Today's newspaper gossip: Lukaku texts Drogba; Man United prepare mammoth offer for Neymar

Published on: 09 December 2015
Today's newspaper gossip: Lukaku texts Drogba; Man United prepare mammoth offer for Neymar
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Former Fifa referee Graham Poll says Manchester United's disallowed goal in their Champions League defeat by Wolfsburg would have stood last season. (Daily Mail) 

United captain Chris Smalling, 26, was blanked during the pre-match handshake in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. (Metro) 

The Red Devils are preparing a £144m offer for Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar, 23, next month. (Daily Telegraph) 

Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, says he has received an approach from Liverpool but wants to delay a decision until the end of the Serbian Super League season. (Guardian) 

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The Daily Mail describe Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as a "loser"

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is lining up a club-record £15m bid for Marseille's 22-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. (Sun) 

Besiktas are trying to sign Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, 27, from Arsenal.(Daily Star) 

Legendary Brazilian forward Ronaldinho says he was 48 hours from joining Manchester United in 2003.(Daily Express) 

West Ham will refuse to go on a January spending spree even after 22-year-old Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini was ruled out for six weeks with a thigh problem, adding to a lengthy injury list.(Daily Mirror) 

Chelsea target Jonathan Calleri, 22, could be set to leave Boca Juniors after the Argentine striker wrote "thanks for everything and goodbye" on his Twitter feed on Tuesday night. (Metro) 

Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, telephones or texts former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba regularly and receives tips from the Ivorian. (Sun) 

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says it was "unacceptable" that the Reds' 24-year-old forward Roberto Firmino pulled out of a challenge during Sunday's loss at Newcastle. (Liverpool Echo) 

Tottenham are leading the race to sign Walsall's 18-year-old left-back Rico Henry. (Daily Express) 

West Brom's 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino, who wanted to leave the Baggies in August, has 'liked' a series of tweets criticising his club. (Daily Telegraph) 

Best of social media

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has been getting in the festive spirit

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was thrilled by his side's 4-2 Champions League win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, which meant they topped their group. The Argentine

https://twitter.com/aguerosergiokun/status/674343972890935296

— (@aguerosergiokun)

">tweeted "vamos" and added: "As I always say: fight 'til the end. C'mon, City."

Everton and Spain winger Gerard Deulofeu, a Christmas tree, his natty slippers and a cute dog are

https://twitter.com/gerardeulofeu/status/674301327028183040

— (@gerardeulofeu)

">"all ready for Christmas". 

Chelsea's on-loan striker Radamel Falcao says he is "very happy" to be back in training and the Colombian is sure he will come "back strong". He last played in the 3-1 defeat by Liverpool on 31 October. ">https://www.instagram.com/p/_CbB4wJ-6H/">says he is "very happy" to be back in training and the Colombian is sure he will come "back strong". He last played in the 3-1 defeat by Liverpool on 31 October.

And finally

Two Croydon councillors have apologised after they were caught watching coverage of Crystal Palace's draw with Everton on Monday during a debate about the future of a local theatre. (Croydon Guardian) 

Singer Kanye West has helped design a concept football boot called the 'Yeezy Ace'. (Metro) 

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