Gossip column: Messi, Koke, Riordan, Sterling, Van Gaal

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Eric Abidal believes former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, 27, may be tempted to leave the Nou Camp for a new challenge - with Paris St-Germain a possible destination. (TF1 - French).external-link

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini hopes to scupper Chelsea and Manchester United's plans to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 23. (Daily Star)external-link

Arsenal are ready to make an £80m offer for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, as Barcelona watch Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, 25.(Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was desperate to sign Borussia Dortmund's Germany defender Mats Hummels, 26, last summer, according to fellow Dutchman Ruud Gullit. (Manchester Evening News) external-link

Former Celtic, Hibernian and Scotland forward Derek Riordan, 32, is set to make a comeback with Scottish League two side East Stirlingshire. (The Scotsman)external-link

Former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, 25, says he was not forced out of the club in the deal that saw Jermain Defoe arrive from Toronto in the January transfer window.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

Reports in Spain claim Liverpool want to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, 22, to boost their forward options for next season. (Metro)external-link

Newcastle manager John Carver blocked the sale of striker Papiss Cisse to Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates two weeks ago. (Daily Mirror)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, says he is close to agreeing a new deal at Anfield. (Daily Star)external-link

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has played down a visit by Lionel Messi and team-mate Gerard Pique to a casino prior to their Champions League trip to Manchester City. (Daily Mail)external-link

Match delegate Steve Greaves reported that referee Martin Atkinson got all his decisions right in Chelsea's controversial match against Burnley. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Nigeria will try to persuade Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe, 19, to commit his international future to them rather than England. (Daily Express)external-link

The use of video technology to overturn refereeing decisions during a game could move closer this weekend when the game's rule-makers decide whether it can be used in an official match. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Everton title-winning striker Andy Gray says he thinks the Toffees could be drawn into a relegation fight. (Talksport)external-link

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal puts fear into his own team. (Daily Mirror)external-link

BBC Match of the Day pundit Kevin Kilbane made a complaint to the FA about alleged chanting from West Ham fans that mocked the disabled. (Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, 24, claims Brendan Rodgers's side may actually have improved since the departure of striker Luis Suarez. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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Former Burnley captain and Scotland international Steven Caldwell, 34, is embracing life with Toronto FC in the MLS as he shows via his Instagramexternal-link account.

Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey expressed his sympathy via Twitterexternal-link at the death of long-serving Wales kitman Dai Williams.

Hull City captain Curtis Davies tweetedexternal-link his delight at picking up a cup - in the shape of a special gift from a supporters' club where the defender, 29, was guest speaker.

AND FINALLY...

Brooklyn Beckham, 15, is set to be released by Arsenal but his brothers Romeo, 12, and Cruz, 10, will stay on at the Gunners' academy. (Daily Mail)external-link

It seems wrestling moves are the current fashion in football. Following Shab Khan's 'body slam' on a Stockport player, a steward wrestled a Liverpool fan to the ground to stop him joining in with Reds players as they celebrated their second goal at Southampton on Sunday. (Guardian)external-link

A Brazilian player had to be taken to hospital after being bitten on his arm by a police dog during a game. (Guardian) external-link

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