Gossip column: Otamendi, Ramos, Berahino, Wilshere, Barton

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Manchester United are close to completing a deal to sign Valencia's 27-year-old centre-back Nicolas Otamendi. (Independent)external-link

But Manchester City want to beat their rivals to the signing of the Argentina international, who is valued at £35m. (Mirror)external-link

United manager Louis van Gaal's hopes of signing Spain defender Sergio Ramos seem to be over after the 29-year-old agreed a new contract at Real Madrid. (Evening Standard)external-link

The Red Devils are now preparing to rival Chelsea's bid for Everton's 21-year-old England defender John Stones and are prepared to offer Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans, 27, plus cash. (ESPN)external-link

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Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, says the experience of playing in League One with Southampton "toughened him up physically and mentally" to play for United.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

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Left-back Jose Enrique, 29, wants to "stay and fight" for his place at Liverpool, despite being "alienated" by manager Brendan Rodgers.(Marca via Liverpool Echo)external-link

Roma are interested in signing Liverpool's 25-year-old France defender Mamadou Sakho, who was left out of the opening game against Stoke. (Calciomercato via Daily Express)external-link

Tottenham have put a £15m price tag on 28-year-old Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele to ward off interest from Sunderland.(Daily Star)external-link

Spurs hope to finalise the signing of Lyon forward Clinton N'Jie this week after agreeing a £10m fee for the 21-year-old Cameroon international.(Telegraph)external-link

N'Jie could be the first of at least three more signings at White Hart Lane as Spurs look for another midfielder and striker.(Daily Star)external-link

The north London side are confident of signing West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, 22, but are unwilling to meet the £25m asking price.(Daily Mail)external-link

Meanwhile, the Baggies have put strikers Brown Ideye, 26 and Victor Anichebe, 27, up for sale after the arrival of £12m record signing Salomon Rondon, 25.(Express & Star)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 23, could return to the side in weeks rather than months as signs show his left fibula injury is healing faster than expected.(Express)external-link

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 31, has been told by Arsenal he can leave the club, but the Frenchman is holding out for a pay-off.(Goal.com)external-link

The Gunners are considering a £22m bid for Sevilla midfielder and Poland international Grzegorz Krychowiak after watching the 25-year-old in action in the Super Cup.(Telegraph)external-link

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Aston Villa are close to signing Spanish winger Adama Traore, 19, from Barcelona for £12m.(Daily Mail)external-link

The Stoke City ticket office has been inundated with requests to purchase season cards and tickets for upcoming matches after the club-record £12m signing of Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 23. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg says Shaqiri has been "badly advised" after moving to the Potters.(Eurosport via Sky)external-link

Manchester City will break their attendance record at the Etihad Stadium when Chelsea visit on Sunday as their expanded South Stand has been granted a safety certificate.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Swansea manager Garry Monk is surprised Spanish striker Michu, 29, has not yet left the club and says an exit is best for both parties. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Newcastle United fans voted 72% in favour of re-signing 32-year-old midfielder Joey Barton on a free transfer after a potential move to West Ham collapsed.(Chronicle)external-link

However, two Premier League clubs and two French Ligue 1 clubs are interested in signing the one-cap England international. (Sky Sports)external-link

Everton have agreed a £1m deal for Barnsley's English defender Mason Holgate, 18, who is also a target for Bournemouth.(Guardian)external-link

Leicester City striker David Nugent, 30, is to have a medical at Championship side Middlesbrough after the Foxes accepted a £4m offer. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Blackburn Rovers have taken Swedish striker Denni Avdic, 26, on trial from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)external-link

Leeds have opened contract talks with 21-year-old full-back Sam Byram, amid rumours of interest from Newcastle.(Mirror)external-link

Crystal Palace's English striker Dwight Gayle, 25, is set to turn down a £6m move to Championship side Bristol City.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Birmingham Ladies player Amy Laban, 25, has been jailed for two months after faking a personal injury claim to try to win £3,000 in compensation. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes his side should not get ahead of themselves after Sunday's win over Arsenal.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester City playmaker David Silva is trying to claim his side's second goal against West Brom. It was awarded to Yaya Toure, despite taking a slight deflection off the Spain international.He tweeted:external-link

David Silva

Toure replied:external-link

Yaya Toure

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel said on Instagram he "spent a nice afternoon with the friends"external-linkafter midfielder Lucas Leiva invited him and other team-mates round for a barbecue.

Martin Skrtel

And finally

A customer foran online betting companyexternal-linkplaced a £5 bet before kick-off for Portsmouth to beat Derby in the League Cup and stood to win £273,800, but cashed out early meaning he pocketed £50,000.

At £23m, Norwich owners Delia Smith and husband Michael Wynn Jones find themselves bottom of the Premier League table in a list of the division's richest owners.(Mirror)external-link

They haven't won a title since 2004, but Arsenal can claim to be champions of the Premier League when it comes to Twitter. The Gunners have more Twitter followers, 6.1 million, than any other club in England. Chelsea are second with 5.94 million and Manchester United third on 5.78 million.(Sky Sports)external-link

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