Football rumours and news: Tuesday, October 23

Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid are among the clubs making today’s headlines.

Tottenham’s 28-year-old centre-back Michael Dawson is a target for Southampton as they look to strengthen a defence that has conceded 24 goals in eight Premier League games this season – Daily Mirror

Tottenham could be close to a move for Brazilian midfielder Willian after the 24-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk player admitted he would like to play for his “friend” Andre Villas-Boas – The Metro

Real Madrid are eyeing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 21, as a long-term replacement for current number one Iker Casillas. There have been suggestions in Spain that Spanish Under-21 international De Gea is homesick – Daily Mail

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has vowed to fight for his place at Upton Park – The Sun