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Thursday's transfer gossip column

By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: September 19, 2013

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THE Daily Express add fuel to the rumours that Juan Mata is out of favour at Chelsea by linking the Spanish playmaker with a move to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who they say will make another attempt to sign the 25-year-old in January - but will face competition from Italian clubs Juventus and Napoli.

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy admits he was flattered to be targeted by Chelsea in the summer, while the Daily Star say Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Sunderland are all interested in signing Burnley striker Danny Ings.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering fielding striker Luis Suarez at Manchester United in the League Cup after his ban ends next week, while Old Trafford forward Wayne Rooney admits he had to swallow his pride and deliver for David Moyes after being denied a move to Chelsea.

And United remain convinced that the relationship between Moyes and Rooney can resolve the outstanding grievances the player has with the club and open the door to talks about a contract extension.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has warned that his players' careers could be wrecked because of a fixture pile-up, as his side face three games in six days, starting in the Europa League to.

Fulham want to make ex-Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen their assistant manager.

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