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Southampton want to bring Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, to the club on a loan deal until the end of the season. (Telegraph)external-link

Saints also want to use their money from Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk's £75m transfer to the Reds to re-sign Arsenal's 28-year-old England forward Theo Walcott. (Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid are interested in Fulham's England Under-19s left-back Ryan Sessegnon. Manchester United and Tottenham are also keen on the 17-year-old. (AS via Talksport)external-link

Spanish giants Real also want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and the Premier League side are prepared to sell the 25-year-old Belgium international if he cannot agree a contract extension at Stamford Bridge. (Sky Sports)external-link

Arsenal are preparing a bid for Leicester and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, with 29-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez set to leave the club. (Le Buteur - in French)external-link

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says talks over a new contract with midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, are planned for the beginning of January. (Mail)external-link

Manchester City will look to sign West Brom and Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans, 29, or Real Sociedad's 26-year-old Spain defender Inigo Martinez in January. (Telegraph)external-link

Juventus have rejected Manchester United's £70m bid for Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 24. United also offered Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, as part of the deal. (Sun)external-link

West Ham are keen on signing Borussia Dortmund and Germany forward Andre Schurrle, 27, on loan in January. (Guardian)external-link

Hammers boss David Moyes could also make a move for 27-year-old Stoke and Wales midfielder Joe Allen. (Mirror)external-link

Wolfsburg want to permanently sign Liverpool striker Divock Origi. The 22-year-old Belgium international joined the Bundesliga side on a season-long loan deal in August. (ESPN)external-link

Stoke want to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings, 25, on loan, but will face competition from Newcastle, West Ham and West Brom. (Independent)external-link

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony says striker Jack Marriott, 23, and and winger Marcus Maddison, 24, will not be joining Leeds United. (Express)external-link

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes striker Romelu Lukaku, 24, has lost some of his pace by bulking up too much. (Sun)external-link

Virgil van Dijk, 26, will be at Anfield on Saturday to watch Liverpool's game against Leicester prior to moving to the Reds from Southampton on 1 January. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Sheffield Wednesday have held talks with former England manager Steve McClaren over their vacant managerial position. (Sheffield Star)external-link

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie feared his career was over after having two operations on a knee injury. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Liverpool and England Under-17 striker Rhian Brewster says he is dismayed at the lack of action from football authorities against racism. (Guardian)external-link

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been "mentally crushed" by offers to leave Borussia Dortmund, according to club president Reinhard Rauball. (Kicker - in German)external-link

Everton have removed a shirt from their online store after fans noticed that the main image was of Liverpool supporters celebrating, rather than Everton's. (Mail)external-link

Brighton defender Liam Rosenior, 33, says "players who have worked abroad" say "a winter break was key to performing at an optimum level in the second half of a season". (Guardian)external-link

Best of Thursday's gossip

Manchester United will not rival Barcelona's interest in 26-year-old Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. (Marca)external-link

Paris St-Germain are monitoring Marouane Fellaini's situation at United and would be keen to sign the 30-year-old midfielder on a free transfer next summer. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool flew a team of doctors to assess Southampton's 26-year-old defender Virgil van Dijk so they could complete his £75m signing as quickly as possible - and before Manchester City could rival their interest. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Atletico Madrid are happy to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, 24, in the January transfer window. (AS)external-link

Chelsea failed in a bid for the Belgium international last summer but could return with a new offer. (Sun)external-link

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