Football transfer rumours and gossip (Monday, January 5)

Football transfer talk and gossip.
Football transfer talk and gossip.

Newcastle United, Blyth Spartans, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all make the headlines

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle is a candidate for the vacant manager’s job at Newcastle United - Newcastle Chronicle

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust has written to the Football Association and the Premier League questioning the role and future of club owner Mike Ashley - Daily Telegraph

Crystal Palace are ready to hijack QPR’s bid to sign West Ham forward Mauro Zarate, 27, on loan following the appointment of former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew - Daily Mirror

Birmingham City players have expressed their satisfaction at beating Blyth Spartans 3-2 in the third round of the FA Cup after accusing the Northern Premier League side of being “disrespectful” - Birmingham Evening Mail

Chelsea and Manchester United have been told they will have to pay £20m if they want to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 21 - Daily Express

Liverpool are set to pay Lille £3m to bring striker Divock Origi back to Anfield this month. The 19-year-old Belgium international is currently on a season-long loan at the French club from Brendan Rodgers’s side - Liverpool Echo

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, although the German side want £25m for the 21-year-old - Daily Star

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, 34, has turned down an offer worth £18m to play in Qatar when he leaves the Reds at the end of the season - Sun

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, 26, is set to disappoint Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United by signing a new deal with the Spanish side – Daily Star

Tottenham are prepared to sell goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, for £25m – Sun

Liverpool will make a £23m bid for 21-year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino — once they can sell unwanted Fabio Borini, 23 – Sun

However, new West Brom manager Tony Pulis insists he is under no pressure to sell Berahino, even though by doing so he could double his transfer budget – Daily Telegraph

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, 30, has dismissed reports linking him with a move to Liverpool and has said he is happy at the Championship club – Sheffield Star

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has accused Manchester City of an “error in judgement” after they extended 36-year-old midfielder Frank Lampard’s loan until the end of the season. It meant his move to MLS side New York City will be delayed - Daily Mail

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned the fans who booed him during their FA Cup win over Blackpool that it will not help the team’s performances – Daily Mirror