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Manchester City and Arsenal are weighing up bids for defender Virgil van Dijk, who joined Celtic in the summer for £1.6m. (Daily Express)

Dundee United value left-back Andrew Robertson at £1.5m - double the fee Everton were aiming to pay for the 19-year-old. (Daily Record)

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher has told experienced quartet Kevin Thomson, Rowan Vine, Tom Taiwo and Tom Clancy that they are free to find other clubs this month. (Daily Express)

Kilmarnock have launched an ambitious bid to bring Finland playmaker Alexei Eremenko back to Rugby Park. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen fans have been buying tickets for the St Johnstone section ahead of their League Cup semi-final at Tynecastle. (Daily Express)

St Johnstone fans are threatening a boycott of the rearranged league fixture at Partick Thistle, with the Glasgow side offering an £8 reduction in admission for those who attended the original match that was washed out at half-time. (Daily Record)

Defender Efe Ambrose is pleading with Celtic to do all they can to retain the club's top stars. (Various)

Henri Anier will need to take a sizeable pay cut if he is to remain on loan at Motherwell from Viking Stavanger. (Daily Express)

Defender Dylan McGowan insists he is willing to commit his future to Hearts when they emerge from administration - even if it means playing in the Championship. (Various)

Dean Shiels' agent is seeking talks with Rangers boss Ally McCoist to discover if the attacking midfielder has a future at Ibrox. (Various)

And there are fears over big earners like Lee Wallace and David Templeton as McCoist holds budget talks with chief executive Graham Wallace. (Sun)

Championship leaders Dundee want to bring St Mirren defender Lee Mair back to Dens Park and are keen on Stephen Hughes, who is nearing the end of a short-term deal at East Fife. (Daily Express)

Dunfermline will take Aberdeen's teenage striker Lawrence Shankland on loan for the rest of the season. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is urging Edinburgh and Glasgow to keep the door open for home grown talent following an influx of South African players at Murrayfield. (Various)

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