Football: Saturday’s gossip column

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Chelsea have opened talks with QPR forward Loic Remy, 27, after striker Fernando Torres, 30, joined AC Milan. (Telegraph) (external)
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, is weighing up a £7m move to Aston Villa following talks with former Old Trafford captain Roy Keane, who is now assistant manager at Villa Park. (Daily Mirror) (external)
New Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is set to return to former club QPR and bid £2.5m for defender Armand Traore, 24. (Sun – subscription) (external)

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Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of winger Alessio Cerci, 27, after Torino’s president Urbano Cairo revealed the forward would be sold for the right price.(Daily Star) (external)
Manchester United want to sign defender Timothy Fosu Mensah, 16, from Ajax. (Daily Express) (external)
Defender Marcos Rojo’s move to Manchester United is under threat due to work permit and third party issues concerning the 24-year-old. (Sun – subscription required) (external)
West Ham will look to complete a season-long loan for Barcelona’s Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 26. (Daily Mail) (external)
Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, is a loan target for former Magpies star Lee Clark at Championship side Birmingham City. (Newcastle Chronicle) (external)
Leicester are ready to complete an £8m deal for Ipswich striker David McGoldrick, 26, after having already had a £6.5m offer rejected. (Sun – subscription required) (external)
Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk has told Celtic he wants to leave the Scottish champions.(Daily Express) (external)
But chief executive Peter Lawwell insists he will fight to keep the 23-year-old at Celtic Park.(Herald) (external)

Agger joined Liverpool from Brondby in January 2006 for £5.8m
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger wants to return to former club Brondby in Denmark after the summer arrival of Dejan Lovren from Southampton pushed the 29-year-old down the Anfield pecking order. (Daily Express) (external)
The Uefa Champions League seeding system is set for a revamp with the holders and league winners from the top seven nations getting top billing. (Daily Mail) (external)
Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins, 57, has questioned Manchester United’s decision to pay £59.7m for midfielder Angel Di Maria, 26.(Talksport) (external)
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes midfielder Lee Cattermole, 26, is good enough to get in the England team. (Guardian) (external)
Poyet claims that 24-year-old midfielder Jack Colback’s call-up to the England squad is 98% down to former club Sunderland and only 2% down to his new club, Newcastle. (Daily Mirror) (external)

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told defenders Micah Richards, 26 and Matija Nastasic, 31, midfielder Scott Sinclair, 25, and striker John Guidetti, 23, they can all leave the club before Monday’s transfer deadline. (Sun – subscription required) (external)
But City have not received a ‘big offer’ for striker Alvaro Negredo, 29, despite Pellegrini admitting there has been some interest from Spain in his “fourth-choice” striker. (Manchester Evening News) (external)
Midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, believes Arsenal are ready to win the Premier League and tells how he won over the doubters after World Cup glory with Germany. (Telegraph) (external)
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, 29, enjoyed the victory over Besiktas on Wednesday and was especially pleased with the support he received from fans. He tweeted (external) this picture with the words: “Wednesday was my first game at the Emirates this season – thanks all Gooners for making it feel like coming home!”

Per Mertesacker was happy with a German flag during Arsenal’s win over Besiktas
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 23, was delighted with his call-up to the Spain squad. He tweeted: (external) “Very proud of the @SeFutbol call!! Thanks everyone for the support!! For the victory tomorrow!”
Joey Barton, 31, led tributes to fellow QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, 28, after a third cruciate injury ruled the Argentine out for at least six months. He tweeted: (external) “Devastated for Ale. Know how hard he has worked to get back from his injury. Words fail to capture my feelings for him right now. We are all with him and have the utmost confidence that a man with his strength of personality and character will get through this.”
West Ham’s sports scientists have complained that the club’s strikers have been doing too much shooting under new attacking coach Teddy Sheringham.(Daily Mirror) (external)
New Swansea defender Federico Fernandez, 25, has revealed that the Rotherham shirt he swapped after making his debut for the South Wales club will go alongside the World Cup final shirt he kept as an unused substitute for Argentina in the summer.(Daily Express) (external)
Brazilian Willian, 26, believes fellow Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 23, has the worst dress sense at the club, saying: “He wears red trainers with a yellow shirt. He doesn’t care.”(London Evening Standard) (external)

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