Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a move from QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, 23.

Full story: the Sun

Ferguson is also focusing his attention on £15m Everton player Leighton Baines, 27, after opting not to try to sign 31-year-old Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

Full story: Daily Mail

Robinho
Is Robinho set for a return to Brazil?

Striker Darren Bent, 28, is closing in on a January loan to Liverpool after being axed by Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert for the home draw with Arsenal.

Full story: Metro

Bent will know if his future lies away from Villa Park should Lambert leave him out of Tuesday's clash with Reading.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AC Milan are hoping to beat Manchester United to the signing of Inter Milan's 28-year-old midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City are ready to compete with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Spurs for Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-year-old Brazilian attacking player Willian.

Full story: Daily Mirror

City also face a battle Arsenal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is set to up his interest.

Full story: the Sun

Roberto Mancini is closing in on a £25m deal to bring Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi, 29, to Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Star

AC Milan forward Robinho, 28, says he has been "sounded out" by clubs back in his native Brazil and is keeping an open mind about a January move.

Full story: Sky Sports

Chelsea are preparing to pull off a major coup by luring Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, 25, to Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Express

Swansea are keeping tabs on Braga striker Eder, 24, and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, 25, fuelling speculation about the future of Danny Graham, who has been linked with Norwich after going from top scorer last season for Brendan Rodgers to substitute this year under manager Michael Laudrup.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Jack Wilshere, 20, opens talks with Arsenal over a new deal as manager Arsene Wenger prepares to hand the England midfielder the captaincy.

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere has two-and-a-half years left on his current Arsenal contract

Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea held peace talks with referee Mark Clattenburg, 37, on Monday and the official could referee Blues' games in the future.

Full story: The Times

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 30, says his team-mates must adapt to life under new manager Rafael Benitez or leave the club.

Full story: talkSPORT

New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has labelled his new players at Loftus Road "embarrassing".

Full story: The Times

AND FINALLY

Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, 30, seems to have developed a new accent while at Marseille, as noticed during a news conference with the French media.

Full story: Metro