Thursday’s gossip column

The representatives of Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, have held initial discussions with Nice over a loan move, with an official approach expected in the next week. (Sky Sports)external-link

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce retains the support of owner Mike Ashley, despite fans calling for him to be sacked following the midweek defeat by Sheffield United. (Sky Sports)external-link

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s agent is looking for a new Premier League club for the Portuguese, who signed a new deal at Molineux in September.(Sun)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur could cancel Danny Rose’s contract during the January transfer window, with West Bromwich Albion interested in the 30-year-old England left-back. (Talksport)external-link

Arsenal’s former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, has offered to forgo some of the £7m he is due to earn before the end of the season so he can cut his contract short and leave this month. (The Athletic – subscription required)external-link

Meanwhile, the Gunners’ England Under-20s forward Folarin Balogun, 19, has agreed to join Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. (Football Insider)external-link

Liverpool are planning a summer move for Brighton’s English defender Ben White, 23. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester City and Spain defender Eric Garcia, 20, has agreed personal terms with Barcelona, but a transfer is some way from completion. (Goal)external-link

Barca boss Ronald Koeman is confident of signing two Netherlands internationals – Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, and 26-year-old Lyon forward Memphis Depay – for free this summer. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho insists England midfielder Harry Winks, 24, will not be sold or leave the club on loan this month. (Football London)external-link

Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny could leave in the January transfer window, with Burnley interested in the 23-year-old Englishman. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

AC Milan have had talks with the agent of former Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic over a move for the 34-year-old Croat, who is available on a free transfer.(Football Italia)external-link

Celtic and Rangers both want Liverpool’s 23-year-old Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who is on loan at Bundesliga side Union Berlin. (90 Min)external-link

Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere, 29, has impressed Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall and the Englishman could earn a short-term contract with the Championship side. (Mail)external-link

English winger Jack Clarke, 20, is set to finalise a loan move from Tottenham to Championship side Stoke City. (Football London)external-link

Forward Cengiz Under is playing for his Leicester City future, with the club to assess the 23-year-old Turkey international’s impact at the end of the season. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Derby County could be forced to sell the likes of Republic of Ireland midfielder Jason Knight and England Under-19s midfielder Louie Sibley, both 19, to raise money for their delayed wages.(Sun)external-link

Brighton’s 20-year-old English defender Alex Cochrane, who is on loan at Belgian second division side Union St Gilloise, is a target for Sunderland. (The Argus)external-link

Middlesbrough have recalled Stephen Walker from MK Dons and could allow the 20-year-old English striker to join another club on loan before the end of January. (Hartlepool Mail)external-link

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