Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

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.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Atletico Madrid's Koke

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has won seven caps for Spain

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.

Full story: Daily Express 

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.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Arsenal are closing in on Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann. The 22-year-old Frenchman is rated at £20m.

Full story: Metro 

Hull City want to sign Sunderland's 28-year-old midfielder Sebastian Larsson.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

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.

Full story: Inside Futbol 

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.

Full story: Daily Mail 

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.

Full story: Sun (subscription only) 

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.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

OTHER GOSSIP

Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder scored to help Galatasaray through to the last 16 in the Champions League on Wednesday

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.

Full story: Goal.com 

Ashley Young knows he has a reputation for diving but the 28-year-old Manchester United winger will not apologise for his actions.

Full story: Guardian 

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.

Full story: London Evening Standard 

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.

Full story: Daily Express 

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.

Full story: Daily Mail 

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has been told that he will have no money available to strengthen his squad in the January transfer market.

Full story: Sun (subscription only) 

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.

Full story: Talksport 

Former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu would like to manage in England when he eventually leaves Dynamo Moscow.

Full story: Sky Sports 

Tottenham will use a revolutionary blood-spinning technique to try to get defender Jan Vertonghen, 26, back from his ankle injury before Christmas.

Full story: Independent 

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.

Full story: Talksport 

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.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish) 

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".

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian) 

Chelsea could exchange their midfielder Kevin De Bryune, 22, for Schalke's 20-year-old Julian Draxler.

Full story: Bild (in German) 

AND FINALLY

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.

Full story: Daily Mail