Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 26, is facing an exit from Etihad Stadium as the club line up a move for Barcelona's Victor Valdes, 31.

Full story: Daily Star

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been capped 18 times by Spain.
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been capped 18 times by Spain

Liverpool have joined the chase to sign Fulham's emerging French striker Moussa Dembele. The 17-year-old, signed from Paris St-Germain, is also a target for Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham midfielder Josh Pritchard, 21, will snub a permanent move to Norway despite impressing while on loan at Tromso.

Full story: Daily Express

Hull striker Sone Aluko, 24, has paved the way for a £2.6m January switch to Crystal Palace by turning down a new contract at the KC Stadium.

Hull City striker Sone Aluko scored 12 goals in 21 games for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League
Hull City striker Sone Aluko scored 12 goals in 21 games for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are considering a £15m bid for Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 28, in the January transfer window as manager Arsene Wenger searches for cover for 27-year-old forward Olivier Giroud.

Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, 32, and Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe, 31, are targets for Canada-based MLS side Toronto.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 33, and team-mate Daniel Sturridge, 24, are injury doubts, along with 32-year-old Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, for England's friendlies against Chile and Germany.

Full story: the Guardian

West Brom fans were left angered after finding out referee Andre Marriner, who awarded a controversial penalty against them at Chelsea, is a fan of their Midlands rivals Aston Villa.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Martin O'Neill, who has taken over as Republic of Ireland manager, has labelled Paolo Di Canio a "managerial charlatan". The Italian criticised the fitness of Sunderland's players after taking over from O'Neill at the Stadium of Light last season, before being sacked himself early in September.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Wigan manager Owen Coyle denied 24-year-old Irish winger James McClean was absent from his squad against Yeovil for refusing to wear a poppy.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 28, believes Barcelona star Lionel Messi might play in the Premier League one day.

Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he will not compete for big-money signings and will continue to give young players opportunities to thrive at Villa Park.

Full story: Sky Sports

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, 32, will consider a return to his native Brazil when his contract ends at White Hart Lane next summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, on loan at Derby, was forced to abandon his £100,000 Porsche on the way to Pride Park after it became submerged in a muddy ditch in the middle of remote woods because of a sat-nav error.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson revealed his friendly relationship with former Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero by giving the Argentine a cheeky pinch on the backside before their match at the Stadium of Light.

Full story: Daily Mail

Bordeaux adopted a llama called Serge, who was taken on a tram ride around the city by a group of men who had just left a nightclub, as their mascot for their match against Nantes.

Full story: Eurosport (in French)

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