Gossip column: Cleverley, Cuadrado, Garay and Valdes

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says the club has the option to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, on a permanent deal in January. (Guardian) 

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Chelsea and and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado, 26, is just "details away" from signing a new deal with Fiorentina. (Daily Express) 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refuses to rule out the possibility of signing former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 32, on a permanent deal. (Daily Express) 

Van Gaal has identified Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay, 28, as the player to shore up Manchester United's struggling back four. (Daily Mirror) 

OTHER GOSSIP

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says his reputation as a long-ball manager is a myth created by managers he has beaten. (Daily Telegraph) 

West Brom manager Alan Irvine may ask former Arsenal striker Ian Wright to help with the development of 21-year-old forward Saido Berahino. (Daily Mail) 

Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he is glad he did not listen to the "horror stories" about Hatem Ben Arfa when he signed the 27-year-old French midfielder on loan from Newcastle. (Hull Daily Mail) 

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand joined QPR on a free in July after 12 years at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, 33, who has yet to feature in the first team this season because of an ankle injury, gave manager Louis van Gaal a boost by playing 64 minutes of an Under-21 match against West Ham on Friday. (Manchester Evening News) 

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is unhappy at having to start the season with just six senior defenders in his squad. (Northern Echo) 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had ruled out bringing in a specialist defensive coach, and insists he will continue to give 24-year-old striker Mario Balotelli opportunities in the first team. (Guardian) 

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, 35, is considering retiring from football at the end of the season. (Independent) 

Crystal Palace deny rumours of an imminent takeover by US billionaire Joshua Harris. (Daily Mirror) 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

A couple of Premier League footballers spent Friday night watching their former clubs on their laptops. Arsenal's Lukas Podolski cheered on FC Koln's 1-0 win  over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, but Hull City's David Meyler saw Cork City lose to Dundalk  in their League of Ireland title decider.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin - it could be you!

Charlie Austin, 25, may be on Premier League wages, but the QPR striker still bought two tickets   for this weekend's Euromillions lottery.

Tim Howard posted a picture of a children's team in New Jersey wearing false beards in tribute to the 35-year-old Everton and United States goalkeeper. "Not a bad looking group!" he tweeted. 

AND FINALLY

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero admits he knew enough swear words at the age of 10 to shout at Michael Owen when the England striker scored against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, but says he later idolised the former Liverpool striker. (Daily Mirror) 

Torquay United mascot Gilbert the Gull has been accused of challenging some of the club's supporters to a fight. (Daily Mail)