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Gossip Columned – Episode 21

Have you heard today’s gossip

The days of January are coming to an end, but there is still time for transfer deals to get over the line and with that in mind here is what is making the back pages this morning:

Arsenal want to sign Chelsea and former England centre-half Gary Cahill, 33, to help ease their defensive injury problems. (Mirror)

Everton’s 29-year-old midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who was the subject of a failed £21.5m bid from Paris St-Germain, wants to leave the Goodison Park club. (Mail)

Chelsea want to sign Croatia and Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 30, in the summer. (Sport, via Express)

Manchester City are interested in signing Leicester and England defender Ben Chilwell, 22, this summer. (ESPN)

Liverpool and Senegal winger Sadio Mane, 26, says the Reds are his “only concern” amid speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. (World Soccer)

Newcastle United have yet to sign anyone in January and manager Rafael Benitez has offered no guarantees he will stay at the club. (Times – subscription required)

But Benitez, whose Magpies contract expires at the end of the season, says it would be “very difficult” for him to leave Newcastle after the January transfer window closes on Thursday. (Sun)

Manchester United were interested in Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic under former boss Jose Mourinho but are not set to compete with Arsenal for the 29-year-old Croatia international now the Portuguese has left the club. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United have offered Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 30, a 12-month contract extension in a bid to stop him leaving on a free transfer. (Mirror)

Tottenham are planning a £30m summer move for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, with the 22-year-old also being monitored by PSG. (ESPN)

Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara has been suspended by the club and linked with a move away from the Cottagers. However, manager Claudio Ranieri says he would welcome the 23-year-old back into his squad after the London side’s investigation into the Frenchman. (Mail)

Leicester have turned down a bid from Aston Villa to take Austria left-back Christian Fuchs, 32, on loan until the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City have agreed to sell Wales winger Rabbi Matondo, 18 for an £11.29m fee to German club Schalke.(Telegraph)

Burnley are considering moves for Birmingham’s English striker Che Adams, 22, and Tottenham and Netherlands forward Vincent Janssen, 24. (Mail)

Ligue 1 side Lille are in talks with Swansea to sign their captain and Netherlands midfielder Leroy Fer, 29. (Sky Sports)

The Swans’ Fer is also a target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce. (Mail)

Wolves will pay £18m – equalling their club record – to buy Spanish defender Jonny Castro Otto, 24, who is currently on loan at the club from Atletico Madrid. (Express & Star)

Southampton striker Charlie Austin, 29, will be allowed to leave the club if an offer is made. (Daily Echo)

West Ham are in talks with Celta Vigo over a double deal for Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez, 22, and 24-year-old Slovakia midfielder Stanislav Lobotka. (Teamtalk)

Reading’s Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori, 25, is nearing a return to former club Sporting. (O Jogo – in Portuguese)

Leeds will make a £6m offer for 21-year-old Swansea and Wales winger Daniel James in a deal which will also include incentives worth a further £4m. (Sun)

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins is weighing up a move for English defender and free agent Liam Ridgewell after inviting the 34-year-old to train with the club. (Hull Daily Mail)

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