Wednesday's gossip column: Van Gaal, Ferguson, Dalglish, Terry

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Manchester City and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany back in 2004. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is looking forward to renewing a rivalry with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal in the League Cup on Wednesday. McCarthy's Republic of Ireland beat Van Gaal's Netherlands side to reach the 2002 World Cup. (Ipswich Star)external-link

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish is auctioning off his 1984 European Cup winner's medal to raise money for charity. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Chelsea will try to sign France international Alexandre Lacazette, 24, from Lyon in January, although Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested in the forward. (Daily Express)external-link

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says France international Olivier Giroud, 28, is no longer the club's first-choice striker and has to share duties with England forward Theo Walcott, 26. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea are eyeing the January signing of Marseille's 25-year-old Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou. (L'Equipe, via Talksport)external-link

Blues skipper John Terry, 34, is refusing to give up on his Chelsea career and believes he can earn a new contract at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says Blues captain John Terry, 34, can still play for the side for "years". ESPNexternal-link

Championship side QPR are looking to sign Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, when the transfer window opens in January. (Evening Standard)external-link

Arsenal and England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, must have "more confidence in his talent", says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger (Sun, subscription required)external-link

Former England goalkeeper David Seaman says he was "very close" to joining Manchester United, before opting for Arsenal in 1990. (Daily Star)external-link

Liverpool coach Gary McAllister says the club will manage striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, with care as he continues his recovery following a lengthy lay-off. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has accused defender Marcos Rojo, 25, of hiding a hamstring injury from him. (Daily Express)external-link

Brazil legend Pele says Fifa president Sepp Blatter must "tell the truth" about the corruption crisis at football's governing body. (Sky Sports)external-link

The Major League Soccer Players Union has released salary details of players in the league. Brazil's Kaka is the top earner at $6.6m (£4.3m) a year, ex-England captain Steven Gerrard is on $6.2m (£4m) - but former England international Shaun Wright-Phillips is on much less at $116,004 (£75,600). (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Liverpool midfielders Xabi Alonso, 33, and Javier Mascherano, 31, are being investigated in Spain for alleged tax fraud. (Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren feels the club relegation battle from last season is still affecting his players. (Chronicle)external-link

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Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has told Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates, 24, that he "needs to be sharper" but the player is "a little bit shy". (Sunderland Echo)external-link

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says he needs more time to decide whether he will sign free agent Ricardo Vaz Te, 28, who joined the club on trial last week. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is already looking at strengthening his squad in January, despite spending £50m in the summer. (Sun, subscription required)external-link

Barcelona have asked the Spanish federation and Fifa to allow them to play Turkey midfielder Arda Turan as soon as possible because of Rafinha's long-term knee injury. Turan cannot play until January due to Barcelona's transfer embargo. (Guardian)external-link

Former Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria, 27, says he has had "a smile on my face" every day since joining Paris St-Germain. (Independent)external-link

Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen has assured fans the team will come good after six league games without victory. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Watford defender Sebastian Prodl says "people should never underestimate the underdog" after his side's impressive start to the season. (Watford Observer)external-link

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says he has been left "deeply offended" after full-back Sam Byram, 22, refused a new contract offer. (Sky Sports)external-link

Norwich manager Alex Neil is trying to "change the mentality" of his players so they can go to big clubs "believing they can win". (Norwich Evening News)external-link

Neil Lennon says selling 27-year-old winger Lee Chung-yong to Crystal Palace is his biggest regret so far as manager of Bolton. (Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 28, has praised former boss Nigel Pearson for bringing in "the spirit and the mentality" that the squad currently possess. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Best of social media

Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville feels Diego Costa's three-match ban for violent conduct is harsh, expressing his disbelief on Twitter.external-link

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Equally disbelieving was Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, who tweetedexternal-link his praise for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski after his five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg.

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Hull defender Curtis Davis emerged a little worse for wear after his side's victory over Swansea in the League Cup at the KC Stadium. "And they say Diego Costa is "physical" #Scarface #Claws," tweeted Davis,external-link who was only drafted into the Hull starting XI after Alex Bruce picked up an injury in the warm-up.

Aston Villa defender Micah Richards clearly enjoyed the atmosphere of a Midlands derby after his side ran out 1-0 winners over Birmingham City in the League Cup. "What an atmosphere! Buzzing to get the result and experience a win in my first derby! Fans were amazing and we push on now!" he wrote on Twitter.external-link

And finally...

The live television episode of Coronation Street could be disrupted by the roar of supporters at Old Trafford when Manchester United play Ipswich Town. The studios and stadium are just 0.7 miles apart. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has vowed to house and feed one refugee family for two years. (Metro)external-link

A Liverpool-supporting Twitter account has urged fans to dress up as manager Jurgen Klopp in their side's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Saturday. (Daily Star)external-link