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Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Manchester United are poised to sign Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan for £29.3m next summer.
Full story: The Independent

Alternatively, Gaitan could be signed in January by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in a £25m deal.
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United are also weighing up an £18m bid for Real Madrid's out-of-favour German midfielder Sami Khedira.
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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has identified Napoli's Edinson Cavani, Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze and Porto's Joao Moutinho as his three priority transfer targets.
Full story: The Times (subscription required)

David Beckham's management team have dismissed reports in the French media that the former England captain is in Paris to complete a move to Paris St Germain.
Full story: Talksport

Didier Drogba could choose to join Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua after Marseille's bid to sign the Ivory Coast striker failed.
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Ederzito has emerged as a summer transfer target for Arsenal. The Guinea-born striker currently plays for Portuguese side Academica.
Full story: Metro

Fulham manager Martin Jol is lining up a £4m bid for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard to replace want-away Bobby Zamora.
Full story: The Sun

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is ready to make a move for Barnsley's young skipper Jacob Butterfield, who is valued at about £2m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR are ready to outbid Sunderland for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic after watching the Croatian in action during the 2-1 win over Inverness ­Caledonian Thistle.
Full story: Daily Mirror


Alan Shearer has emerged as the front-runner to replace Steve Kean as Blackburn manager, with the club's owners weighing up whether to give Kean one last chance in the game against Bolton on Tuesday night.
Full story: Daily Mail

Kean will learn his fate when he meets the club's owners on Wednesday, but they are already considering replacements including Avram Grant and former boss Graeme Souness.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has admitted the club's disastrous Premier League form is "killing him" on the inside.
Full story: Daily Telegraph


Bayern Munich's Daniel van Buyten struck a free-kick so hard that the ball burst during a Bundesliga match against FC Cologne.
Full story: Metro

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see also
Monday's Scottish gossip
19 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Sunday's gossip column
18 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Saturday's gossip column
17 Dec 11 |  Gossip
Saturday's Scottish gossip
17 Dec 11 |  Scotland
Transfers - November 2011
26 Nov 11 |  Football

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