Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours
Follow all of the day's breaking news every weekday with Sportsday.
For a list of confirmed transfers, check out our transfers page.
Liverpool and Galatasaray will move for Anzhi Makhachkala's Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore, 23, in January.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he was reluctant to re-sign Mathieu Flamini, 29, after the way the midfielder left the club back in 2008.
Aston Villa will return with another offer for Kuban Krasnodar's Bulgaria midfielder Ivelin Popov, 25, in the next transfer window.
Birmingham want to sign Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard, 20, on loan.
Sevilla supporters have devised a plan to try to make on-loan Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin, 24, stay in Spain permanently.
Manchester City are believed to be keen on Udinese forward Piotr Zielinski. Manuel Pellegrini is ramping up his scouting ahead of the January transfer window and the 19-year-old has come to his attention.
Manchester United have written to fans who have expressed concerns over new manager David Moyes and his transfer policy.
New West Brom striker Stephane Sessegnon is set to make his Baggies debut against former club Sunderland on Saturday once he receives a work permit. Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio questioned the attitude of the Benin international, 29, after allowing him to leave on deadline day.
Fabio Borini made a mistake when he joined Liverpool from Roma last year, according to his agent. The Italy striker, 22, has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.
Striker Jermain Defoe, 30, has admitted that his chances of going to next year's World Cup with England will be hampered if he continues to be denied first-team football at Tottenham.
Tottenham's Andros Townsend, who was named in the England squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine, has described his loan spell at QPR playing under Harry Redknapp last season as "massive".
One Direction's management are putting pressure on 21-year-old Louis Tomlinson to hang up his boots at Doncaster Rovers after discovering their insurance premiums will rocket if he pursues his football career at the club.
FC Groningen defender Timo Letschert did not take his second dismissal in as many games too well, appearing to faint on the pitch following the red card after just 10 minutes of his side's Dutch league match with Heerenveen.