Tuesday's gossip: Stones, Oscar, Teixeira, Townsend, Monreal
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Chelsea will resume their £40m bid to sign Everton's England centre-half John Stones, 21, as soon as the transfer window opens in January. (Daily Express)
Aston Villa's new manager Remi Garde is prepared to sell striker Gabriel Agbonlahor to raise transfer funds in January. (Telegraph)
West Brom are considering a move for Besiktas striker Kerim Frei, 22, if a move for QPR forward Matt Phillips falls through. Frei has previously played for Fulham in the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)
Premier League champions Chelsea have been warned that Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, could cost them at least £7m more if they fail to sign him in January. (Daily Mirror)
Italian champions Juventus are keen to sign the Blues' 24-year-old Brazil midfielder Oscar. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal target and Spain midfielder Isco, 23, is frustrated at a lack of playing time at Real Madrid. (Sun)
But the Gunners may face a fight to keep Alexis Sanchez, 26, as Real Madrid see the Chile winger as an ideal replacement for Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo should the 30-year-old leave at the end of this season. (Don Balon)
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has not started a league game this season, wants to leave the club in January with West Brom and Newcastle interested in signing the 24-year-old England international. (Bleacher Report)
Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa is the favourite to be the new Swansea manager. (Daily Express)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to make any signings in the January window, despite being offered funds to bring in new players by the club's American owners. (Daily Mirror)
Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 27, is close to signing a new contract before the end of the month. (Guardian)
Roy Hodgson should remain as England manager until the 2018 World Cup, says former Three Lions centre-half Terry Butcher. (Talksport)
Napoli are hopeful they can lure Guillermo Varela away from Manchester United as the Uruguayan, 22, has only made three appearances for the Premier League club. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
New Valencia boss Gary Neville, 40, has admitted he would have been "sceptical" about his appointment were he still a pundit and has accepted that taking the job was a "big risk". (Daily Mail)
Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren, 26, is set to have a scan on Tuesday to discover the extent of the knee injury that led to him being carried off on a stretcher against West Brom. (Liverpool Echo)
Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal, 29, will be allowed to join Spanish club Athletic Bilbao. (Fichajes - in Spanish)
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, says it "hurts" him to see his former club Chelsea struggling so badly in the Premier League. (Goal)
Toffees captain Phil Jagielka has resumed light training after damaging his medial ligaments in the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in October. (Liverpool Echo)
Chelsea will allow 24-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid if Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, also 24, is offered as part of a swap deal.(Don Balon)
Sunderland are considering a move for West Ham defender James Collins in January. Any deal would see the 32-year-old work under his former manager Sam Allardyce again. (Shields Gazette)
Best of social media
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker may regret his immediate reaction to his former club Leicester beating Chelsea 2-1 to return to the top of the Premier League. He said:"YES! If Leicester win the Premier League I'll do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies."
Leicester defender Jeffrey Schlupp was thrilled with his side's latest win and said: "The boys are on fire! What a result! Atmosphere was electric tonight!"
Burnley midfielder Joey Barton was impressed by Leicester's goalscorers and said: "Vardy/Mahrez. Just keep on keeping on. Hats off to 'em."
After the Champions League draw, Manchester City centre-half Eliaquim Mangala said: "Round of 16: Dynamo Kiev.. Here we go. No matter how hard the game is, we will be even harder."
Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham encouraged people to "keep smiling" after posting a picture of himself holding a cute dog.
It would appear Southampton's players enjoyed a James Bond-themed party as defender Maya Yoshida posted an image and the words "Christmas Bond party last night".
Leicester fans were given a thank-you note from striker Jamie Vardy for their "magnificent support" as they arrived at the King Power Stadium for Monday's 2-1 win over Chelsea. (Sun)