Tuesday's gossip column


Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is the number one transfer target for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are set to spark a £60m bidding war for the 22-year-old. (Daily Star) 
Chelsea are ready to make a £50m double swoop for Valencia striker David Villa and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.(Daily Star) 
The Blues have been urged by skipper John Terry to spend big in the January transfer window while their transfer ban is suspended. Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell, AC Milan playmaker Andrea Pirlo and Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero are on the wish list. (Daily Mirror) 
Tottenham are lining up a £6m bid for Manchester United and England goalkeeper Ben Foster.(The Sun) 
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has launched a £5m bid for Middlesbrough centre-back David Wheater.(The Sun) 
Liverpool will resist any attempt by Barcelona to prise midfielder Javier Mascherano away during the January transfer window but may accept a £30m package in the summer. Barca may offer midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Bojan Krkic in part exchange. (Daily Express) 
Toure, however, has said that Manchester United and Chelsea are his preferred destinations if he is to leave the Nou Camp. (The Independent)
Reds boss Rafael Benitez is lining up a £15m double raid on West Ham for centre-back Matthew Upson and left-back Herita Ilunga. (Daily Star) 
Manchester United winger Nani is a loan target for Italian side Fiorentina, who would be tempted to pay £15m to make the deal permanent in the summer. (Daily Mail) 
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is planning a January raid in Huddersfield for goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who is valued at £3m. (The Sun) 
Tottenham have taken 16-year-old Valarenga striker Havard Nielsen on loan. The teenager has represented Norway at under-16 level and scored in their recent win against Italy.(The Sun) 
Bolton are lining up a £250,000 move for Hungary striker Laszlo Lencse, who plays for MTK. (The Sun) 
Newcastle and Middlesbrough are chasing Celtic defender Gary Caldwell, who is out of contract in the summer. (Daily Star)
Portsmouth midfielder Matt Ritchie wants to stay at Notts County when his loan deal expires next month. (Daily Star) 
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is trying to set up a cut-price deal for Espanyol striker Raul Tamudo. (Daily Mirror)
Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney plans to leave Cardiff in the January transfer window. (Daily Star) 
Sheffield United have joined Coventry and QPR in the hunt for Sheffield Wednesday centre-back Richard Wood. (Daily Mirror)
Notts County director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson has bid £700,000 to sign Coventry centre-back Elliot Ward. (The Sun) 


Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has threatened to quit if the club sells Spain striker Fernando Torres against his will. (The Times) 
Portsmouth keeper David James has told England boss Fabio Capello he will be fit for next year's World Cup but says he does need a rest to protect his troublesome knee.(The Sun) 
Former Northern Ireland international Gerry Taggart, 39, is a shock contender to take over at League Two strugglers Grimsby. (Daily Star)


Arsenal's injured striker Robin van Persie has flown to Serbia to have treatment which involves rubbing horse placenta into his damaged ankle. (The Sun)