prem debut #QPR."

Manchester City welcomed Yaya Toure back from Africa Cup of Nations duty, and the midfielder tweeted his thoughts after his side's 5-0 win over Newcastle.

Manchester City players
"Fantastic win!! Great to be back out there with the boys! Thanks for the welcome back City fans. #ComeOnCity" - Yaya Toure

AND FINALLY...

With 19 Premier League goals, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is now just one away from matching Fernando Torres's tally during his underwhelming stay at Stamford Bridge. (Metro)

Stuttgart's crestfallen players personally faced up to the frustrations of supporters after the home defeat by Dortmund - whose players did the same after defeat by Augsburg recently - left them rooted to the bottom of the table. (Daily Mail)

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