Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

 

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal's attempts to bring former striker Thierry Henry, 35, back for another short-term loan are set to be blocked by New York Red Bulls.

Full story: Daily Star 

The Gunners are also interested in signing PSV Eindhoven left-back Jetro Willems. At Euro 2012, the 18-year-old became the youngest player to appear in a European Championship.

Full story: Daily Express 

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 24, says he wants to stay at Everton - provided they qualify for the Champions League.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Everton's Marouane Fellaini

Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are reported to be interested in Fellaini

Atletico Madrid are yet to make a move for Napoli's 25-year-old striker Edinson Cavani, according to the player's agent. The Uruguayan could be a replacement for Chelsea and Manchester City target Radamel Falcao, 26.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Manchester United are ready to move for 22-year-old Kevin Strootman - and PSV are already planning for the departure of the £14m-rated midfielder.

Full story: Soccernews.nl (in Dutch) 

Manchester City are prepared to spend £7m to sign 16-year-old attacking midfielder Alen Halilovic, widely regarded as the best in the world at his age, from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Liverpool and Arsenal have been put on alert after 20-year-old South Korean striker Heung-Min Son revealed he is likely to leave Hamburg.

Full story: Sport1 (in German) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Roberto Di Matteo, 42, was told he would be sacked as Chelsea manager if he dropped £50m striker Fernando Torres, 28, for Tuesday night's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus.

Full story: the Sun 

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes new boss Rafael Benitez will help Chelsea turn their defensive problems around.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, currently on a year-long sabbatical from football, will not make a decision on his future before 2013 at the earliest, his agent has claimed - despite Guardiola being offered a £15m-a-year contract to move to Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Lucas has not played since picking up a thigh injury in August's 2-2 draw with Manchester City

Lucas has not played since picking up a thigh injury in August

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 25, is being lined up to play his first competitive game since being injured in August in his club's under-21 fixture against Middlesbrough on Friday.

Full story: Liverpool Echo 

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes manager Jose Mourinho will leave the Spanish champions at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Swansea defender Ashley Williams, 28, could face a Football Association charge after claiming he wanted to "knock out" 25-year-old Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Newcastle hope midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, 29, could return for the Europa League game against Maritimo on Thursday. The Argentina international was one of seven senior players to miss the weekend defeat to Swansea.

Full story: the Journal 

AND FINALLY

A stadium announcer in Belgium helped his side save a penalty during a fifth division match by telling the goalkeeper which direction to dive.

Full story: Metro