Gossip column: Evans, Llorente, Woodburn, Sanchez, Collins

Football gossip

Thursday 12:00 GMT

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been told West Brom and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, can be signed for £23.5m, with a firm bid expected shortly. (Sun)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to make a fresh bid for Tottenham's 32-year-old Spain striker Fernando Llorente. (Independent)

Sunderland's hopes of landing 18-year-old Liverpool striker Ben Woodburn, 18, on loan appear to be over with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp refusing to let the Wales international leave. (Sun)

Former Newcastle executive director Dennis Wise has suggested that Magpies owner Mike Ashley is prepared to spend money this January - and insists he will sell the club to the right bidder. (Chronicle)

Brighton are set to put in a £2m bid for West Ham defender James Collins, although the 34-year-old Wales centre-back, who is in the final year of his contract, wants to stay with the Hammers. (Standard)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says the club's wage bill is "tight" and "one or two" players could leave this month. (Croydon Advertiser)

Brighton's Dutch winger Soufyan Ahannach, 22, has been lined up for a loan return to the Netherlands with Sparta Rotterdam. (Argus)

Thursday 07:00 GMT

Manchester United's deal to sign Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal will be worth £180m after he agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract. (Telegraph)

Sanchez's Manchester United contract will earn the 29-year-old more than £400,000 a week. (Independent)

Liverpool have told Sevilla they are not prepared to let them sign England striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, on loan for the rest of the season. (Mail)

Chelsea target Andy Carroll has told West Ham he is unable to train - but his club are questioning that after taking scans of the 29-year-old England striker's ankle. (Mirror)

Manchester United have started talks to extend the contract of Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27. (Telegraph)

West Ham manager David Moyes was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to watch 24-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, who he is interested in signing, in action for Chelsea against Norwich. (Mail)

Real Madrid believe the time has come to sign a new attacking trio - Paris St-Germain's Brazil international Neymar, 25, Chelsea's 27-year-old Belgian Eden Hazard and Bayern Munich and Poland's Robert Lewandowski, 29. (Marca)

Bayern could also receive interest from Everton with regards to their 24-year-old Spanish left-back, Juan Bernat. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United and Armenia forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be a "fantastic" signing for Arsenal and a move to Emirates Stadium would be the perfect one to reignite the 28-year-old's career, says former United player and coach Phil Neville.(BBC Radio 5 live)

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell says he is desperate to leave and get playing again - but the 26-year-old, who has three England caps, says he will not walk away from his £70,000-a-week contract. (Mail)

A major British investor who planned to back Amanda Staveley's bid to buy Newcastle has now decided against supporting the proposed takeover. (Guardian)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez will make a fresh attempt to convince owner Mike Ashley to fund January signings despite the collapse of takeover talks. (Northern Echo)

Liverpool fear they have lost out to Bayern Munich in the race to sign Schalke's Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka, 22. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is set to be a target for Juventus this summer. The Serie A giants have been watching the 22-year-old Spaniard since 2014. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Juventus are also targeting Tottenham's Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 25, or Arsenal's 29-year-old Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil to become their new number 10. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Chelsea have joined Manchester City and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, 26. (Sun)

West Ham are eager to bring in Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan with the 24-year-old Portugal international said to be frustrated at his lack of playing time. (Telegraph)

But the Hammers' Mexico striker Javier Hernandez could be on his way out of the club, with Besiktas reportedly sending a delegation to London to speak with the 29-year-old. (Talksport)

Besiktas are also keen on Leicester City striker Islam Slimani. The Turkish club's president Fikret Orman was at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday to watch the 29-year-old Algeria international. (Sky Sports)

West Brom are interested in signing Egyptian centre-back Ali Gabr, 26, on loan from Zamalek. (Express & Star, Wolverhampton)

Watford's Brazilian forward Richarlison is aiming for a summer move, with the 20-year-old's representatives having started talks with Chelsea and Arsenal. (Watford Observer)

Leeds United are prepared to better the £500,000 bid that Championship rivals Preston had rejected for 24-year-old Rangers' English forward Josh Windass. (Daily Record)

World Cup-winning Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro's son Christian, 18, has joined Serie A strugglers Benevento. (Sun)

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Best of Wednesday's gossip

Napoli are interested in signing unsettled Liverpool and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 29. (Sky Italia, via Calciomercato)

Borussia Dortmund are ready to let Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, join Arsenal - and want Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, to replace him. (Bild - in German)

Chelsea have approached West Ham about signing 29-year-old English striker Andy Carroll on a permanent deal. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, who could leave on a free transfer this summer, must pass a full medical and take a 20% pay cut to receive a new contract. (Sun)

Barcelona have rejected a 25m (£22.2m) euros offer from Inter Milan for 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Rafinha as they want 40m (£35.5m). (Mundo Deportivo)

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