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Gossip: Transfer and rumour - 9 January, 2014

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31, is on the brink of a £6m move to Toronto FC - a Major League Soccer record - and is likely to be loaned back to Spurs until March.
Full story: Daily Telegraph 
 
Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe could be MLS-bound 

The Canadian club have stoked interest in the potential signing by releasing a YouTube video claiming they have secured "a bloody big deal".
Full story: Toronto FC 
 
There is also belief that Defoe will be part of a $100m swoop by Toronto which will see American midfielder Michael Bradley, 26, join the club from Roma.
Full story: Toronto Star 
 
Manchester United are ready to bid £20m for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, 27, despite the Italian wanting to remain in Turin.
Full story: Daily Express 
 
Juventus will look to sign Tottenham winger Erik Lamela, 21, in the summer, although Spurs' expectation of recouping most of the £30m paid for the Argentine has deterred Inter Milan.
Full story: Daily Mail 
 
Tottenham will also consider a cash-plus-player deal for Lamela, with Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic, 30, potentially part of the deal.
Alvaro Morata
Loaning Alvaro Morata could cost Arsenal £1.7m
Full story: Daily Mirror 
 
Arsenal and Liverpool are targeting Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate, 24, with his agent declaring he has been in talks with both Premier League sides.
Full story: Daily Star 
 
Arsenal will have to pay a loan fee of £1.7m for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 21, although they would also spend big if the right target became available. Mario Mandzukic, Diego Costa, Jackson Martinez, Edin Dzeko and Wayne Rooney are among the club's preferred options.
Full story: Daily Mail 
 
Swansea City are confident they will beat Cardiff and Crystal Palace to the signature of Blackpool forward Tom Ince, 21, who is available for £4m.
Full story: The Guardian 

OTHER GOSSIP

David Moyes faces a fight to convince several senior Manchester United players of his credentials following three consecutive defeats for the first time in 13 years.
Full story: The Guardian 
 
Former Valencia and Atletico Madrid manager Quique Sanchez Flores is the new favourite to become West Bromwich Albion manager after Thomas Schaaf and Dave Jones were ruled out of the running to take over at the Hawthorns.
Full story: Birmingham Mail 
 
Nicklas Bendtner has given Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger a boost after recovering from his ankle injury quicker than expected. The Denmark striker, 25, could return to training within a few days.
Full story: Metro 
 
Fulham have not made an enquiry or official offer for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31. The England international has also been linked with West Ham and Turkish club Besiktas.
Full story: Sky Sports 
 
Lille club president Michel Seydoux has warned off Premier League interest for Ivorian attacker Salomon Kalou, 28, by saying an 87m euro bid for him would "maybe" be considered.
Full story: Daily Star 
 
Barcelona forward Antonio Sanabria, 17, who had attracted interest from Arsenal, has revealed he is set to join Roma.
Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk is happy at Celtic Park
Full story: Sky Sports 
 
Celtic's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, 22, admits he is flattered in reported interest from Arsenal and Manchester City, but insists he is happy at the Scottish champions.
Full story: Daily Express 
 
New Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut is keen to keep Mame Biram Diouf, 26, despite interest from Stoke and Cardiff in the Senegalese striker.
Full story: Goal.com 
 
Montpellier forward Remy Cabella, 23, admits he would be happy to move to the Premier League this month, with Newcastle thought to be leading the race for the Frenchman.
Full story: Sky Sports 

AND FINALLY

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been named Germany's national player of the year following a fans' poll conducted by the German Football Federation.
Full story: The Indepedent 
 
Showbiz couple Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright were part of the pre-match entertainment at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against West Ham. It was Coronation Street star Keegan who was smiling as her City side beat Wright's West Ham 6-0.
Full story: Manchester Evening News 

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