Gossip column: Ronaldo, Benzema, Berahino, Reus, Klopp

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Paris St-Germain had a £110m bid for Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, rejected on transfer deadline day. (Daily Express via Globo Esporte)external-link

West Brom's 22-year-old forward Saido Berahino, who was the subject of several bids from Tottenham in the summer transfer window, is set to withdraw his strike threat and will return to training this week. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis says Berahino will play for the Baggies again and will take the striker and his mother out to dinner on Monday night following talks with the club. (Daily Mail)external-link

Karim Benzema has reiterated he is happy at Real Madrid and says there was never any truth in speculation he was planning to leave the club in the summer. Arsenal had been strongly linked with the 27-year-old French striker.(Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United are keen to bring Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, 26, to Old Trafford. The deal could involve United winger Adnan Januzaj, 20, turning his loan with the Bundesliga club into a permanent move. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has fuelled speculation about his next job in management by admitting he may not join an "absolute top club". (Liverpool Echo, via Bild)external-link

Newcastle United turned down the chance to sign 26-year-old QPR striker Charlie Austin on transfer deadline day. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

Kevin De Bruyne's dad has admitted his son may well take special pleasure in scoring against Chelsea for his new club Manchester City. Attacking midfielder De Bruyne, 24, was sold to Wolfsburg by the Blues in January 2014. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell, 21, is set to return to training after undergoing knee surgery in February. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Wales manager Chris Coleman says his team would love to take on England in a friendly before the European Championships in France next summer. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

England manager Roy Hodgson says he will experiment with his team in their final three European Championship qualifiers after securing qualification with a 6-0 victory over San Marino. (Daily Mail)external-link

Hodgson has also admitted he is concerned that strikers Danny Welbeck, 24, and Daniel Sturridge, 26, may not be fit enough to play for England at Euro 2016. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott, 26, has suggested that young English players should get first-team experience by playing lower down the leagues. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial, 19, has been impressing in training with the French national team and could start their friendly match against Serbia on Monday. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Swansea want to release forward Michu from his contract at the club. The 29-year-old Spaniard has not played for the Swans since April 2014 and spent last year on loan with Napoli. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

The president of FC Porto has written to Uefa with a proposal that each of the 32 clubs taking part in the Champions League group stage help raise money for refugee charities. The clubs would donate one euro for every ticket sold over the first two match days.(Independent)external-link

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Germany play Scotland on Monday evening at Hampden Park

Germany and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil posted a photo of "three bravehearts" on their way to Scotland for Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Glasgow. That's Ilkay Gundogan and Emre Can in the photo next to him. "Scotland is a tough team but let's top the group," he tweeted.external-link

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey external-linkthanked fans for their support after Wales' 0-0 home draw with Israel left them on the brink of qualifying for a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup. "Great support again today, proud to play in front of you #TogetherStronger," he wrote on Twitter.

Goalkeeper Rene Higuita rose to worldwide fame when he saved a Jamie Redknapp shot with an overheard "scorpion kick" on 6 September 1995. 20 years on from the friendly against England, he has recreated the stunt in his pool.external-link

And finally...

Former Middlesbrough and Sunderland wing-back Julio Arca, 34, is set to make his debut for Northern League Division Two side South Shields on Saturday. The Argentine played for Willow Pond in the Sunderland Sunday Morning League last year. (Evening Gazette)external-link

Premier League players are paying witchdoctors thousands of pounds in an attempt to turn them into the world-beaters. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

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