Football: Wednesday’s gossip column

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Edinson Cavani could be a replacement for injured Oliver Giroud
Arsenal are ready to make a £50m bid for PSG striker Edinson Cavani, 27, as Olivier Giroud, 27, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. (Daily Express) (external)
The Gunners want Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, 23, to replace injured Giroud, but United are reluctant to sell.(Daily Mail) (external)
Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is weighing up a £20m move for Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, 24.(Daily Star) (external)
Real Madrid are to spend the majority of the money they received for Angel Di Maria on 28-year-old Monaco striker Radamel Falcao. (Le Sport 10 – in French) (external)
AC Milan have confirmed they are looking to sign Chelsea duo striker Fernando Torres, 30, and midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21.(Daily Express) (external)
The Italian club are fed up waiting for Torres to make a decision and have handed him an ultimatum as they prepare to switch their attention to Tottenham striker Robert Soldado, 29.(Inside Futbol) (external)
Manchester United are in talks to sign Daley Blind, 24, with former Old Trafford keeper Edwin van der Sar currently at the club’s training facility in Carrington to thrash-out a deal for the Ajax star.(Daily Star) (external)
Tottenham are poised to complete the signing of Sevilla central defender Federico Fazio, 27, after paying his £8m buy-out clause.(Daily Mail) (external)

The Sun back page
New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria, 26, has claimed he did not want to leave Real Madrid but was left no choice by the La Liga club’s board. (ESPN) (external)
Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne is out of hospital after his latest health scare but facing bleak future after blowing a £14m fortune.(Daily Mirror) (external)
Former Fulham defender John Arne Riise has launched an attack on Felix Magath, claiming the Fulham manager has flushed the club’s philosophy down the toilet. (Sun – subscription only) (external)
Former England midfielder Peter Reid took to Twitter (external) to send praise to Manchester City’s on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, who has announced his international retirement. “Some goal scoring record Frank Lampard from the middle of the park,” he wrote. “Brilliant.”
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, 29, has left fans wondering if he might be leaving after posting a cryptic Instagram (external) message “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them!#StayFocus #NoExcuses #FightForYourGoals #BeStrong #Champs #Victory #Glory #Poldi #aha”
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko joins in the trolling of Manchester United after their 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons with the Twitter (external) message: “Hahahaha.”
West Ham’s 15-year-old defender Reece Oxford, who was named as a substitute in the Hammers’ Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield United on Tuesday night, is already attracting interest from Manchester United.(Daily Mail) (external)

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