Sunday's gossip column: Bale, Aubameyang, Cavani, Fernandes, Mari, Rojo

Football gossip

Tottenham are working on a permanent deal that would see Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, return to the club from Real Madrid before this week's transfer deadline. (Express)

Manchester United may decide to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if results do not improve this season, with England boss Gareth Southgate a leading contender to replace him. (Mail)

Manchester United will make a move for Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell, 23, in the summer. (Metro)

Barcelona are not expected to pursue a move for Arsenal's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, during the current transfer window and will focus on Valencia's Spain forward Rodrigo Moreno, 28. (Sport)

However, Aubameyang may be targeted by Paris St-Germain as a replacement for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32. (Foot Mercato - in French)

Cavani, linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, has verbally agreed to join Atletico Madrid before the end of the January transfer window. (Goal)

Cavani rejected a contract proposal worth around £10m-a-year, plus a huge signing-on bonus from Manchester United. (Mirror)

Tottenham and Aston Villa will not pursue bids for Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the current window as neither is willing to meet Fulham's £40m valuation. The 25-year-old has an option to leave in the summer - if Fulham fail to secure promotion to the Premier League. (Star)

Arsenal are close to finalising the signing of 26-year-old Flamengo defender Pablo Mari. (Mail)

Manchester United are refusing to lower the £25m asking price for England centre-back Chris Smalling, with Roma keen to complete a permanent deal for the 30-year-old, who is currently on loan at the Serie A side. (Sun)

Manchester United remain interested in Sporting's Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, but the two teams are unable to agree a fee. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Marcos Rojo is heading back to Estudiantes on loan - after Manchester United failed to find a buyer for the 29-year-old Argentine defender. (Mirror)

Newcastle hope to beat Valencia to the signature of Borussia Dortmund and Spain striker Paco Alcacer, 26, who is available for a loan deal. (Sun)

Southampton have held further talks with Tottenham over a deal for England Under-21 full-back Kyle Walker-Peters, 22. (Mail)

Birmingham are prepared to turn down any offers for England Under-17 international Jude Bellingham, and are confident of keeping hold of the 16-year-old despite interest from Manchester United and Liverpool. (90 Min)

West Ham's New Zealand defender Winston Reid, 31, has turned down the opportunity of joining Charlton on loan. (TeamTalk)

Norwich are in talks to sign F91 Dudelange and Luxembourg winger Danel Sinani, 22. (Mail)

Former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi, the 31-year-old France midfielder on loan at Galatasaray from Roma, is considering a move to West Ham. (Le10Sport, via Star)

Leeds target Britt Assombalonga, 27, is up for sale with Middlesbrough willing to sell the DR Congo striker. (Star)

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 27, is to be honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in London. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal, Manchester United and Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, 36, has revealed Vincent Kompany asked him to come out of retirement and join him at Anderlecht. (HLN - in Dutch)

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