Today's newspaper gossip: Debuchy wants Arsenal exit, Atletico keen on Costa

Published on: 18 January 2016

Southampton have rejected an £8m offer from Liverpool for their 29-year-old Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long. (Mirror) 

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy says he regrets moving to the club and plans to leave this transfer window. (L'Equipe - in French, subscription required) 

Debuchy says he has already spoken to Aston Villa manager Remi Garde about a potential move to Villa Park. (Mirror) 

Arsenal have appointed the Leicester scout who helped the club sign players such as Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante. (Telegraph) 

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would be prepared to take up an advisory role at the club should Ryan Giggs replace Louis van Gaal as manager at Old Trafford. (Sunday People) 

Atletico Madrid want to bring Chelsea striker Diego Costa back to the club. The 26-year-old Spain international left Atletico for Stamford Bridge for £32m in July 2014. (Fichajes.net - in Spanish) 

Tottenham plan to step up their pursuit of Fulham's 19-year-old striker Moussa Dembele, but Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic is unwilling to sell. (Evening Standard) 

Former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole, 35, has agreed a deal to join MLS club LA Galaxy from Roma.(Mail) 

FC Porto are not planning on selling forward Yacine Brahimi to Crystal Palace. Reports had linked the 25-year-old Algeria forward with the Premier League club. (A Bola - in Portuguese) 

Leicester City have agreed a £5m deal with FC Copenhagen for their 21-year-old defensive midfielder Daniel Amartey. (Leicester Mercury) 

Leeds United's 22-year-old full-back Sam Byram has passed a medical at Goodison Park and will be presented as an Everton player on Monday.(Daily Star) 

Everton's Steven Naismith has agreed to join Norwich in an £8m deal. Selling the 29-year-old Scottish forward will free up funds to bid for Dynamo Kiev's 26-year-old winger Andriy Yarmolenko. (Mirror) 

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Southampton's Italian striker Graziano Pelle, 30, is set to leave the club following the a signing of Charlie Austin, 26, from QPR.(ESPN) 

Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign 26-year-old former AC Milan playmaker Alexandre Pato, currently with Corinthians, and Swansea's 30-year-old French forward Bafetimbi Gomis, 30. (Evening Chronicle) 

Gomis is unlikely to join Newcastle because Swansea do not want to sell to a relegation rival. (South Wales Evening Post) 

Sunderland remain in talks with Lorient over the signing of their 26-year-old defender Lamine Kone. (Sunderland Echo) 

A former Barcelona sporting director says the Spanish club had wanted to sign Sergio Aguero from Manchester City, but had to settle for Luis Suarez instead. (Marca - in Spanish) 

West Ham joint-chairman David Gold has suggested Southampton's signing of striker Charlie Austin for £4m should not be considered a bargain "if his wages are £100,000 per week". (Daily Mail) 

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he did not want to sign Italian forward Mario Balotelli, while the club missed out on targets including Alexis Sanchez and Dele Alli during his time on Anfield.(Telegraph) 

Real Betis want to appoint former Real Madrid and Tottenham manager Juande Ramos as their new manager, after firing former West Brom coach Pepe Mel. (AS - in Spanish) 

Manchester City are ready to bid for West Ham's 17-year-old defensive midfielder Reece Oxford. (Sun) 

Social media

Manchester United's 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield was short on quality but rich on drama as Wayne Rooney scored the winner. Guess who was in the stands celebrating with the away fans? United midfielder Michael Carrick.

Michael Carrick tweet

Carrick was joined by United team-mates Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, who

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">tweeted a video  that captured him celebrating Rooney's winner.

United forward Anthony Martial was on the pitch, but after the game posted this juicy dangler on Instagram:  "Thanks for all your support!! A surprise will come very soon..." ">https://www.instagram.com/p/BApvfxvKZ1S/?taken-by=martial_9">Instagram:  "Thanks for all your support!! A surprise will come very soon..."

Mesut Ozil in his living room

The other Premier League game on Sunday was a 0-0 draw between Stoke and Arsenal - the best performers there were the goalkeepers. But equally impressive is the state of Mesut Ozil's living room - that's where the Gunners midfielder was watching what drama did unfold.

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