Friday's gossip column

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool have made a bid to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, and will loan the England Under-21 striker back to the Clarets for the remainder of the season. (Daily Express) (external)

Burnley striker Danny Ings will be out of contract at Turf Moor at the end of the season

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini says he is interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 31. (Sky Sports) (external)

Valencia striker Pablo Alcacer, 21, says he was happy to sign a contract extension to stay in Spain despite interest from Liverpool. (Talksport) (external)

Tottenham are still hoping to land Everton winger Kevin Mirallas, 27, before the transfer window shuts on Monday and are offering fellow winger Aaron Lennon, 27, in exchange. (Daily Mirror) (external)

Manchester United and Chelsea have been alerted to the fact that Paul Pogba's agent claims the 21-year-old midfielder's long-term future does not lie at Juventus. (Daily Star) (external)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is close to signing Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, and will sell attacking midfielder Andre Schurrle, 24, to Wolfsburg to finance it. (Daily Mail) (external)

Mario Balotelli and Brendan Rodgers compare hats on the Daily Mirror's back page

Mourinho is also ready to make a £21m bid to sign Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, 25, from West Ham. (Sun - subscription required) (external)

Turkish club Trabzonspor are favourites to sign Real Madrid's Germany international midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, who has interested a number of Premier League clubs.(Daily Star) (external)

Tottenham are ready to offer captain and centre-back Younes Kaboul, 29, to Stuttgart in part exchange for 18-year-old forward Timo Werner. (Daily Mirror) (external)

Out-of-favour midfielder Anderson, 26, could be on his way out of Manchester United with a move to Brazilian side Internacional under discussion. (Daily Telegraph) (external)

Stoke City will allow defender Robert Huth, 30, to join Leicester on loan for the rest of the season. (Stoke Sentinel) (external)

West Brom have been offered the chance to sign former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, 35, on loan from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka. (Express and Star, Wolverhampton) (external)

OTHER GOSSIP

The Daily Star's back page focuses on the cancellation of Jose Mourinho's press conference

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pulled out of Friday's weekly press conference on the advice of club officials. (Independent) (external)

Mourinho should stop "mithering" match officials, according to former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes. (Independent) (external)

Former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates says that midfielder Frank Lampard - who will return to Stamford Bridge with Manchester City on Saturday - is the best value signing the Londoners have ever made. (Sun - subscription required) (external)

Lampard's father, also called Frank, says the former Chelsea midfielder, 36, will not celebrate a goal at Stamford Bridge if he scores for Manchester City on Saturday. (Daily Mail) (external)

West Ham and Newcastle have shared the cost of a private plane to fly Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, 25, and striker Papiss Cisse, 29, back from the Africa Cup of Nations in time for this weekend's Premier League fixtures. (Guardian) (external)

Newcastle manager John Carver says that the Senegal Football Association "have not been very helpful" in tracking down Cisse following the country's Cup of Nations exit on Wednesday. (Newcastle Chronicle) (external)

The BBC's retention of Premier League TV rights makes the Daily Mail back page

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan will have a one-to-one education session tailored to his specific offences as part of his rehabilitation after being found guilty of making racist and anti-semitic comments. (Guardian) (external)

Having beaten Barcelona earlier this month, Real Sociedad manager David Moyes now has his sights set on Real Madrid. (Daily Mail) (external)

Manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Liverpool will get over their League Cup semi-final disappointment with the help of fit-again striker Daniel Sturridge, 25. (Liverpool Echo) (external)

Mario Balotelli's agent says the Italy striker, 24, is a changed man at Liverpool but is not looking for a move. (Daily Mirror) (external)

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 26, has backed Argentina international defensive colleague Marcos Rojo, 24, to lead the club into the Champions League. (Daily Mirror) (external)

Left-back Leighton Baines, 30, will be restored to Everton penalty duties this weekend after forward Kevin Mirallas' controversial miss against West Brom. (Daily Telegraph) (external)

But Baines will be allowed to pass on those duties to a team-mate if he wants to. (Times - subscription required) (external)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Stoke's former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery

Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa tweeted a picture (external) of himself and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea raising the spirits of injured Stoke forward Bojan Krkic.

Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray, 31, tweeted his joy (external) at signing a new 12-month contract at Selhurst Park: "Delighted to extend my deal at this fantastic club!"

AND FINALLY...

The players from Guinea and Mali may have found a better way than drawing lots to decide which country would advance into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations - playing cards (external) while they were waiting for the matter to be decided. Guinea won the actual lottery.

Mali and Guinea players await their fate in the Africa Cup of Nations

Manchester City midfielder Fernando, 27, admits that one of the biggest surprises to him about the English game is that "players here are always running". (Manchester Evening News) (external)

Chelsea midfielder Willian is hoping for a 'Thriller' against Manchester City on Saturday - after revealing that he has seen Michael Jackson's musical live more than 10 times. (Sun - subscription required) (external)