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Northern Ireland Football gossip: Pedro, Smalling, Haaland, Arteta, Vieira, Ibrahimovic


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Northern Ireland Football gossip: Pedro, Smalling, Haaland, Arteta, Vieira, Ibrahimovic

Arsenal are leading Everton and Leicester in the chase to sign Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling, 30, once his season-long loan at Roma ends. (Mirror)Aston Villa are interested in signing Pedro in January, with the Spain winger, 32, out of favour at Chelsea. (Telegraph)Juventus have offered Erling Braut Haaland 3m euros (£2.5m) a…

Northern Ireland Football gossip: Pedro, Smalling, Haaland, Arteta, Vieira, Ibrahimovic

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Arsenal are leading Everton and Leicester in the chase to sign Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling, 30, once his season-long loan at Roma ends. (Mirror)

Aston Villa are interested in signing Pedro in January, with the Spain winger, 32, out of favour at Chelsea. (Telegraph)

Juventus have offered Erling Braut Haaland 3m euros (£2.5m) a year in salary after finding out the 19-year-old Red Bull Salzburg and Norway striker has a release clause of 30m euros (£25.3m). (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

Former boss David Moyes and Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira lead Everton’s list of possible replacements for Marco Silva, while Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim is also of interest. (Mirror)

Moyes and Chris Hughton are being considered for the manager’s job at West Ham if Manuel Pellegrini is sacked. (Express)

Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta is now top of Arsenal’s list to replace Unai Emery after Brendan Rodgers committed himself to Leicester and former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira did the same at Nice. (Express)

But Vieira says he is not unmoved by the situation at Emirates Stadium. (Canal+, via Mail)

And the former France midfielder has told friends he is interested in taking the Arsenal job. (Star)

Former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac also wants to take over at Arsenal and will attend their Premier League match against West Ham on Monday. (Goal)

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who currently plays for Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan, could be set for a Premier League return. The 32-year-old Belgium international is a target for Tottenham. (DH Net – in French)

Despite being linked with AC Milan, Bologna and Napoli, former Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, may not return to Serie A after leaving LA Galaxy, says his agent Mino Raiola. (La Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

AC Milan director of football Frederic Massara says his club are waiting for Ibrahimovic to decide his next move. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

The owners of Paris St-Germain are close to securing a stake in Leeds that could lead to a £120m takeover if the club reach the Premier League. (Star)

West Ham have contacted Middlesbrough about a potential move to re-sign Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph, 32. (90min)

Inter Milan are interested in signing Chelsea and Spain left-back Marcos Alonso, 28, in January. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

After starting his third game in a row, Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, says Barcelona is the perfect place for him, despite being linked with Juventus and Inter Milan. (Goal)

Arsenal will not cut short Eddie Nketiah’s season-long loan at Leeds even though the 20-year-old English striker has not started a Championship game since moving to Elland Road. (Sun)

Australia captain Mark Milligan – who plays for Southend – has announced his international retirement. The 34-year-old midfielder won 80 caps for the Socceroos. (ABC)

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