Monday’s news and transfer rumour gossip.
Manchester United’s hopes of signing Mats Hummels, 25, have been dented with the Borussia Dortmund defender saying he would prefer a move to Arsenal – (Daily Express)
Liverpool are desperate to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Fulham’s 17-year-old winger Patrick Roberts, who has made 14 first-team appearances – (Daily Mirror)
In addition, Liverpool and Chelsea look set to battle it out for CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia, 26, in January – (Metro)
Everton striker Arouna Kone, 30, is wanted by Levante, the Spanish club he left to join Wigan in August 2012 – (Daily Mirror)
Crystal Palace are weighing up a £5m bid for Celtic midfielder and captain Scott Brown, 29, in the January transfer window – (The Scotsman)