The football transfer window might be closed but the rumour mill rolls are on and they are as juicy as ever. Here’s the latest gossip and rumours from today’s papers and around the web.
Gossip from today’s Daily Mirror
Adel Taarabt is the shock name on Arsenal’s transfer hit-list for January. The Gunners will move for the QPR star if they cannot prize Wilfried Zaha away from Crystal Palace.
Chelsea are set to close a £5million deal for Brazilian wonderkid Wallace.
Everton are watching St Pat’s star Chris Forrester. He was scouted by Sunderland in recent weeks and now the Toffees have been alerted.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has insisted he will not be selling or loaning Emmanuel Adebayor and says the former Man City star is “one of the greatest strikers in the world”.
Stoke have offered Ryan Shawcross a six-year contract to ward off interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Ali Al-Habsi played down talk of a move to Liverpool, insisting he is happy at Wigan.
Milan have denied they have met Pep Guardiola’s representatives to offer him the coach’s job at the Serie A club next season.
Transfer stories from other papers and websites
Liverpool are aiming to steal Heerenveen’s star attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic from under the noses of long-term suitors Manchester United. (Daily Star)
Roberto Mancini will ask Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to sign Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in January. City pursued the Italy star all last summer. (Daily Mail)
Juventus are ready to battle Newcastle United for the signature of highly-rated Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko. (talkSPORT)
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Reading defender Alex Pearce as a long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher. (Daily Mail)
Didier Drogba has ruled out a return to the Premier League after being nicknamed the ‘Devil Beast’ by Shenhua fans. (The Sun)
Aston Villa will make a January move for Porto defender Abdoulaye Ba after scouts watched him play against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night. (Daily Mail)
Former Southampton star James Beattie is in talks over a player-coach role at Accrington Stanley. Free agent Beattie, 34, could link up with former Blackburn team-mate Leam Richardson. (Daily Mail)