Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

 

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea have emerged as favourites to land £15m-rated striker Theo Walcott, 23, from Arsenal.

Full story: the Sun 

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to offer Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26, a £10m-a-year contract to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Athletico Madrid striker Falcao

Abramovich is ready to make Falcao his top earner

Full story: Daily Mail 

Real Madrid are willing to pay up to £56m to land Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23, during the next two transfer windows.

Full story: Metro 

Manchester United and Arsenal are battling to capture PSV Eindhoven's £17m-rated midfielder Kevin Strootman, 22.

Full story: the Sun 

Liverpool's hopes of signing Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, 21, appear to be over after he signed a new contract with the Spanish club - but he does have an £8m buy-out clause.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will not sell midfielder James McCarthy, 22, in January. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to be keen on signing him.

Full story: Daily Star 

Arsenal and Manchester City are preparing to test Athletic Bilbao's resolve to keep hold of striker Fernando Llorente, 27, in the January transfer window.

Full story: the Times (subscription only) 

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 29, would prefer a move to Inter Milan this January over Arsenal or Liverpool, according to the player's agent.

Full story: Metro 

Swansea want to sign 22-year-old West Bromwich defender Craig Dawson.

West Brom defender Craig Dawson

Swansea will try to sign West Brom's Craig Dawson in January

Full story: Daily Mail 

Newcastle are in competition with Juventus to sign Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 23.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Everton are unlikely to try to bring United States international Landon Donovan, 30, to Goodison on loan for a third time in January.

Full story: Liverpool Echo 

Roma are leading the race to sign Portuguese winger Nani, 26, from Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Fiorentina will make a £5.6m bid for QPR midfielder Esteban Granero, 25, next month.

Full story: London's Evening Standard 

Frank Lampard, 34, accepts he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 24, hopes to return to playing by early February after knee surgery in October.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov says former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, 35, should join Arsenal's coaching staff.

New York Red Bull's Thierry Henry

Alisher Usmanov wants Thierry Henry as an Arsenal coach

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli says that he and Kenny Dalglish were judged too quickly at the club.

Full story: The Times (subscription only) 

Fulham boss Martin Jol is confident captain Brede Hangeland, 31, will sign a new deal.

Full story: London's Evening Standard 

Wolves academy manager Kevin Thelwell has been promoted to the new role of head of football development and recruitment, where he will assist manager Stale Solbakken with first-team player recruitment.

Full story: Express and Star 

AND FINALLY

Ashley Cole was made to wait on his Chelsea team-mates at dinner as punishment for losing at tenpin bowling on a team-bonding night in Yokohama ahead of their Club World Cup appearance.

Full story: Daily Star 

Joey Barton's dream move to Marseille looks to have turned sour after the 30-year-old moaned on Twitter at having to play in front of "no fans" and then have a "freezing" cold shower.

Full story: Metro