Thursday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Valencia are lining up a move to re-sign Juan Mata from Chelsea during the January transfer window. Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid are also keeping tabs on the 25-year-old midfielder's situation.

Juan Mata
Mata has been Chelsea's player of the year two seasons in a row but is out of the team

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Manchester United bid more than £86m in a bid to lure forward Gareth Bale, 24, from Tottenham before the Welshman joined Real Madrid.

Full story: the Telegraphexternal-link

Bale's agent confirmed another club offered "a lot more money" before the forward moved to Spain.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Arsenal and Manchester City are expected to bid for French defender Adil Rami, 27, who has been transfer listed by Valencia following his public criticism of under-pressure coach Miroslav Djukic.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Liverpool sent scouts to watch 18-year-old former Barcelona winger Keita Balde Diao in action for Lazio against Legia Warsaw last week.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 20, will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury at Swindon on Tuesday.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet was sacked by Brighton at the end of last season following failure in the Championship play-offs

Chelsea forward Mata is willing to play in any position in a bid to impress Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet will have to convince Sunderland owner Ellis Short he is the right man to be the club's next manager despite a recommendation from Black Cats director of football Roberto De Fanti.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Uruguayan Poyet is set for further talks with Black Cats bosses about replacing Paolo Di Canio.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)external-link

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby, 23, believes Spurs can battle it out for four trophies this season - the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Newcastle fans have been told that club owner Mike Ashley has no intention of selling the Magpies.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link

West Ham striker Ricardo Vaz Te, 26, is set to start for the Hammers against Hull on Saturday - a month on from handing in a transfer request as boss Sam Allardyce deals with a striker crisis.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (supplied by BBC Monitoring)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, disappointed with his team's narrow 2-1 win over Elche, says his team needs to play "better, harder and with more personality".

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)external-link

AS Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 27, remains a "constant threat when he prowls on to the surface", says French daily lefigaro after Monaco crushed Bastia 3-0 in Wednesday's match.

Full story: lefigaro (in French)external-link

In Germany, Hanover 96 boss Martin Kind says his team are "great" but they faced an "opponent who are very strong". Kind made these remarks after his team suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat by Bayern Munich.

Full story: Die Welt (in German)external-link

AND FINALLY

Striker Dennis Bergkamp has revealed that the magnitude of his £7.5m move to Arsenal in 1995 only hit home when he saw the headline on Ceefax.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Britain's oldest referee, 86-year-old Harry Hardy, will be honoured at Buckingham Palace for his work in football.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link