Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Chelsea will revive their interest in signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, with the 28-year-old's contract due to expire in 18 months.
Tottenham are to send club-record signing Erik Lamela out on loan to Atletico Madrid, which could pave the way for Koke to leave Spain. The 21-year-old is wanted by Liverpool, Manchester United and AC Milan.
West Ham want to sign former Newcastle forward Obafemi Martins to solve their problems in front of goal. The 29-year-old Nigeria international is currently with Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders.
Arsenal are closing in on Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann. The 22-year-old Frenchman is rated at £20m.
Hull City want to sign Sunderland's 28-year-old midfielder Sebastian Larsson.
Manchester United boss David Moyes is keen on Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 21, and was in the crowd to watch him play against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Chelsea are keen to buy back midfielder Nemanja Matic, but the 25-year-old Benfica player, who left as part of the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge, could cost £25m.
Manchester City and Chelsea target Kurt Zouma might be available in January after French side Saint-Etienne admitted that they could sell the £11m-rated central defender if the price is right.
Chelsea are in pole position to sign Zouma, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tipped off by his French scout Gilles Grimandi and could make a bid.
Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has ruled out a move to Manchester United. The 29-year-old Dutchman says he is happy to stay in Turkey.
Ashley Young knows he has a reputation for diving but the 28-year-old Manchester United winger will not apologise for his actions.
A fan has been arrested after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and players were dazzled with a laser pen during the Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 27, believes that the club's impressive comeback to win at Bayern Munich on Tuesday will make the rest of Europe sit up and take notice.
But Didier Hamann says it is "ridiculous and scandalous" that coach Manuel Pellegrini miscalculated the winning margin needed to win the group and his decision not to bring striker Sergio Aguero, 25, off the bench could cost the club millions of pounds.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke has been told that he will have no money available to strengthen his squad in the January transfer market.
Newcastle and Southampton will have to wait until the summer to move for Cheikhou Kouyate. The Senegal defender, 23, is keen to stay with Anderlecht for the remainder of the season.
Former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu would like to manage in England when he eventually leaves Dynamo Moscow.
Tottenham will use a revolutionary blood-spinning technique to try to get defender Jan Vertonghen, 26, back from his ankle injury before Christmas.
Former West Ham manager Billy Bonds claims that the club need to sign a back-up striker even if Andy Carroll, 24, returns to action in the coming weeks.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says his "office door is always open" if Angel Di Maria wants to sort out any problems. The Argentina winger, 25, has been linked to Monaco for a winter transfer.
Paris St-Germain's sporting director Leonardo believes former Manchester United player Paul Pogba, 20, now at Juventus, will become "one of the best midfielders in the world".
Chelsea could exchange their midfielder Kevin De Bryune, 22, for Schalke's 20-year-old Julian Draxler.
A young mascot appeared to be in floods of tears as he walked out on to the pitch with Arsenal's Mikel Arteta ahead of Wednesday's clash with Napoli.