Gossip column: Robben, Hernandez, Abate, Cech & Valdes

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool have ditched plans to sign Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 32, who is now training with Manchester United. (Liverpool Echo) 

Valdes' arrival at Old Trafford in January on a permanent deal could signal the departure of Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. (Daily Express) 

Ignazio Abate

Ignazio Abate will be a free agent next summer after failing to agree a new contract at AC Milan

Liverpool are, however, keeping tabs on AC Milan full-back Ignazio Abate, 27, as a potential replacement for Glen Johnson. (Daily Mirror) 

Real Madrid are keen to complete the permanent signing of Javier Hernandez, 26, from Manchester United, but the Spanish giants want the Red Devils to lower their £17m asking price. (Daily Express) 

Petr Cech, 32, is in line for shock move to Turkish side Besiktas after losing his first-team place at Stamford Bridge. (Talksport) 

West Bromwich Albion are keeping an eye on £2m-rated Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie, 25, as a target in the January transfer window. (The Sun - subscription required) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says there is "not even one per cent" of him thinking about a move back to England and a Premier League club. (Daily Telegraph) 

The Sun's back page

The Sun's back page

Luka Modric, 29, says he and his Real Madrid team-mates eased off in the second half of their Champions League win over Liverpool to save themselves for Saturday's El Clasico against Barcelona. (Daily Mail)

Per Mertesacker, 30, blames the players' attitude in training for Arsenal's struggles in the Premier League and the Champions League. (Daily Telegraph) 

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll could be in line for a long-awaited return to action in just two weeks after tearing ankle ligaments in July. (Daily Mirror) 

However, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is no nearer being handed a new contract at Upton Park despite his side's rise to the top four of the Premier League. (Daily Star) 

Former Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer says the club risks slipping through the divisions like Wolves if they sack manager Alan Pardew. (Chronicle) 

Stoke boss Mark Hughes fears Victor Moses, 23, could become a marked man with officials after Swansea counterpart Garry Monk accused the midfielder of diving. (Daily Express)  

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says Vito Mannone, 26, will keep his place for this weekend's clash against Arsenal despite the Italian goalkeeper conceding eight goals against Southampton. (Sunderland Echo) 

Daily Mirror back page

Daily Mirror back page

Poyet says he could have been sacked if he had overseen an 8-0 defeat in any other country. (Daily Mail) 

Brendan Rodgers says £16m striker Mario Balotelli, 24, may never be good enough for Liverpool. (The Sun - subscription required) 

Frank Lampard will be able to extend his stay at Manchester City further when parent club New York City hold a pre-season training camp in England at the new Etihad Campus facility . (Daily Mail) 

Fulham owner Shahid Khan will fly in from America next week to appoint his new manager, with caretaker Kit Symons the leading contender. (Daily Telegraph) 

Nottingham Forest's bid for promotion could be hit by a transfer embargo by the Football League in connection with sanctions over Financial Fair Play. (The Times - subscription required) 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has been ruled out until the end of 2014 with a knee ligament injury

Derby County and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 21, was not too impressed by Harry Kane's performance when the Tottenham striker replaced Hugo Lloris in goal after the Frenchman's red card against Asteras Tripolis. "I'm so glad @hkane28 knows how to hit the back of the net - fair play for giving it a go lad!" he tweeted. 

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 26, is back in the gym  as he looks to keep up his fitness levels following his knee ligament injury.

AND FINALLY

Erik Lamela, who scored a wonder goal on Thursday for Spurs, is no stranger to scoring a goal with a 'rabona' as a video of him playing for River Plate's youth team several years ago has revealed. (Daily Mirror) 

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says so many players asked to swap shirts with Thierry Henry that the club threatened to make him pay for the ones he gave away. (Daily Mail)