Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are planning a move for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien. Arsene Wenger wants the 29-year-old on loan after he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea will consider loaning out striker Daniel Sturridge, 22, if they can push through the purchase of Bayer Leverkusen's 20-year-old forward Andre Schurrle before the deadline.

Full story: The Guardian

Liverpool will pursue a loan deal for Sturridge after loaning out fellow striker Andy Carroll, 23, to West Ham.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Michael Dawson
Michael Dawson could still leave White Hart Lane

Tottenham's Michael Dawson, 28, could still leave White Hart Lane, despite fellow defender Younes Kaboul likely to be out injured until Christmas.

Full story: talkSPORT

Porto say Tottenham will have to smash their £16.5m transfer record to land 25-year-old midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are ready to send striker Marouane Chamakh, 28, out on loan, with Malaga or Besiktas likely destinations.

Full story: The Metro

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, 32, could be set for a deadline-day return to former club West Ham.

Full story: Daily Express

Aston Villa are aiming to pull off a double swoop for Genk striker Christian Benteke, 21, and Charlton's 22-year-old midfielder Dale Stephens.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Centre-back and defensive midfielder Stephane Mbia, 26, has revealed he is heading for QPR — after snubbing an 11th-hour bid from Fenerbahce.

Full story: The Sun

Sunderland see Danny Rose, 22, as the ideal replacement for Kieran Richardson and hope to sign Tottenham's left-sided player on loan

Full story: Daily Mirror

Nicklas Bendtner
Bendtner is wanted by Stoke and Juventus

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 24, has been offered to Stoke City in a loan deal but several other clubs are also in contact with his representatives.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Or the Arsenal striker is on his way to Juventus after he appeared keen on a move to the Serie A champions.

Full story: The Metro

Huddersfield are hoping to bring in QPR striker DJ Campbell, 30, and Leicester's Jermaine Beckford, 28, to replace 22-year-old Scotland international Jordan Rhodes, who joined Blackburn on Thursday.

Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham have offered Nikola Zigic a free transfer and a big pay-off in a bid to ship the 31-year-old striker off to Real Mallorca.

Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom will launch a £3m beat-the-deadline bid for Blackburn's 24-year-old defender Martin Olsson.

Full story: The Sun

Everton want to sign Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi after the 23-year-old fell out with Rovers boss Steve Kean.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 28, is set to be named in United's Champions League squad, despite not playing a competitive game since November.

Full story: Daily Mail

Andre Villas-Boas has accused Hamburg of disrespecting Tottenham in their attempts to re-sign attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 29.

Full story: The Independent

AND FINALLY

New West Ham loanee Andy Carroll, 23, made a dramatic helicopter dash to complete the move - just as he did when joining Liverpool 18 months ago.

Full story: Daily Mail

Celtic striker Mohamed Bangura, 23, was given a fond - and unusual - farewell by the Scottish club before he departed on loan to AIK.

Full story: The Metro