Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Liverpool are set to allow teenage winger Raheem Sterling, 18, to leave Anfield on loan in January so he can get regular first-team football. Sporting Lisbon's Spanish international Diego Capel, 25, is being linked with a move to the club as his replacement.
Arsenal are eyeing a January swoop for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 25, to ease their worries over the workload of Olivier Giroud, 27.
Arsene Wenger's side are also battling Monaco and Napoli in the chase for Marseille's 23-year-old defender Nicolas N'Koulou.
Chelsea have been alerted to the availability of Eliaquim Mangala after Porto admitted they are ready to consider offers for the 22-year-old defender.
Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby believes German stars Julian Draxler, 20, and Marco Reus, 24, could soon join the ranks of their countrymen in the Premier League.
Manchester United are weighing up a £35m January move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 26.
Meanwhile, David Moyes' side and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head to sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Mati, 25.
Napoli are believed to be lining up a New Year move for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 24.
Sam Allardyce has refused to rule out a West Ham return for current Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have been put on alert with Edinson Cavani, 26, unhappy at Paris St-Germain and considering whether he needs to move to get out from under Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shadow.
Talks on a new deal for Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, 28, will have to wait until the end of the season, insists manager Paul Lambert.
Cardiff City have denied that Bolton Wanderers have made a loan move for striker Rudy Gestede, 25, who has made only three substitute appearances this season.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects England captain Steven Gerrard, 33, to bring the curtain down on his international career after next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
Sunderland winger Sebastian Larsson, 28, believes his side should not fear taking on title chasers Manchester City on Sunday.
Former England midfielder David Beckham is set to seal his deal for a Florida-based MLS team in Miami next week.
World snooker number one and Chelsea fan Neil Robertson, 31, was invited to the Blues' Cobham training ground on Thursday and went head-to-head with John Terry, 32, in a game of pool.
Borussia Dortmund are ready to spend big on a new 'pigeon defence system' because of problems with bird droppings at their stadium.