Thursday's gossip column: Podolski, Costa, Zabaleta, Barkley

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Lukas Podolski has hinted he may leave Arsenal. The 29-year-old German forward is frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities. (Daily Mirror) 

Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger, 21, has dealt a blow to Chelsea's hopes of signing him by revealing he is an Arsenal fan. (Metro) 

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2012

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has no intention of selling defender Jan Vertonghen, 27. (Talksport) 

Spurs will rival neighbours Arsenal in the chase for Birmingham winger Demarai Gray, 18. (The Sun, subscription only) 

Newcastle United's board members say there is "no guarantee" that they will sign a striker in the January transfer window. (Newcastle Chronicle) 

OTHER GOSSIP

The mystery over Diego Costa's condition has deepened after it emerged that the Chelsea striker was forced to spend time in hospital after returning from international duty with Spain. (Daily Telegraph) 

Blues manager Jose Mourinho has identified Cesc Fabregas as the player to succeed John Terry as the club's next captain. (Daily Express) 

The cost of renovating the Olympic Stadium ahead of West Ham's 2016 move will rise by £35.9m but the extra funding will not be paid for by either the Hammers or the taxpayer. (Daily Mail) 

The Sun's back page

The Sun back page

Manchester City will ask Uefa to reimburse their fans who lost money when they were not allowed to attend Tuesday's match with CSKA Moscow. (The Guardian) 

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome had to be stopped from storming into the Leeds dressing room after accusing Giuseppe Bellusci of racially abusing him on Tuesday night. (Daily Star) 

Pablo Zabaleta says his Manchester City side do not deserve to go through to the Champions League knockout stage after they were held to a draw by CSKA Moscow. (Daily Mirror) 

European football will give England midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, a vital lesson in tactics, according to Everton boss Roberto Martinez. (Liverpool Echo) 

Marina Granovskaia establish herself as the most powerful woman in football by taking control of Chelsea's football operations after the departure of chief executive Ron Gourlay. (Times, subscription only) 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Former Liverpool favourite Michael Owen tweeted  that the Reds should stick with striker Mario Balotelli despite the Italian's poor performance against Real Madrid.

Michael Owen tweet

After goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski gave Arsenal a last-gasp victory over Anderlecht, midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweeted:  "What a finish to the game! Good to get back to winning ways. Happy to get 90 under my belt. Buzzing for Gibbo and Poldi, great finishes!"

AND FINALLY

Bayern Munich celebrated their 7-1 Champions League victory over Roma on Tuesday by visiting the Pope. (Daily Mail) 

A dad in Manchester is auctioning his baby son's future football allegiance on eBay - and the winning bidder gets to choose whether he supports City or United. (Manchester Evening News)