Friday's Football Gossip

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Arsenal is keen in Bayern Munich's 24-year-old Netherlands defenderMatthijs de Ligt, while any contract is expected to take place this
summer. (Athletic -subscription)

England striker Ivan Toney is Arsenal's major January option but the Gunners could fall short in their offer to sign the 27-year-old because of Brentford's current run of poor form. (Sun)

Roy Hodgson's positionas Crystal Palace manager is doubtful as they are in view of a move forSteve Cooper, who was dismissed by Nottingham Forest this month. (Telegraph -subscription)

Hodgson, 76, is conscious his job may end when Crystal Palace face Brentford on Saturday. (Guardian)

Brazil forward RobertoFirmino, 32, could depart Al-Ahli after only six months, with fellow Saudi Pro Leaguesides Al-Shabab, Al-Ettifaq and Al-Fateh, Sheffield United and teams from Turkey keen. (Talksport)

Guinea striker Serhou Guirassy, 27, is prepared to depart Stuttgart in January and AC Milan, Manchester United and Tottenham are attracted. (Gazzettadello Sport - in Italian)

Liverpool is ready to send defender Nat Phillips,26, on loan once more in January after his spell with Celtic finished. (LiverpoolEcho)

Crystal Palace is interestedon Sunderland's 21-year-old French midfielder Pierre Ekwah and ParisSt-Germain's 21-year-old Frenchstriker Hugo Ekitike. (Standard)

NottinghamForest is in higher discussionswith Monaco overa bid for 28-year-old Portugal winger Gelson Martins. (L'Equipe -in French)

An exchange contractinvolving Juventus' Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic, 23, and Chelsea's 30-year-old Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, whois on loan at Roma, could take placein 2024. (Tuttosport -in Italian)

Borussia Dortmund are in view of an offer for Manchester United's 19-year-old English winger Dan Gore. (FootballInsider) 

Chelsea has accepted a contract to sign Senegal Under-17 midfielder Pape Daouda Diong from Senegalese club AF Darou Salam when he turns 18 in June. (Fabrizio Romano)

Juventus will make the most important the signing of Tottenham's 28-year-old Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg inJanuary. (Calciomercato- in Italian)

Manchester City will allow England midfielder Kalvin Phillips join Newcastle on loan, with the 28-year-old set to reject a moveto Juventus. (Talksport)

Tottenham want to recruit a centre-back by mid-January,with Nice's France defender Jean-Clair Todibo, 23, peak of their shortlist. (Teamtalk)

Manager Ange Postecoglou is confident Spurs can do untimely business in the January transfer window after injuries to major players. (Times -subscription required)

The pressure is growing on Steven Gerrard at Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq, with the ex Aston Villa manager's side withouta win since October. (Mail)

WestHam are ready to sell27-year-old Morocco defender Nayef Aguerd in January, with several Saudi Arabian clubs attracted. (FootballInsider)

Eintracht Frankfurt needs to recruit Wolves' Austria striker Sasa Kalajdzic, 26, on loan awaiting the end of the season. (Bild - inGerman)

Ex France midfielderYann M'Vila is free to a return to Sunderland. The 33-year-old is a free agent after departing Olympiakos at the end of last season. (SunderlandEcho)

Sevilla, Lyon and Freiburg are attracted in signing Manchester United's 20-year-old Hannibal Mejbri on loan inJanuary. (Fabrizio Romano)

West Ham defender Thilo Kehrer, 27, is an option for Roma, who want to recruit a centre-back in January. (Corrieredello Sport - in Italian)

Manchester City are concluding a deal for River Plate's 17-year-old Argentine midfielder Claudio Echeverri. (SkySports)

Echeverri is ready to use some time at Manchester City's sister club Girona before being incorporated into Pep Guardiola'ssquad. (MundoDeportivo - in Spanish)
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