Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri wants to be reunited with midfielder Frank Lampard at French second division side Monaco. Lampard, 34, has been told his Blues contract will not be renewed when it expires next summer.
Marouane Fellaini could replace Lampard at Chelsea, who will bid more than £20m for the 25-year-old midfielder next month.
England centre-back Joleon Lescott, 30, may consider a loan move in January after starting just seven games for Manchester City this season.
Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, 20, is good enough to play for Tottenham, according to Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
The agent of Liverpool target Arda Turan has said the 25-year-old winger plans to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
Liverpool could also buy fellow La Liga winger Sofiane Feghouli, 22, from Valencia.
Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, is in talks to cancel his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and wants to join Queens Park Rangers.
New York Red Bulls head of global soccer - and former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager - Gerard Houllier claims he has heard nothing from Arsene Wenger about a loan return for striker Thierry Henry, 35, to Arsenal.
Striker Bafetimbi Gomis says he will decide in January whether to sign a new contract with Lyon or leave the French title challengers. The 27-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool.
Club World Cup champions Corinthians are to make a £12.2m offer for AC Milan's 23-year-old striker Alexandre Pato, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.
Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza, 26, will join Wigan in January after being granted a work permit to work in the UK.
Newcastle striker Demba Ba, 27, says he is interested in a move to Arsenal in January.
Stoke and Aston Villa are leading a 30-club race to sign Crewe's latest midfield starlet Luke Murphy, 23.
Newcastle United are in advanced talks to sign France international striker Loic Rémy, 25, from Marseille for £10m and hope to announce the deal at the start of the January window.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)
Manchester City and Juventus are interested in signing Spanish striker David Villa, 31, who is "becoming increasingly tired of his situation" at Barcelona.
Juventus have terminated the contract of Brazilian defender Lucio, 34. The former Bayern Munich player is likely to return to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing Brazilian defender Dani Alves,29, to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona.
Brazilian midfielder Juninho, 37, will join New York Red Bulls following the end of his contract at Brazilian club Vasco de Gama. He will be reunited with his former manager at Lyon, Gerard Houllier who is now sporting director at the American club.
Senior figures at Manchester City have told manager Roberto Mancini to leave striker Mario Balotelli, 22, out of the team over Christmas as punishment for his behaviour.
Mancini personally sanctioned the £340,000 fine and misconduct charge that Balotelli is fighting at a Premier League tribunal.
Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has urged Balotelli to start listening to his coaches if he is to make the most of his career.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist has backed the share issue of Charles Green, the chief executive, by investing more of his own money in the Ibrox club.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has cancelled the club's Christmas party as a show of respect to supporters due to their poor run of form.
Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, 27, was coaching children in Switzerland on Monday as part of his sentence for getting sent off for England against Montenegro in October 2011.
Manchester City officials have approached the FA with an offer to host a trial to see if safe standing can return to football.