Saturday's gossip column: Ozil, Hazard, Mourinho, Sturridge

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 26, will receive a "serious" offer from Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to the player's agent. (Takvim via Independent)external-link

Everton could make a move for 23-year-old Empoli forward Riccardo Saponara in January. (Daily Star)external-link

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Porto are closing in on a move for 27-year-old Argentina midfielder Ricky Alvarez, who is on loan at Sunderland from Inter Milan. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya, 20, and are considering paying his release clause. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has spoken of his love of boxing, but admits his club would probably not be too happy if he was to spar. (BoxNation - YouTube)external-link

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 24, says Jose Mourinho spoke to him only twice during their time together at Chelsea. (Telegraph)external-link

Mourinho will deny claims he used language referring to gender towards team doctor Eva Caneiro. (Daily Mail - contains language that may offend)external-link

The Sun
The Sun reports that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will offer to shake the hand of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when they meet on Saturday

Manchester City's new-look attack of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva will start together for the first time in Saturday's Premier League match against West Ham. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has compared winger Riyad Mahrez to the cartoon character Road Runner.(Sun - subscription)external-link

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 24, is still the best player in the Premier League, according to manager Jose Mourinho.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Champions League-chasing sides will need fewer points than usual to secure a Premier League top-four spot.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge's return from injury will elevate Liverpool's game to "a new dimension", having seen evidence of a rapport in training between the England striker and summer signing Christian Benteke.(Guardian)external-link

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez says his relationship with Steven Gerrard can remain a good one, despite the former Liverpool midfielder saying they did not get on during their time at Anfield. (AS)external-link

Swansea City are unconcerned about Dutch club FC Utrecht going to the Court of Arbitration of Sport over money they claim is owed to them from goalkeeper Michel Vorm's transfer to Tottenham. (Wales Online)external-link

Assistant manager John Collins believes Celtic's 2-2 draw with Ajax in Amsterdam on Thursday has done "wonders" for the players' confidence. (Scotsman)external-link

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will not be making an appearance at the Dakar car rally in South America - despite assertions from race organisers. (Marca)external-link

Best of social media

Swansea defender Angel Rangelexternal-link showed his 'David Attenborough' side on a day out in the Mumbles, Swansea Bay.

Angel Rangel
Swansea defender Angel Rangel on Instagram: "Average day in Mumbles. I married two pigeons today."

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butlandexternal-link was thrilled by England's opening Rugby World Cup win over Fiji on Friday. "Maximum points in the first match, can't ask for much more, we'll get better! Mike Brown awesome! onwards and upwards @EnglandRugby," he tweeted.

And finally

Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin learned how to speak English by watching Only Fools and Horses. (Daily Mail)external-link

Andros Townsend's partner was duped into thinking he had been fined by Tottenham after seeing a screenshot from a video game on Twitter.(Metro)external-link

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