Gossip column: Pedro, Mourinho, Neymar, Rooney, Lukaku

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Chelsea forward Pedro, 28, has told friends he regrets moving to the club from Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer and would be happy to return to the Nou Camp. (Fichajes,external-link via Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United target Neymar will be offered a new £500,000-a-week deal by Barcelona, making the 23-year-old Brazil forward the third highest paid player in the world behind team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, claims Toffees manager Roberto Martinez says the 22-year-old Belgium international can leave if a "good offer" comes in for him. He has been linked with Paris St-Germain. (Radio Monte Carlo, via Daily Mail)external-link

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Suspended Uefa president and Fifa presidential candidate Michel Platini says he is still the person "most able to run world football" and insists that there was nothing improper about the £1.3m payment made to him by outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea's France striker Loic Remy, 28, has urged the club not to sack manager Jose Mourinho, despite the Stamford Bridge side's struggles so far this season. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini says Mourinho deserves time to turn around the Premier League champions' fortunes. (Talksport)external-link

Arsenal and Manchester United will have to pay at least £29m if they want Bayer Leverkusen's 21-year-old Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who has also been linked with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. (Daily Express) external-link

Anderlecht youngster Aaron Leya Iseka, 18, is set to be Arsenal's number one target for the January transfer window. (TuttoMercatoWeb, via Daily Star)external-link

West Ham are preparing a £5m January move for AC Milan's Japan forward Keisuke Honda, 29, but may have to see off competition from Spanish side Valencia. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola, currently manager of Qatari club Al Arabi, is interested in signing central defender John Terry, 34, from his old club but says no contact has been made. (London Evening Standard)external-link

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French newspaper L'Equipe focus on Jose Mourinho's slow start to the season

Chelsea have failed to agree a severance package with former club doctor Eva Carneiro, who left the club after she and physio Jon Fearn were demoted from match-day duties for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the opening-day draw with Swansea. A constructive dismissal claim could follow with the Blues being pursued for hundreds of thousands of pounds. (Telegraph)external-link

Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke, 43, has put himself forward for the club's vacant manager's job, claiming he has the backing of managerial legend Sir Alex Ferguson. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been impressed by Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega this season and, having seen him in action in a Champions League group game between the two sides, is set to make a move for the 27-year-old Argentina international. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, should think about dropping into a deeper role if he wants to prolong his career, according to ex-Barcelona midfielder Xavi, 35. (FourFourTwo)external-link

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says Rooney's impact is being "restricted" by the tactics of the club's manager Louis van Gaal. (Talksport)external-link

Aston Villa winger Adama Traore, 19, will see his wages rise from the £40,000 a week he currently gets to around £75,000 a week when he makes a certain number of appearances for the Premier League strugglers. (Telegraph)external-link

The Independent highlights Man Utd's cup exit

Paris St-Germain's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, could be a marquee signing for David Beckham's new Miami-based MLS franchise once his contract in the French capital expires at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier claims he had to get rid of a drinking culture in his time at the club, and says the Anfield side's current troubles are down to the signing of too many players. (Secret Footballer)external-link

Four of Fifa's biggest sponsors have not ruled out ending their association with world football's governing body unless it commits to an independent reform process. (Telegraph)external-link

Devante Cole - the 20-year-old son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole - says he left Manchester City because the club do not give young English players a fair chance. (Daily Mail)external-link

FC United of Manchester have protested to the Football Association over broadcaster BT's insistence that their FA Cup first round tie against Chesterfield takes place on a Monday night. The club say they are willing to forego the £65,000 they will receive for the match being televised to keep it on a weekend for supporters. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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Linda Pizzuti Henry, the wife of Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry, was happy to see the Reds beat Bournemouth in the League Cup for their first win under manager Jurgen Klopp.

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And finally

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho just can't catch a break at the moment as he lost a bet with a West Ham mascot because of his side's 2-1 defeat by the Hammers last week. (Metro) external-link