Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Arsenal are lining up a shock move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. The 34-year-old is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and could leave for free at the end of the season.
Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson watched Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oscar de Marcos in action against Barcelona on Saturday, and the Premier League leaders could make a fresh move for the 23-year-old after being put off by his £25m valuation in the summer.
French side Nancy have denied that Tottenham have made a bid for their 20-year-old left-back Massadio Haidara.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has said he would like to sign "two or three players" in January.
Stoke and England centre-back Ryan Shawcross, 25, has revealed that the support of manager Tony Pulis is the reason why he is set to reject interest from Manchester United and Tottenham to sign a six-year contract extension.
Swansea are lining up a £6m move for Bolton's 24-year-old midfielder Mark Davies
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering bringing former caretaker boss Avram Grant back as an adviser to current interim manager Rafael Benitez at Stamford Bridge.
Grant, who took the Blues to the Champions League final in 2008, is being considered as a replacement for Benitez.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is emerging as a target for big-spending French club Paris St-Germain as pressure builds on Carlo Ancelotti following a weekend defeat by Nice.
Assistant manager Steve Bould scolded the Arsenal players after Saturday's loss to Swansea and labelled their performances all season a "let down".
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 70, says Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho could be the man to replace him at Old Trafford.
Tottenham striker Emanuel Adebayor will miss the Africa Cup of Nations after turning his back on Togo in row over pay.
Lionel Messi has vowed to help Celtic into the last 16 of the Champions League as a tribute to their "amazing" fans, with the Glasgow club needing to better Benfica's result against the forward's Barcelona side when they take on Spartak Moscow.
Thousands of runners in Liverpool have taken part in the city's annual Santa dash but some staunch Everton fans opted to wear blue suits rather than the traditional red.