Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Barcelona will compete with Manchester United and Arsenal to try to sign Borussia Dortmund's Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 23.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder joined Galatasaray from Inter in January

Manchester United have renewed their interest in Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder. The Netherlands international, 29, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for several years.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

West Ham will bid for Inter Milan's Argentina striker Diego Milito. The 34-year-old's contract expires next summer and the Hammers are hoping to sign Milito for a reduced fee.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Cruzeiro's Brazilian forward Everton Ribeiro will consider a move to Manchester United, but Liverpool are also interested in the 24-year-old, who could cost £10m.

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is considering a January move for Brondby's 23-year-old striker Simon Makienok. The 6ft 7in forward was also a target for previous manager Ian Holloway.

Simon Makienok
Simon Makienok has four Denmark caps

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Arsenal have watched Ajax's Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen, 20, who has been compared to Dennis Bergkamp.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, 32, will move to a Major League Soccer club in the United States once his contract comes to an end next summer.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, 31, will be a £4m target for Spanish side Atletico Madrid once his season-long loan expires at Italian club Napoli.

Full story: The Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 33, will be out for six weeks with a hamstring problem sustained in the 4-1 win over West Ham.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Jordan Henderson is also going to miss several weeks with an ankle problem, leaving Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with Lucas and Joe Allen as his only fit central midfielders.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

West Ham winger Stewart Downing has had ankle surgery after being injured in his side's defeat at Liverpool and is set for a 10-week spell on the sidelines.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Tottenham also have injury concerns as they fear defender Jan Vertonghen could miss the club's Christmas fixtures with an ankle problem.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 32, lost his first-team spot after the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle but he is set to return to the Blues starting line-up for the Champions League group game against Steaua Bucharest.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)

Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa could return to German side Borussia Dortmund as club manager David Moyes is thinking of selling the 24-year-old Japanese international.

Full story: Welt (in German)external-link

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 25, is 'very close' to joining AS Monaco this winter in a transfer deal that could reach 35m dollars (£21.2m).

Full story: Sport24external-link

Former Paris St-Germain director of football Leonardo has confirmed the club attempted to sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28.

Full story: AS (Spanish)external-link

AND FINALLY

West Brom team-mates Shane Long and Boaz Myhill have been pictured busking during their Christmas party in Dublin.

Full story: Metroexternal-link