Burton Mail: Thursday’s transfer gossip column

Liverpool will battle with Turkish outfit Galatasaray for Anzhi Makhachkala’s striker Lacina Traore in January, according to the Daily Express.The Metro run with the story that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he was reluctant to re-sign Mathieu Flamini after the way the midfielder left the club back in 2008.

Aston Villa remain undaunted in their attempts to sign Kuban Krasnodar’s Bulgaria midfielder Ivelin Popov, and will go again in the next transfer window.

Birmingham City want to sign Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard on loan, while Sevilla supporters have devised a cunning plan to try to make on-loan Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin stay in Spain permanently.

Manchester City are believed to be keen on Udinese forward Piotr Zielinski as Manuel Pellegrini ramps up his scouting ahead of the January transfer window.

Manchester United have written to fans who have expressed concerns over new manager David Moyes and his transfer policy.

Fabio Borini’s agent says the striker made a mistake when he joined Liverpool from Roma last year, in the wake of his joining Sunderland on a season-long loan deal, say the Daily Star.

Jermain Defoe has admitted that his chances of going to next year’s World Cup with England will be hampered if he continues to be denied first-team football at Tottenham Hotspur, where team-mate Andros Townsend, who was named in the Three Lions squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine, has described his loan spell at QPR playing under Harry Redknapp last season as “massive”.

One Direction’s management are putting pressure on 21-year-old Louis Tomlinson to hang up his boots at Doncaster Rovers after discovering their insurance premiums will rocket if he pursues his football career at the club.

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