Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

 

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Kevin Strootman's agent has confirmed Manchester United have enquired about the 22-year-old Dutch star - and revealed the PSV Eindhoven midfielder wants a move to the Premier League.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Arsenal have been told by Schalke they will need to bid more than £6m to prise striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 29, from Germany.

Full story: the Sun 

Liverpool are hopeful the managerial chaos at Chelsea will not impact on their efforts to sign striker Daniel Sturridge, 23, in January.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Chelsea are ready to test Feyenoord's resolve in January by making a £5m bid for their 20-year-old captain and defender Stefan de Vrij.

Full story: Metro 

Bacary Sagna and Theo Walcott

Bacary Sagna and Theo Walcott set for Arsenal departure?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Crystal Palace's 20-year-old forward Wilfried Zaha.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United have stepped up their bid to sign St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, 18, but face a battle with local rivals City.

Full story: the Sun 

Theo Walcott, 23, and Bacary Sagna, 29, have both been left out of the club's new 2013 calendar - but Wenger claims their omission is not a signal Arsenal are about to sell the pair.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, 17, insists he is staying at St Mary's despite interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Full story: Daily Star 

West Ham are poised to sign young Irish striker Sean Maguire, 18, after he impressed on trial.

Full story: Daily Mail 

OTHER GOSSIP

Everton manager David Moyes has given the first definitive answer about his future plans by revealing he expects to begin discussions over a fresh contract in the new year.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has condemned the "primitive" and "intolerant" attitude towards homosexuality in football.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

David Moyes

David Moyes to discuss new Everton contract?

Arsene Wenger has vowed to ignore unhappy Arsenal fans as he made a staunch defence of his managerial record.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Uefa president Michel Platini has admitted his organisation is considering scrapping the Europa League in favour of extending the Champions League.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Gabriel Agbonlahor is pleased to see Christian Benteke, 21, becoming a hit with the Aston Villa fans, with the striker again leading the line against Reading on Tuesday as Darren Bent's controversial absence from Paul Lambert's team-sheet continues.

Full story: Birmingham Mail 

Bus tycoon Sandy Easdale is being courted as a possible investor in Rangers, with a club spokesman saying that the McGill's boss's jailing for 27 months over a VAT fraud in 1997 was a long time ago and he had served his debt to society.

Full story: Daily Record 

Celtic and Ireland striker Anthony Stokes has been photographed at a Dublin memorial party for murdered Real IRA boss Alan "The Model" Ryan.

Full story: Daily Record 

A bust-up with chairman Ralph Topping is the reason why Stephen Thompson resigned from the Scottish Premier League board, the Dundee United chairman having been accused of leaking sensitive information.

Full story: Daily Record 

The prospect of Scotland's top-flight clubs presenting a united front next week to accelerate a new league construction proposal evaporated after Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson resigned from the board.

Full story: The Scotsman 

Rangers chairman Charles Green says the Third Division club will not support the Scottish Premier League's proposed changes to the structure of the leagues while it continues to threaten the club with the stripping of titles for alleged double payments to players.

Full story: Daily Express 

Alan Hutton, who has joined Nottingham Forest on loan, says Paul Lambert told him when he became Aston Villa manager in the summer he would not play this season, but the Scotland defender has refused to reveal the reason.

Full story: Daily Express 

AND FINALLY

If you think you've ever had a tough day at work, spare a thought for Japanese football reporter Daisuke Nakajima who travelled 6,000 miles to cover a match - only for it to be called off before a ball was even kicked.

Full story: Metro