Tuesday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Everton have 'put aside' a new deal for Manchester United target Leighton Baines, 28, but manager Roberto Martinez promises a contract will be sorted for the defender.

Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines scored two goals from free-kicks in Everton's 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday

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Italian champions Juventus will provide stiff competition for Liverpool to sign Xabi Alonso, 31, should the Real Madrid midfielder fail to extend his contract beyond next summer.

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Arsenal are set to sign Basel defender Fabian Schar, 21, in January as boss Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his backline.

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Bristol City are interested in signing winger Luke Freeman, 21, in a £300,000 deal from League One rivals Stevenage.

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Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk, 21, is wanted on loan by MK Dons and Swindon.

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OTHER GOSSIP

Sunderland want Watford boss Gianfranco Zola to succeed fellow Italian Paolo Di Canio as manager.

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Blackpool manager Paul Ince could also be looked at by Black Cats officials as Di Canio's successor.

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Unemployed duo Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, also contenders to replace Di Canio, have serious reservations about taking the job.

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Liverpool are prepared to wait before offering Glen Johnson, 29, a new contract despite the defender entering the final two years of his current deal.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he does not know when forward Theo Walcott, 24, will be fit to return from a stomach problem.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

Mesut Ozil
Arsenal have won all three games in which Mesut Ozil has played

Wenger still has a £50m transfer pot to spend at Arsenal even after paying £42.5m for 24-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil.

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Manager Owen Coyle has blamed TV schedules for the fact Wigan will have to play a weakened team against Manchester City on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup just two days after their Championship game with Ipswich.

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AND FINALLY

On-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, has revealed how he is improving his game - by watching every second of every Premier League game.

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Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths, 23, was praised for giving his shirt to a pensioner after striking the lifelong fan with a ball while warming up before his side's 1-0 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

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