Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham's 28-year-old centre-back Michael Dawson is a target for Southampton as they look to strengthen a defence that has conceded 24 goals in eight Premier League games this season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham could be close to a move for Brazilian midfielder Willian after the 24-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk player admitted he would like to play for his "friend" Andre Villas-Boas.

Full story: The Metro

Paris Saint-Germain have denied a link with QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, 23. Speaking to Algerian newspaper Le Buteur, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: "Despite rumours in the press we have not made any move for the player. Right now, he is not in our plans."

Full story: TalkSPORT

Liverpool are planning to approach Schalke over striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in January. The 29-year-old's future in Germany is uncertain after he postponed talks on a new deal until December.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has postponed talks on a new deal with Schalke

Full story: Daily Star

Real Madrid are eyeing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 21, as a long-term replacement for current number one Iker Casillas. There have been suggestions in Spain that Spanish Under-21 international De Gea is homesick.

Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has vowed to fight for his place at Upton Park.

Full story: The Sun

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is keen to boost his side's Premier League promotion bid by bringing Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, 28, to the club on loan.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Rio Ferdinand is planning to launch a breakaway union to protect the interests of black footballers.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has resolved his differences with Ferdinand over the Kick It Out T-shirt saga and will offer the defender, 34 next month, a new deal when his present contract expires at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Star

Former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness has emerged as a surprise contender to take charge at Bolton, who had looked set to agree a £500,000 compensation deal for Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham coach Billy McKinlay is wanted by Blackburn to succeed Steve Kean as manager at Ewood Park. The 43-year-old, who spent five years with Rovers as a player, is keen to bring in another former Blackburn favourite Chris Sutton as his assistant.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Tottenham player David Ginola has tipped winger Gareth Bale to become one of the best players in the world and claimed Spurs will struggle to keep the 23-year-old Welshman at White Hart Lane.

Full story: TalkSPORT

AND FINALLY

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is to ban the swapping of shirts after tonight's match with the illustrious Barcelona, amid fears his players could become star struck by Lionel Messi and co.

Full story: Daily Record

England captain Steven Gerrard is joined by fellow national team stars including Frank Lampard, Joe Hart, Glen Johnson and ladies team icons Kelly Smith and Faye White in a special Where's Wally? poster celebrating 25 years of the hide-and-seek character. The poster also features the Bobby Moore statue, the FA Cup and the Wembley Arch.

Full story: The Metro