Gossip column: De Bruyne, De Gea, Pogba, Stones, Carroll, Defoe

Gossip: De Bruyne, Berahino & Stones

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Kevin de Bruyne is expected to earn about £200,000 a week when the 24-year-old Belgium midfielder finally completes his move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea will pursue signing 22-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus over the remainder of the transfer window. (Independent)external-link

England defender John Stones was targeted by Everton fans at his home in Widnes after handing in a transfer request and is now staying in a hotel. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

The Sun
Friday's Sun backpage, also featuring sprint king Usain Bolt's rare tumble

Representatives of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea are increasingly confident the 24 -year-old Spain international will join Real Madrid by the end of the transfer window. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool and Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 21, a £20m signing from Benfica last summer, is joining Fenerbahce on a season-long loan. (Daily Mail)external-link

And the Reds expect Italian striker Fabio Borini, 24, to leave the club before Tuesday's transfer deadline. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi, 28, is wanted by Turkish club Besiktas. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Ham United's England striker Andy Carroll, 26, has missed out on a move to Sevilla in La Liga. (Daily Mail)external-link

Sunderland are close to signing Sweden forward Ola Toivonen, 29, from Rennes. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

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Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban, 27, is seeking advice from the Professional Footballers' Association after being suspended by the Premier League club. (Guardian)external-link

Fulham have made a bid for Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne, 27. (Nottingham Post)external-link

Sunderland's 32-year-old forward Jermain Defoe believes he deserves an England call-up - two years after last playing for his country. (Daily Star)external-link

Meanwhile, the Black Cats are still waiting to hear whether Napoli's 27-year-old Netherlands midfielder Jonathan de Guzman will move to the Stadium of Light. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Daily Star
Friday's Daily Star backpage

Joey Barton has described Burnley boss Sean Dyche as "the most impressive guy I've sat in front of for a long, long time", after becoming the club's seventh summer signing. (Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

Stoke forward Jon Walters, 31, wants to stay with the Potters and extend his contract beyond next summer. A £1.5m offer was Norwich was rejected by Stoke last week. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall hopes current Toffees boss Roberto Martinez adds another defender and also strengthens the squad elsewhere. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Brighton defender Glen Rea is on the verge of completing a loan move to Southend until the beginning of January. (Argus)external-link

QPR's Brazilian midfielder Sandro is returning to the club after work permit issues were resolved. (GetWestLondon)external-link

Best of social media

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he is a fan of pop star Taylor Swift. "Just took my girls to watch Miss Taylor Swift . So talented she put on a incredible show #1989tour little cameos from Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake. Bonus," wrote the LA Galaxy midfielder on Instagram.external-link

Former Leeds United and Bournemouth left-back Ian Harte has described Cherries boss Eddie Howe as a 'true friend'external-link after announcing the end of his playing career at the age of 37.

Alan Shearer and Harry Kane

Former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer tweeted a photograph after meeting Tottenham forward Harry Kane and his father Pat. "Had a word about his goal celebration. Looking forward to seeing the next one," wrote Shearer.external-link

Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, on learning his new club would face his former team PSV Eindhoven in the group stages of the Champions League, tweeted:external-link "Well well @PSV, guess we'll see each other soon."

And finally

Tottenham fans are being offered the chance to swap a Spurs top from the last two seasons with the name of a recently sold player on the back - including Gareth Bale - for this season's new shirt. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi 'photobombed' rival and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo at the Champions League group stage draw. (Eurosport.com)external-link

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