Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri wants to be reunited with midfielder Frank Lampard at French second division side Monaco. Lampard, 34, has been told his Blues contract will not be renewed when it expires next summer.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Marouane Fellaini could replace Lampard at Chelsea, who will bid more than £20m for the 25-year-old midfielder next month.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Feghouli has scored nine goals in 39 La Liga appearances since joining Valencia in 2010
Feghouli has scored nine goals in 39 La Liga appearances since joining Valencia in 2010

England centre-back Joleon Lescott, 30, may consider a loan move in January after starting just seven games for Manchester City this season.

Full story: The Guardianexternal-link

Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, 20, is good enough to play for Tottenham, according to Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

The agent of Liverpool target Arda Turan has said the 25-year-old winger plans to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Liverpool could also buy fellow La Liga winger Sofiane Feghouli, 22, from Valencia.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, is in talks to cancel his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and wants to join Queens Park Rangers.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

New York Red Bulls head of global soccer - and former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager - Gerard Houllier claims he has heard nothing from Arsene Wenger about a loan return for striker Thierry Henry, 35, to Arsenal.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Striker Bafetimbi Gomis says he will decide in January whether to sign a new contract with Lyon or leave the French title challengers. The 27-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool.

Full story: skysports.comexternal-link

Club World Cup champions Corinthians are to make a £12.2m offer for AC Milan's 23-year-old striker Alexandre Pato, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.

Full story: La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian)external-link

Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza, 26, will join Wigan in January after being granted a work permit to work in the UK.

Full story: The Independentexternal-link

Newcastle striker Demba Ba, 27, says he is interested in a move to Arsenal in January.

Balotelli will face Manchester City at a Premier League tribunal in London on Wednesday.
Balotelli will face Manchester City at a Premier League tribunal in London on Wednesday.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Stoke and Aston Villa are leading a 30-club race to sign Crewe's latest midfield starlet Luke Murphy, 23.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Newcastle United are in advanced talks to sign France international striker Loic Rémy, 25, from Marseille for £10m and hope to announce the deal at the start of the January window.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Manchester City and Juventus are interested in signing Spanish striker David Villa, 31, who is "becoming increasingly tired of his situation" at Barcelona.

Full story: Futbol.as (in Spanish)external-link

Juventus have terminated the contract of Brazilian defender Lucio, 34. The former Bayern Munich player is likely to return to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing Brazilian defender Dani Alves,29, to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona.

Full story: Futbol.as (in Spanish)external-link

Brazilian midfielder Juninho, 37, will join New York Red Bulls following the end of his contract at Brazilian club Vasco de Gama. He will be reunited with his former manager at Lyon, Gerard Houllier who is now sporting director at the American club.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Senior figures at Manchester City have told manager Roberto Mancini to leave striker Mario Balotelli, 22, out of the team over Christmas as punishment for his behaviour.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Mancini personally sanctioned the £340,000 fine and misconduct charge that Balotelli is fighting at a Premier League tribunal.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has urged Balotelli to start listening to his coaches if he is to make the most of his career.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has backed the share issue of Charles Green, the chief executive, by investing more of his own money in the Ibrox club.

Full story: The Times (subscription only)external-link

AND FINALLY

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has cancelled the club's Christmas party as a show of respect to supporters due to their poor run of form.

Full story: Evening Chronicleexternal-link

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, 27, was coaching children in Switzerland on Monday as part of his sentence for getting sent off for England against Montenegro in October 2011.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Manchester City officials have approached the FA with an offer to host a trial to see if safe standing can return to football.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

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