Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is planning a £48m raid for Napoli's Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 26, who played under him at Real Madrid.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Manchester United manager David Moyes is to make a £30m bid for Atletico Madrid's attacking midfielder Koke, 21, when the transfer window opens.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke
Koke could be set for a move to the Premier League

Full story: Daily Mirror

Moyes has also been told that if he wants to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 24, it will cost up to £40m.

Full story: Daily Mail

The Old Trafford side are also poised to make a move for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 25, who is rated at about £15m.

Full story: Daily Star

Roberto Martinez says Everton must wait until the end of the season to open talks on a permanent deal for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, 32.

Full story: the Guardian

Arsenal have been quoted £22m if they want to sign Newcastle's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the January transfer window.

Full story: Daily Mail

Celtic are interested in Egypt Under-21 international Mahmoud Hassan, the 19-year-old midfielder currently with Al Ahly.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool are ready to reward manager Brendan Rodgers, 40, with a new contract worth more than £2m a year. Rodgers has only 18 months left to run on the three-year deal he signed in 2012.

Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing has denied rumours striker Nicolas Anelka is coasting to the end of his career at the club, and insists the 34-year-old former France striker will have a part to play over the holiday period.

Full story: Daily Mail

Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 24, has thanked his girlfriend's father, former Dutch great Johan Neeskens, for his help as he prepares to return after 13 weeks out injured. Neeskens was part of the Dutch side who were runners-up at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.

Full story: Daily Star

AND FINALLY

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana has freed himself up for the World Cup by getting married on Christmas Eve. The 25-year-old was due to tie the knot with fiancee Emily Jubb on the day of England's first match in Brazil but they brought the big day forward.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

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