Gossip column: Milner, Falcao, Sako, Barton, Rooney, Ian Beale

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

England midfielder James Milner, 29, is poised to become a free agent in the summer by not signing a new Manchester City contract. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United are set to sign AC Milan and former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 30, with talks already at an advanced stage. (Calcio - in Italian)external-link

Arsenal will look to sign striker Jackson Martinez, 28, at the end of the season after Porto admitted they are ready to sell. (Metro)external-link

Metro
Angry West Ham boss Sam Allardyce makes Metro's back page

Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder Bubacar Djalo, 18, is interesting Tottenham - one of a number of clubs looking at a player who has been called "the new Paul Pogba". (Daily Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid are considering a summer move for striker Radamel Falcao, 29, who may not remain at Manchester United when his season's loan from Monaco expires. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Brom are planning to sign Wolves' Mali international winger Bakary Sako, 26, on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Burnley winger Michael Kightly, 29, says his team-mate Ashley Barnes, 25, is not a dirty player despite the controversy that ended up with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic being red-carded at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver has lauded midfielder Yaya Toure's inspirational qualities and described the 31-year-old as Manchester City's answer to Alan Shearer.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Former Manchester United winger Nani, 28, broke down in tears after scoring a spectacular 30 yarder for Sporting Lisbon against Gil Vicente on Sunday, claiming that the goal was for his family after a troubled year for the Portuguese international. (Daily Mail)external-link

QPR striker Charlie Austin insists he can beat Tottenham's Harry Kane and be England's top goalscorer in the Premier League this season. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has accused Chelsea of trying to influence referees at Stamford Bridge .(Times - subscription required)external-link

QPR captain Joey Barton, 32, could be sent on an anger management course after receiving the ninth red card of his career during Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Hull. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Daily Mirror
The aftermath of Liverpool's win at Southampton dominates the Daily Mirror's back page

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised Southampton for not mentioning their former players Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert - who moved to Anfield last summer - in Sunday's match programme when the sides met at St Mary's. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattemole, 26, has pleaded with fans to be more patient with under-fire boss Gus Poyet. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman believes that referees should be given more help on big decisions after claiming Kevin Friend turned down three penalty claims in Southampton's 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Sunday. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Southampton and Liverpool should both have been awarded penalties during Sunday's Premier League match, according to former referee Graham Poll. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 28, says teams like Stoke City can be "tougher" to play than Barcelona, who they face in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United's 2-1 defeat at Swansea on Saturday was a "blow" to their ambitions of returning to the Champions League, says their captain Wayne Rooney, 29, who also says United "need to hit back next week". (Daily Express)external-link

Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore deserves a statue in his honour if he keeps them in the Football League, according to the club's former striker Joe Allon, who also played for Newcastle and Chelsea. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has dismissed their chances of reaching this season's Championship play-offs, despite a 4-1 win against Blackburn on Saturday.(Nottingham Post)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Adam Woodyatt
"How could there be no penalties in that first half?"

Liverpool fan Adam Woodyatt, better known as Ian Beale in BBC soap Eastenders, was astonished at the number of controversial incidents in the first half of Sunday's 2-0 win at Southampton, tweeting:external-link "Amount of incidents in first half, it would sound like Mourinho reading lottery numbers!!"

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool's captain, had just one word to describe Philippe Coutinho's spectacular goal at Southampton, posting on Instagram:external-link "Wow."

Norwich winger Elliott Bennett, meanwhile, was remindedexternal-link of a classic 1995 goal against Liverpool by a Leeds striker: "You can't beat a goal that goes in off the bar! Coutinho rolling back to the days of Tony Yeboah! Bar and in specialist."

Nathaniel Clyne
Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne met Thierry Henry after the defeat by Liverpool

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne had the consolation of meeting an idol after his side's 2-0 defeat, tweeting:external-link "It was good to meet the legend Thierry Henry after the game."

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden spent a part of Sunday evening telling jokes on Twitter, such as this one:external-link "Why can't you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom? Because the 'P' is silent."

AND FINALLY...

The template for Championship club Brentford's future has already been tested at Danish Superliga leaders Midtjylland - who are owned by the Championship club's chairman Matthew Benham. (Guardian)external-link

Swansea captain Ashley Williams, 30, say he was encouraged to play a physical game against Manchester United striker Robin van Persie on Saturday - by a mascot. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Wycombe Wanderers had to endure a 10-and-a-half-hour journey to Carlisle for Saturday's League Two match after their coach suffered a tyre blow-out on the motorway. (Bucks Free Press)external-link