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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, 62, has been told he has at least £35m to spend in the January transfer window and could try to sign Atletico Madrid striker Falcao, 26.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Brazil forward Neymar, 20, says international team-mate and Chelsea midfielder Oscar has pleaded with him to join the Blues.

Full story: the Sun

Manchester City plan to be busy in the new year, and will make another attempt to buy Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, 22. The Montenegro international is valued at £25m, and is also being tracked by Juventus.

Full story: Goal.com

Drogba has scored seven goals in 10 appearances for Shanghai
Drogba has scored seven goals in 10 appearances for Shanghai

Serie A champions Juve also hope to bring in former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 34, on a three-year contract if he is released from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua because of ongoing disputes within the club's hierarchy.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Sunderland would let striker Connor Wickham, 19, leave on loan. The England Under-21 international has yet to make a first team appearance this season.

Full story: the People

QPR chief executive Philip Beard says midfielder Joey Barton can turn his loan spell at Marseille into a permanent deal.

Full story: Sunday Express

Scotland striker James McFadden will this week sign a contract that will keep him at Sunderland until the summer.

Full story: The Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Steve Kean, 45, resigned as manager at Blackburn Rovers - and walked away from a contract worth up to £14.9m - as a successful claim against the club for constructive dismissal would see him receive a much larger settlement figure than if he had been sacked by the Championship club.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

QPR will not sack manager Mark Hughes even if the club are involved in a relegation battle for the rest of the season, says owner Tony Fernandes.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Newcastle United are hopeful an overhaul of their youth academy will see it belatedly clinch Category One status in the next few months and bring in a minimum annual funding of £775,000 under the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Full story: the Journal

Wickham did not make the Sunderland bench for Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Manchester City
Wickham did not make the Sunderland bench for Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Manchester City

The north east club are also in advanced talks with consumer finance company Wonga to sponsor both their shirts and stadium in a deal believed to be worth £8m a year.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has no interest in wearing the captain's armband when he wins his 100th cap for England, which he could earn against Poland on 16 October.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

However, that honour might have to wait as the 31-year-old is to be left out of the World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday by manager Roy Hodgson, 65, and fined £240,000 by Chelsea after his expletive-laden tweet about the Football Association.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Cole is likely to be fined when the FA meets on Monday to discuss what punishment to level against the Blues defender.

Full story: Sunday Times (subscription required)

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing, 28, has hit back at manager Brendan Rodgers for questioning his desire. Rodgers challenged Downing to show "fight" and "commitment to the cause", to which the England international said: "I was upset and you'll have to ask the manager what he meant with that quote. I always try my best."

Full story: the Sun

Scotland coach Craig Levein believes his squad will welcome back Steven Fletcher, despite the Sunderland striker's previous snub of the international set-up, with open arms - because they all want to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Full story: The Sun

Vancouver Whitecaps have allowed striker Kenny Miller to return to Scotland to recover from a hamstring strain so he can be fit for Scotland's World Cup qualifying double header against Wales and Belgium.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Celtic manager Neil Lennon could be the next member of staff to land a pay rise after helping three of his players - Charlie Mulgrew, Adam Matthews and James Forrest - earn bumper new deals.

Full story: Sunday Mail

AND FINALLY

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill moaned that the light, bright boots his players are wearing are to blame for injuries.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Winger Juan Mata, 24, has showed his talents are not limited to football by singing the Macarena to Chelsea fans at a Q&A session also featuring Spanish compatriots striker Fernando Torres, 28, midfielder Oriol Romeu, 21, and right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, 23.

Full story: Metro

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