Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Liverpool are set to rival Arsenal for the signing of 27-year-old Yohan Cabaye as Newcastle brace themselves for renewed interest in the France midfielder in January.
The Reds will also battle Inter Milan and Verona to sign 20-year-old Argentine winger Juan Iturbe.
Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 26, is refusing to rule out a move to Manchester City after revealing he was close to a deal before Roberto Mancini's departure from the Etihad Stadium.
Fulham are set to go head-to-head with Sunderland in a bid to sign Venezuelan midfielder Tomas Rincon, 25.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will make another attempt to sign Real Madrid's £100,000-a-week defender Fabio Coentrao, 25, in January. The Portugal international almost joined Manchester United on loan in the summer but the deal collapsed.
Arsenal are believed to be keeping tabs on 24-year-old Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, who currently plays in his homeland for Corinthians.
Blackburn Rovers have insisted that they will not sell 23-year-old striker Jordan Rhodes in January - despite the club being £54m in debt.
Chelsea are hoping to add two more talented teenagers to their squad with moves for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, 19, and Inter Milan midfielder Pedro Delgado, 16.
Spurs are preparing to step up their interest in Brazilian winger Neilton after the player's agent said the 19-year-old is no nearer to signing a new contract at current club Santos.
Former Manchester United player Ray Wilkins hit out at winger Ashley Young, labelling the 28-year-old's actions "pathetic" after the England international won a controversial penalty against Real Sociedad in Tuesday's Champions League draw.
Fulham have refused to accept defender Sascha Riether's stamping ban on 18-year-old Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj, just hours after the German admitted he had no defence.
Dundee United defender John Souttar, 17, says he turned down a chance to play in the Premier League because he did not want to be another lost Scot down south.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 26, could play in his club's Europa League home tie with Moldova champions Sheriff Tiraspol - despite being knocked unconscious playing against Everton on Sunday.
Spain's Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Jose Ignacio Wert says they have to be "grateful" to striker Diego Costa, 25, for choosing to play for Spain instead of Brazil.
Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, 28, claims that Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain all tried to sign him after a difficult first season at Real Madrid.
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, 23, hopes he has done enough to earn a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Wembley friendlies against Chile and Germany later this month.
But Arsenal's 21-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to miss England's final two matches of 2013 as he continues to struggle with an ankle problem.
Norwich boss Chris Hughton, 54, says he still has the support of the boardroom despite seeing his side lose five of their last seven league games.
Uruguayan goalkeeper Juan Obelar, 34 has been forced to retire after losing four fingers in a horrific accident while carrying out repairs at his home. Obelar won the Honduran league with Marathon in 2008.