Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City and Chelsea have been told they can have Atletico Madrid's 26-year-old striker Radamel Falcao next summer - but the bidding starts at £48m.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Fernando Llorente
Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente was part of the Spain squad which won Euro 2012

Arsene Wenger, 62, has £35m to spend in January and the Arsenal manager will attempt to buy a striker with Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez, 24, and Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente, 27, his leading targets.

Full story: Daily Mail

Sunderland are ready to compete with Everton for the signature of Belgium striker Jelle Vossen, 23.

Full story: talkSPORT

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has told Wilfried Zaha, 19, to snub Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and stay at Selhurst Park.

Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked his network of scouts to search for another new striker for the January transfer window.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Nemanja Vidic's agent has ruled out any possibility of the 30-year-old Manchester United defender joining Serie A champions Juventus in January.

Full story: Sky Sports

Leeds United are close to completing a move for Southend United's 24-year-old winger Ryan Hall.

Full story: Yorkshire Evening Post

OTHER GOSSIP

Ashley Young
Man Utd's Ashley Young has been out since August

Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 27, has returned to training for the first time since injuring his knee in August.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal are planning to arrange extra matches for midfielder Jack Wilshere, 20, in a bid to speed up his return to full fitness after 14 months on the sidelines through injury.

Full story: Metro

Key Swansea players have held a series of secret meetings with chairman Huw Jenkins about the management methods of new boss Michael Laudrup.

Full story: Daily Mail

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes Arsenal are the perfect model to follow as Premier League clubs prepare for financial regulation.

Full story: Sky Sports

Blackburn are to launch a second bid to make Tim Sherwood, who is currently technical co-ordinator at Tottenham, their new manager.

Full story: the Sun

The president of the Spanish FA has claimed racism does not exist in his country's game. "There is no racism in Spanish football," said Angel Villa Llona.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

AND FINALLY

Defender Daniel Agger, 27, claims he proved his loyalty to Liverpool before signing a new deal - by having the letters YNWA, standing for You'll Never Walk Alone, tattooed on the knuckles of his right hand.

Full story: Daily Mirror