Gossip column: Moyes, Hummels, Pique, Rooney and Sterling

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes is to be named as the new boss at La Liga side Real Sociedad. (Mail on Sunday)

Borussia Dortmund fear centre-back Mats Hummels will leave in January and the 25-year-old is thought to prefer a move to Arsenal rather than Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is set to sign striker Jay Rodriguez, 25, from his former club Southampton in January for £20m. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Jay Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez has not played for Saints this season after suffering a knee injury on England duty

Arsenal are trying to buy Goncalo Guedes, 17, regarded as the "new Cristiano Ronaldo", but the Benfica star will cost them £40m. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool target £10m-rated Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 29, in the January transfer window after enquiring about the Bosnia-Hercegovina player last season. (Sunday Mirror)

Reds striker Fabio Borini is wanted by Inter Milan in a £14m deal but the 23-year-old is unwilling to move to the San Siro. (Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

Arsenal and Tottenham have joined Manchester United in wanting to sign 31-year-old Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, whose contract expires with the Nou Camp club next summer. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Real Madrid are willing to sell winger Gareth Bale, 25, to Manchester United in January and plan to move for Chelsea's Eden Hazard, 23, as a replacement. (Metro)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all interested in buying Benfica forward Talisca, 20, who is valued at £35m. (Daily Star on Sunday)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 27, will turn down a return to Manchester United to seal a switch to Chelsea in the January transfer window. (Metro)

OTHER GOSSIP

Football suffers from "institutional discrimination" according to a report commissioned by the Sports People's Think Tank (SPTT), which is a new organisation founded by a group of former Premier League footballers. (Observer)

England boss Roy Hodgson has backed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 29, to break Peter Shilton's England caps record.(Sunday Mirror)

Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday back page

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has branded former Gunners star Paul Merson 'a joke' for the pundit's outspoken attack on club's defence after their 3-3 Champions League draw against Anderlecht on Tuesday. (Sunday Telegraph)

Wenger believes that winger Theo Walcott is at risk of picking up another serious injury if he is rushed back to action too soon. The 25-year-old has played just 10 minutes since suffering a cruciate knee injury in January. (Inside Futbol)

Liverpool want to give striker Raheem Sterling, 19, a new £100,000-a-week contract that includes a £60m buy-out clause to ward off interest from Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Alexis Sanchez and team-mates
Alexis Sanchez with team-mates at their hotel ahead of Sunday's Premier League match with Swansea

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 25, posts on twitter a photo of himself with team-mates and vows that the Gunners will be taking home the three points from Swansea on Sunday.

QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, says on twitter that he would have swapped his goal in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday for a win that would have lifted the Loftus Road club out of the relegation zone.

AND FINALLY

QPR midfielder Joey Barton reveals that he wound up the Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season while on loan at Marseille by telling the Swede that he had a "big nose" after the former AC Milan player called him an "English so and so". (Mail on Sunday)

Former Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi has criticised Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, by claiming: "Balotelli is not a player, because a player moves as part of a team. He's just a footballer." (Sunday Express)

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