Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Everton will step up the search for a new goalkeeper after manager David Moyes reveals a lack of competition is harming 33-year-old Tim Howard's form.
Liverpool and Stoke are both chasing Lazio striker Mauro Zarate, 25, with Malaga and Spartak Moscow also interested in the Argentine.
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has dismissed reports suggesting striker Alexandre Pato, 23 might be swapped for Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, 22.
Veteran Reading left-back Ian Harte, 35, could join Championship side Millwall when the transfer window re-opens.
Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin, 31, could head back to his old club Zenit St Petersburg in January for £3m.
Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, 25, has been offered a new six-year deal to stay with the Potters worth £45,000-a-week. If the newly capped England international signs, it will be the most expensive contract in the club's history.
The release of Tottenham's annual financial figures will reveal the club spend £1m less per week on wages than north London rivals Arsenal.
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, 26, played through the pain of a knee injury during the Premier League champions' goalless draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
West Ham could face a Football Association probe following allegations that their fans sang anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham on Sunday.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told striker Darren Bent, 28, he has to accept being a squad player, possibly signalling the end of the England international's career at Villa Park.
Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, 24, and defender John O'Shea, 31, are facing lengthy lay-offs with knee and calf injuries respectively.
Joey Barton, 30, could have been sent off on his Ligue 1 debut for Marseille after a hard tackle on Lille's Florent Balmont saw him earn a yellow card. However, the controversial English midfielder, who was banned for 12 games by the FA for a number of incident's in QPR's final-day clash last season with Manchester City, showed he can be calm as he stayed out of a brawl later on which saw Balmont red carded. Marseille went on to beat Lille 1-0.
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