LIVERPOOL TO BUY, & IT MIGHT BE WALCOTT
Interesting and pretty definite line in The Daily Mirror, who report that Liverpool's owners have promised Brendan Rodgers money to spend in January - £10million, specifically. No word on whether that includes wages & signing-on fees - Brendan's been bitten by that one before.
Anyway, the paper claims that Rodgers wants to spend at least some of that £10million on Theo Walcott, with the Arsenal man still to sign a new contract with the Gooners.
The Mirror claims: 'The Reds boss is monitoring Walcott's continued contract impasse with the Gunners, and will move for the England international in January if he does not commit to a future at the Emirates.
'Walcott's Arsenal deal expires next June and Rodgers hopes to buy him for a knock-down price when the winter transfer window opens.'
On the subject of Walcott's contract, Wenger said: "There is urgency in sorting out the new deal - how much I don't know. But there is urgency. We want to sort it out before Christmas, one way or the other.
"I wouldn't like to sell him in January if he doesn't sign a new deal. I've not even thought about that, because at the moment I think we will still manage to make a deal with him.
If you're at all interested in The Gossip Column's opinion, we reckon it could be a smashing move for Theo - he'll be more of a 'main man' at Liverpool, will probably be more likely to play up top, he's a Liverpool fan. It could just work.
A CLEAR-OUT AT ANFIELD?
In order to pay for some of that clear-out, it seems Brendan is looking to clear some of the expensive nonsense from his squad.
The Daily Telegraph rather hopefully and speculatively reports that Rodgers would 'offload all of his costly fringe players in January if he thought there was an interest and he could replace them.'
This includes Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Jose Enrique and of course Joe Cole.
Whether anyone is dumb enough to take the latter on is highly doubtful, but there might be a few willing to have the other three. Possibly.