Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Italian champions Juventus are determined to keep France midfielder Paul Pogba, 20, for at least another 18 months, despite interest from his former club Manchester United plus Manchester City and Arsenal.
Newcastle could add a ninth signing from France's Ligue 1 to their squad as Magpies boss Alan Pardew is interested in Bordeaux forward Cheick Diabate, 25.
Manchester United winger Nani, 27, has re-emerged as a target for Juventus as the Serie A champions look to defend their domestic crown for a third successive season.
Liverpool are preparing a £7m bid for Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou. The Borussia Monchengladbach forward, 25, scored three vital goals in his country's two-legged World Cup play-off win against Romania.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must wait until after the World Cup to sign Germany and Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, 20.
Nigeria international Eddy Onazi, 20, has handed Everton a blow by revealing he would "jump at the chance" to play for their Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Cardiff City look set to battle it out with La Liga side Elche for Braga striker Hugo Vieira, 25, in January.
Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 25, insists he wants to fight for his Old Trafford place, despite being linked with a January loan move to Fulham.
WORLD CUP GOSSIP
England boss Roy Hodgson risked a row with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after midfielder Jack Wilshere, 21, sustained an ankle injury in Tuesday's friendly defeat against Germany.
Former England captain John Terry, 32, would not make an international comeback for next summer's World Cup finals, even if the defender was asked to reconsider his retirement.
Germany coach Joachim Low has tipped 18-year-old Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry, who has made just five Premier League appearances, to be a shock inclusion in his World Cup squad.
Arsenal expect to learn this week whether their Champions League tie against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo will be played behind closed doors. Crowd trouble marred the Italian side's home win against Marseille two weeks ago.
Stoke target Juan Agudelo, 20, has been denied a work permit. The Potters had hoped to land the United States striker on a free transfer in January.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes having to deal with controversial Reds striker Luis Suarez, 26, has made him a better manager.
Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in an eight-year-old Argentine. Left-footed Claudio Gabriel Nancufil is said to possess impressive dribbling and control and has already drawn comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Hull City's owner, Assem Allam, has offered to refund any season ticket holder who is unhappy about the company name change to Hull City Tigers.