Monday's gossip column

16 February 2015
Last updated at
07:53

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool are hoping to complete the signing of Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 24, his team-mate and fellow midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 26, and Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao, 19, for a combined fee of more than £75m.

(Daily Express) 

Former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, 29, hopes West Ham will revive their interest in signing him in the summer, after Fifa blocked a move in January.

(Daily Mirror) 

Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, has flown to Spain to open talks with Real Sociedad over a proposed summer move.

(Daily Mail) 

And the Spanish side, managed by David Moyes, are set to quadruple Ings’s current wages and pay him £60,000 a week.

(Daily Star) 

Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, 30, in the summer.

(Spanish radio station Cadena Cope) 

The Spanish club are also hoping to take Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, 26, back to La Liga.

(The Sun – Subscription required)  

Arsenal could make a bid for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala after the Italian club said they are ready to sell the 21-year-old Argentine at the end of the season.

(fichajes.net – in Spanish) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz, 27, was offered a new contract by Jose Mourinho but decided to join Paris St-Germain in the summer because his “cycle had finished” at the Stamford Bridge club.

(Daily Mail) 

Luiz, who will face his former club at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League first knockout stage, was so determined to play in the 2012 Champions League final that he pleaded with Chelsea’s medical staff to pretend he was fit even if he failed a pre-match fitness test.

(Daily Telegraph) 

England manager Roy Hodgson wants to see former Manchester United defender Gary Neville replace him when he leaves his role.

(Daily Star) 

Everton defender Phil Jagielka, 32, says the Toffees, five points clear of the relegation zone, would have swapped their healthy progress in the Europa League for a decent run in the Premier League.

(Liverpool Echo) 

Arsene Wenger says France striker Olivier Giroud, 28, who scored both goals in the Gunners 2-0 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough, is a transformed player.

(Daily Telegraph) 

Paris St-Germain defender Thiago Silva, 30, says Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 26, does not scare them ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League meeting.

(Daily Mirror) 

West Brom striker Brown Ideye, 26, has thanked his “mentor” and fellow Nigerian Kanu after the two-goal FA Cup hero against West Ham on Saturday revealed the former Arsenal star has been in touch offering him support.

(Daily Mail) 

The first online order for a Preston shirt after beating Sheffield United in an FA Cup fourth round replay was from Los Angeles requesting “Beckham and “4” be printed on the back. The League One club, who host Manchester United in the sixth round on Monday, was where former Manchester United star David Beckham had a loan spell in 1995.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits he could “pay the price” after being on the end of a fans’ backlash following a 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Bradford City on Sunday.

(Sun – subscription required) 

Blackburn FA Cup hero Josh King was still in shock after his hat-trick against Stoke on Saturday that the 23-year-old striker almost forgot to take home the match ball.

(Sun – subscription required) 

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has been criticised by Liverpool supporters after making a comment on Twitter about their celebrations following the FA Cup win.

(Daily Mail) 

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was gracious in victory by wishing Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka best wishes after the Gunners had beaten the Teesiders 2-0 in the FA Cup. “Good luck for the rest of the season,”

he tweeted. 

Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique was singing the praises of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi after the Argentina forward’s performance in the win against Levante. “Three goals and one assist…this guy is from a different planet,”

he said on Twitter. 

AND FINALLY…

At 14 he was dubbed ‘the new Pele’ now at 25 Freddy Adu is a nightclub promoter in America after struggling to find a new club.

(Metro) 

And Gunners winger Theo Walcott has suffered a blow with training drills proving that defender Hector Bellerin, 19, is now the fastest player at the club.

(Daily Express) 

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