Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Striker Daniel Sturridge is believed to be considering his future at Chelsea. The 22-year-old has just over a year left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge.

Fabio Aurelio looks set to leave Liverpool in the summer. The 32-year-old left-back is out of contract at the end of the season and there have been no talks about a new deal.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Emmanuel Mayuka
Mayuka won the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia

Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka, 21, is being targeted by a number of Premier League sides, with Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham all monitoring his progress.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Midfielder Keith Andrews, 31, says he wants to extend his stay at West Brom following his short-term move from Blackburn.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia, 24, has issued a 'come and get me' call to Manchester United. The Udinese centre-back is believed to be being monitored by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Meanwhile, Ferguson will get his own players' assessment before deciding whether to move for summer target Christian Eriksen.external-link United will get a first-hand look at the 19-year-old Danish midfielder when they face Ajax in the Europa League.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Newcastle are waiting to see if Bolton are successful in their fight against relegation before making a move for 23-year-old playmaker Mark Davies.

Full story: Bolton Newsexternal-link

Liverpool target - Japan international playmaker Shinji Kagawa,external-link 22 - insists he has no intention of leaving Borussia Dortmund.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Shinji Kagawa
Kagawa started his career at Cerezo Osaka

Chelsea are considering a £22m bid for 22-year-old Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Meanwhile, Chelsea are once again showing interest in 25-year-old CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says he is happy for his loan players to stay out on loan now they can be recalled to Wearside at any time.

Full story: Newcastle Echoexternal-link

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will not allow out-of-favour striker Stephen Dobbie to leave the Liberty Stadium, despite interest from a number of Championship clubs.

Full story: South Wales Evening Postexternal-link

Internacional striker Leandro Damiao's agent has put both Liverpool and Tottenham on red alert by admitting the 22-year-old could be ready to head for Europe in the summer.

Full story: Inside Futbolexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Alex Ferguson believes 38-year-old veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs could one day succeed him as Manchester United manager.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs
Giggs has made over 630 appearances for United

Striker Carlos Tevez will apparently have to grovel to boss Roberto Mancini if he wants a Manchester City lifeline. The Argentinian has flown back to Manchester determined to get fit and win back his place in Mancini's side.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Mancini has also ordered maverick Mario Balotelli to keep his temper in check as he returns from his latest suspension, in a bid to help the club stay on course for a Premier and Europa League double.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have offered Guus Hiddink an extraordinary £8.3m-a-year contract to become their new coach and want a decision this week.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Senior Chelsea players want ­Hiddink to return to Stamford Bridge as manager and save the club's season.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Businessman Wayne Wild has declared his ambition to lead a supporters' trust takeover of Blackburn - but current owners Venky's continue to insist they will not sell.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraphexternal-link

Huddersfield want to give Neil Warnock a rapid return to the game as their manager following Lee Clark's shock sacking. Warnock previously managed the Terriers from 1993 to 1995.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Wayne Rooney broke his own pre-arranged media embargo by revealing 'Switcharooney' to be the name of his £63,000 racehorse on Twitter.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Manchester United's Europa League adventure got off to a bad start when Danny Welbeck and Nani forgot to bring their passports for the flight to Amsterdam.

Full story: Metroexternal-link