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Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Chelsea are considering making a move for Napoli and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 24, who is also a reported target of Manchester City.
Full story: talkSPORT

He could be a replacement for striker Didier Drogba - who is determined to quit Chelsea in January, with Frank Lampard to follow.
Full story: The Sun

Serie A leaders Juventus are eager to buy Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia in January but the Red Devils are not interested in selling. Full story: Daily Mirror

United team-mate Federico Macheda will leave the club for a team on the continent in January, according to his agent.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, United are set to offer £25m for Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 23, who helped knock them out of the Champions League.
Full story: Olé (in Spanish)

Returning loanee Landon Donovan insists a two-month reunion with Everton was too good an opportunity to miss.
Full story: The Daily Telegraph

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted he may lose Cheick Tiote in the January transfer window with Chelsea and Arsenal believed to be interested.
Full story: Daily Mail

But Pardew has revealed that Mike Ashley has given him the green light to bring in a new centre-back in the transfer window.
Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Arsenal will watch Germany striker Lukas Podolski, 26, as Arsene Wenger weighs up a £15m January move.
Full story: Daily Mail

Burnley, Derby County and Bristol City are set to fight it out over a loan deal for Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson.
Full story: The Independent

West Ham are locked in a battle with German club Borussia Monchengladbach as they look to sign Barcelona striker Jonathan Soriano, 26.
Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham have beaten Manchester United to the £6.5m signing of AZ Alkmaar's Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm.
Full story: Expressen (in Swedish)

Sam Allardyce has warned West Ham will make a huge mistake if they allow highly rated defender James Tomkins to leave for a Premier League side.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom have agreed an undisclosed fee with Dundee United for midfielder Scott Allan.
Full story: Express & Star


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes the Blues avoid AC Milan in the Champions League draw.
Full story: Evening Standard

Former Italian Prime Minister and AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi says Carlos Tevez can be the best player in the world if he moves to the San Siro.
Full story: The Sun

Uruguay government officials have denied rumours they attempted to intervene in the race row involving Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Full story: The Independent

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has backed £20m winger Stewart Downing to silence his critics ahead of his return to Aston Villa this weekend.
Full story: The Guardian

Michael O'Neill is expected to be interviewed for the vacant Northern Ireland manager's job in the early part of next week after his final game in charge of Shamrock Rovers in the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham.
Full story: The Guardian

Arsenal youngster Francis Coquelin, 20, wants to make his mark at the Emirates Stadium despite interest from French club Lille.
Full story: talkSPORT

Former Fulham manager Jean Tigana is expected to be named as Nicolas Anelka's new boss at Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
Full story: The Sun

Under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean wants to meet the campaigning supporters who want him out of Ewood Park - in return for some breathing space.
Full story: Daily Express

The Football Association fear England may struggle to sell their Euro 2012 ticket quota as concerned fans worry about travelling to Ukrainian host city Donetsk.
Full story: Daily Mail

Dropped Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has denied having a bust-up with Potters boss Tony Pulis.
Full story: Daily Express

QPR are ready to "get in the faces" of Sunday's opponents Manchester United, according to forward Jamie Mackie.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Mario Balotelli's training ground spat with Manchester City team-mate Micah Richards was apparently sparked by a stray pass.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England midfielder Peter Reid has "kissed and made up" with Argentina's Diego Maradona over the "Hand of God" goal which helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup finals.
Full story: Daily Mail

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see also
Thursday's Scottish gossip
15 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Wednesday's gossip column
14 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
12 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Transfers - November 2011
26 Nov 11 |  Football

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