Gossip column: Oxford, Aguero, Cazorla, Ancelotti, Mane, Allegri

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Manchester United are planning a January bid of £8m for West Ham's 16-year-old English defender Reece Oxford. (Times- subscription required)external-link

German champions Bayern Munich have joined United in trying to sign 23-year-old Southampton forward Sadio Mane. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is high on Manchester United's shortlist as they begin to think about Louis van Gaal's successor. (Daily Express)external-link

Daily Mirror's back page on Friday
The back page of Friday's Daily Mirror

However, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has played down reports linking him to the Red Devils job. (Guardian)external-link

Tottenham are attempting to get Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli to sign new contracts. Belgian midfielder Dembele, 28, has 18 months remaining on his deal while Denmark midfielder Eriksen, 23, Argentina winger Lamela, 23 and Belgian winger Chadli, 26, all have two and a half years remaining on their five-year contracts. (Independent)external-link

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 27, says he wants to rejoin boyhood club Independiente when his Blues contract expires in 2019. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, 30, has been ruled out for four months with a knee ligament injury. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Gunners may move for Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese international William Carvalho, 23, to solve their midfield injury crisis. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has two matches - Sunday's home game against Liverpool, followed by a trip to Tottenham - to save his job. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, 68, is close to agreeing a £10m deal to take over United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira. (Sun)external-link

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Aston Villa's players have been warned by new manager Remi Garde that Christmas is not a time for them "to party". (Daily Star)external-link

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 23, says he donates 10% of his monthly salary to charities. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out making another bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, in January. (Daily Express)external-link

And the Spurs boss has said that England winger Andros Townsend, 24, could leave the club in January. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Sunderland and England Under-21 winger Duncan Watmore, 21, will graduate from Newcastle University next week with a first-class honours degree in economics and business management. (Times)external-link

Manchester United midfielders Ander Herrera, 26, and Marouane Fellaini, 28, are not suited to the club and should leave Old Trafford, says ex-Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Teenage Bury defender Matty Foulds, 17, is already training with Everton before a £225,000 move to the Premier League side in January. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc, 35, could miss the Christmas period with a knee injury, but may delay having surgery. (Bournemouth Echo)external-link

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says he wants to stay at the club for "a long time" and lead the team into Europe. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

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England captain Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen spread some Christmas cheer by visiting patients at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

Wayne Rooney

Rocking all over the Etihad? The Manchester City dressing room might have some new pre-match music if Pablo Zabaleta has his way. The Argentine defender was given a free CD by Status Quo when he met the band following a recent gig.

Pablo Zabaleta

And finally

Acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou appeared to fall asleep during his own news conference at the Fifa ExCo meeting in Zurich. (Independent)external-link

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