Monday's gossip column

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Liverpool and Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, 26, after it was made clear he was unwanted at the La Liga side. (Daily Express) (external)

Aston Villa face a battle to keep defender Aly Cissokho, 27, with Spurs and Napoli showing interest in the Frenchman. (Daily Mirror) (external)

Coentrao joined Real Madrid from Benfica for £23.4m in July 2011

Crystal Palace have made a £2.5m bid for Lille left-back Pape Souare, 24, but the French side will not let him go for less than £3m. (Daily Mail) (external)

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has made Wolfsburg's £20m-rated midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 23, one of his top January transfer targets just 11 months after the Belgium international left Chelsea for £18m. (Daily Star) (external)

Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, 21, after his father admitted he will only leave France for the Gunners. (Le Parisien - in French) (external)

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 26, but Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain are also interested.(Daily Express) (external)

Manchester City and Southampton look set to miss out on signing Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30, in January after the Turkish side promised to meet all the Dutchman's contract obligations. (Daily Mirror) (external)

Former Celtic striker, Tony Watt, 20, will quit Standard Liege for Charlton Athletic after being told he has no future at the Belgian outfit just four months after joining the club. (Daily Express) (external)

Newcastle United's contract talks with winger Rolando Aarons, 19, have broken down, alerting suitors Manchester City.(The Sun - subscription required) (external)

Greek champions Olympiakos are chasing Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky. The 34-year-old has made just eight appearances this season. (Independent) (external)


Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 25, has responded to interest from Arsenal by admitting he loves the Gunners and says it is his dream to play in the Champions League. (Daily Star) (external)

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Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insists the Bundesliga side still have faith in under-fire coach Jurgen Klopp despite a defeat at fellow strugglers Werder Bremen on Saturday that left them joint bottom of the table. ( (external)

Manchester United target Mats Hummels has raised major doubts about his Borussia Dortmund future as the 26-year-old midfielder calls the German club "pathetic".(Daily Mirror) (external)

QPR boss Harry Redknapp insists the club will not cash in on striker Charlie Austin, 25, in the January transfer window after a hat-trick against West Brom on Saturday took his tally to 11 for the season.(Daily Telegraph) (external)

Stoke boss and former Chelsea forward Mark Hughes believes the Stamford Bridge side can win the quadruple this season.(Daily Telegraph) (external)

Germany coach Joachim Low has suggested he could leave his post in the near future and return to coaching a club side. (Kicker Magazine - in German) (external)

Paul McShane, 28, Hull City's longest-serving player, could have played his last game for the club after his manager, Steve Bruce, hinted at a falling out with the defender. McShane hasn't featured for the Tigers since their 1-0 defeat at Burnley on 8 November. (Guardian) (external)

Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng believes his side can cope with his January absence, but not forward Wilfried Bony's. Ki will be heading to Australia with South Korea playing in the Asian Cup, while Bony, 26, will be on duty for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.(The Sun - subscription required) (external)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of offering explanations to Petr Cech and Jon Obi Mikel after omitting them from his starting line up to face Stoke City on Monday evening.(The Times - subscription required) (external)


Bristol City loan player Matt Smith (left) with actor Matt Smith (centre) and comedian Jack Whitehall

Fulham defender Matt Smith, 25, currently on loan at Bristol City, tweeted (external) a photograph of himself meeting namesake actor Matt Smith - best known as the 11th incarnation of Doctor Who - and comedian Jack Whitehall.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was impressed by Martin Skrtel's stoppage time header to claim a point for Liverpool against Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday. He tweeted: (external) "Not many better sights than someone attacking the ball and thumping a header into the onion bag!!!"


New Club World Cup champions Real Madrid top Uefa's latest club co-efficient rankings, followed by Barcelona and Bayern Munich, in third. Chelsea are England's highest representatives in fourth, with Arsenal in eighth and Manchester United 10th. Manchester City climb from 22nd to 14th.( (external)

The falling Russian ruble has added £32.6m to the cost of rebuilding Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, which will host the final of the 2018 Fifa World Cup.(Washington Post) (external)

Liverpool's stadium announcer was forced to plead with fans at Anfield to stop using a whistle during their 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.(Daily Mail) (external)