Saturday's breaking transfer window gossip

 

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Swansea have made a £7m bid for Blackpool winger Tom Ince, 20. The England Under-21 international is also a target for former club Liverpool.

Full story: talkSPORT 

QPR have failed with a £7.3m offer for Rennes' French midfielder Yann M'Vila, 22. The Ligue 1 club are holding out for around £8.3m and M'Vila is keen to move to Loftus Road as long as the deal involves a release clause in the event of Rangers being relegated.

Full story: Le Parisien (French) 

Tom Ince

Ince has scored 13 goals this season.

Chelsea are preparing a £22m bid to bring Real Madrid's former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, 27, back to England.

Full story; The Sun 

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has ruled out signing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 34, who is currently at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, and insists the club will keep Brazilian forward Robinho, 28, until at least the end of the season.

Full story: Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian) 

Tottenham could renew their interest in Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian striker Willian, 24, after the Ukrainian side beat Chelsea to sign Metalist Kharkiv's Brazilian forward Taison, 24.

Full story: Metro 

Newcastle have opened talks with West Ham as they move for defender James Tomkins, 23.

Full story: talkSPORT 

Reading and Norwich are considering moves for Carlton Cole after the striker, 29, was told he can leave West Ham.

James Tomkins

Tomkins has made 11 league starts this season

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has ruled out the prospect of moves for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 30, and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker, 32.

Full story: Birmingham Mail 

Birmingham's Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, 32, has turned down a move to Villarreal, with his agent claiming the target-man's wages are on a par with a Manchester United player.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Sunderland are monitoring Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 22, who is out of contract in the summer but could move to the Stadium of Light for £2.5m in the January transfer window.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Arsenal have reportedly earmarked a January move for AC Milan utility man Urby Emanuelson, 26.

Full story: Caught Offside  

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard says Luis Suarez is the best striker he has ever played alongside. "He is a fighter, and he doesn't like losing even in training. Luis ticks every box for me," Gerrard says.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Striker Wayne Rooney, 27, could return to the bench for Manchester United's match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday after missing four games with a knee injury.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Michu

Sam Allardyce rues missing out on Michu

Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini's homesickness and rumoured desire to leave the club is thought to revolve around the health of his wife, who has returned to Argentina and left the 30-year-old centre-back to look after their two children on Tyneside.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is the man Real Madrid's members want to replace Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu. Benitez, who started his career as a youth coach at the club, secured 21.4% of the vote, while Germany coach Joachim Low got 19.5%. Swansea's Michael Laudrup got 15.6% and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger secured 3.1%, while 21.2% are undecided.

Full story: Marca (Spanish) 

Gary Bowyer, who took charge of Blackburn for Friday's 1-1 draw with Wolves, expects to return to his role as reserve team boss when Michael Appleton officially takes charge at Ewood Park.

Full story: Lancashire Evening Telegraph  

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits he "burnt the ears" of head of recruitment Martin Glover after missing out on Swansea's Spanish striker Michu, who has scored 16 goals this season, in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mail 

AND FINALLY

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists he will celebrate - and not confess to the referee - if he scores with his hand against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been fined again - but this time by traffic wardens after parking his camouflaged Bentley on double yellow lines in the centre of Manchester.

Full story: Manchester Evening News