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Monday's gossip column

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BREAKING GOSSIP

1025 GMT: Real Madrid anchorman Lassana Diarra is an £11m target for Manchester United after falling out of favour at the Bernabeu.
Full story: IMScouting

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has made his admiration of Newcastle striker Andy Carroll public, but admits the Magpies would be reluctant to sell. However he might find it easier to snare Wolfsburg forward Edin Dzeko whose price has dropped to about £25m.
Full story: Guardian

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to be given at least £50m to spend in January and has again turned his attention to Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Full story: Daily Mail

Although a possible alternative goalkeeper for Ferguson is Bayer Leverkusen's Rene Adler, who has an escape clause in his contract allowing him to join United if they meet the German club's valuation, thought to be nearly £20m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United could also be close to a £13m deal for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Young may alternatively move to Tottenham with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp ready to offer Villa their pick of striker Robbie Keane, and midfielders David Bentley, Nico Kranjcar and Jamie O'Hara as part of a £15m deal.
Full story: the Sun

Manchester City and Chelsea target David Luiz will cost either club £35m if they are to prise the defender away from Portuguese club Benfica.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will instead turn his attention to £15m-rated Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal are also looking at defensive reinforcements with Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker interesting manager Arsene Wenger.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Premier League rivals West Brom and Wigan are keeping tabs on Leeds midfielder Max Gradel.
Full story: Daily Mail

New Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has revealed he is interested in signing LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham in January.
Full story: talkSPORT

West Ham manager Avram Grant is hopeful of completing the signing of Aston Villa's Steve Sidwell after hinting the midfielder passed his medical on Wednesday.
Full story: talkSPORT

Sidwell's Villa team-mate John Carew snubs Birmingham and Fulham to set up a move across the Midlands to West Brom.
Full story: Daily Mail

Out-of-form Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has emerged as a surprise target for West Ham.
Full story: caughtoffside.com

Birmingham have held initial discussions with Tottenham over the possibility of signing striker Robbie Keane on loan.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wolves and Aston Villa are braced to battle each other for Middlesbrough pair Gary O'Neil and David Wheater.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Leicester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson will launch an audacious bid next month to land goalkeeper Shay ­Given from Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

But Eriksson could face competition from Gerard Houllier, who wants to bring the out-of-favour keeper to Villa Park.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise has demanded talks with manager Mark Hughes about his lack of first-team appearances.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea are the favourites to sign highly rated Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Full story: Daily Mail

Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes that former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Freddie Ljungberg could take the Bhoys to the Scottish Premier League title if he can agree a deal with the Swedish free agent. (Daily Record)

Reports in the Turkish media suggest that Rangers striker Kenny Miller has agreed in principle to sign for Bursaspor next season. (the Herald)

Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra, linked with a move from Ibrox in January, says he hopes to help Rangers to the Europa League final this season but eventually wants to play in the Premier League in England. (Daily Express)

Scotland winger Kris Commons is ready to sign a new contract with Derby County despite interest from Celtic. (Daily Record)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood could return to his former club, Newcastle United, to sign striker Ryan Donaldson on loan. (the Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey will be picked by the Great Britain Olympic team for the 2012 Games.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former England captain Bryan Robson is fighting for his job as manager of Thailand.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool fans he has no magic wand to turn his mid-table team into world-beaters.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Indeed Hodgson has gone further and blasted the wages at Anfield that have left him unable to offload players.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Neil McDonald, who was assistant to sacked Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers, is in pole position to become Motherwell manager and watched Sunday's defeat by Rangers. (Daily Record)

AND FINALLY

West Ham owner David Sullivan admits he can't sleep at night and that his time at West Ham has been a disaster so far.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England manager Graham Taylor was so annoyed by the sacking of Sam Allardyce at Blackburn that he refused to eat chicken or turkey for Christmas dinner in protest at the decision by the club's Indian owners, and chicken processing company, the Venky's Group. (Daily Express)



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Sunday's gossip column
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Sunday's Scottish gossip
26 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Friday's gossip column
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Friday's Scottish gossip
24 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Thursday's gossip column
23 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
23 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
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Wednesday's Scottish gossip
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Tuesday's gossip column
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