Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

 

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea have given striker Fernando Torres, 28, a month to prove himself - and are planning a bid for Metalist Kharkiv's Brazilian striker Taison, 24, if he fails.

Miralem Sulejmani

Miralem Sulejmani joined Ajax in 2008

Full story: Daily Mirror 

West Ham are planning a move for Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, 23, after missing out on him in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Roma are lining up a shock bid for Newcastle defender Danny Simpson, 25.

Full story: talkSPORT 

The agent of Brazilian prospect Bernard has dismissed claims Chelsea are in talks to sign the 20-year-old midfielder from Atletico Mineiro.

Full story: Globo Esporto (in Portuguese) 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged winger Raheem Sterling, 17, to sign a new contract, with Chelsea and Manchester City ready to move for the England international.

Full story: Guardian 

QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Marseille forward Loic Remy - but the 25-year-old is only interested in Champions League football.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has criticised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over plans to sign the Eagles' England attacker Wilfried Zaha, 20.

Full story: the Sun 

OTHER GOSSIP

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, 49, is keen on taking over at Manchester City if Roberto Mancini loses his job - even though the former Chelsea boss has four years left on his deal in Spain.

Full story: the Sun 

Arsenal's players will be forced into taking significant pay cuts if they fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Former Arsenal and Manchester City player Patrick Vieira, 36, wants football's leading authorities to introduce new rules that see clubs docked points or thrown out of European competition for repeat racist abuse.

Full story: Times (subscription required) 

Joleon Lescott, 30, will fight for his future at Manchester City after falling out of favour with manager Roberto Mancini.

Full story: Guardian 

Alan Pardew's job as Newcastle manager is secure despite a run of three wins from 13 games since he signed an eight-year contract.

Robert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass has scored twice for Norwich this season

Full story: Independent 

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, 31, is back in full training and could return to first-team action within a fortnight after a serious knee injury.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass, 25, insists their failure to win away in the Premier League this season is not putting pressure on their home form.

Full story: Eastern Daily Press 

Swansea defender Neil Taylor, 23, is using the FA's new rehabilitation centre at St George's Park to help him recover from a serious ankle injury.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post 

Sunderland defender Matt Kilgallon is determined to take his chance after being given a rare Premier League start against QPR.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle 

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 22, is out for the rest of the season after being told he needs shoulder surgery.

Full story: Reading Chronicle 

AND FINALLY

Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini are 'stripping off' for a novelty calendar - featuring suggestive cartoons of 12 top Premier League managers.

Full story: Metro 

Darren Campbell, the Olympic medal-winning sprinter who worked with Fernando Torres towards the end of the 2010-11 season, says he could solve the 28-year-old Spaniard's problems in front of goal with just two weeks of intensive sprint training.

Full story: Daily Telegraph