Friday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours
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Striker Carlton Cole, 29, is re-signing for West Ham on a short-term deal having previously spent seven years at Upton Park.
Chelsea want to sign France under-21 international midfielder Gianelli Imbula, 21, from Marseille.
Manchester United are planning to make a renewed move for Real Madrid's 25-year-old left-back Fabio Coentrao.
Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff, 27, could be allowed to leave Lyon after talks on a new contract stalled.
Jose Mourinho cried when he learned he was being passed over for the Manchester United job, according to a new book in Spain.
Arsenal and Liverpool are joining Juventus in the race to sign defender Martin Hinteregger, 21, from Red Bull Salzburg.
Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom, 20, is willing to go on loan to get first-team football.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke says there is big cash available for Arsene Wenger to make new signings in January.
Martin Jol wants former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen to join the Fulham coaching staff.
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, has apologised for a sending-off against Napoli in typically bizarre fashion by saying: "Mario has made a mistake. He has been provoked and made a mistake in reacting. If Mario makes a bad mistake, Mario should be punished."