FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Gerrard Kop return dismissed, Toon eye Townsend, Bridcutt’s Leeds move stalls

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LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena says reports linking Steven Gerrard with a playing return to Liverpool are “ridiculous”.

With the MLS off-season arriving soon, some parts of the British press had linked the 35-year-old with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side on a short term move, but Arena said: “I don’t believe it is at all accurate. It’s ridiculous.” (Sky Sports)

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Steve McClaren is interested in a January move for Andros Townsend.

The Newcastle boss is among a number of managers ready to move for the England winger, whose Tottenham future is uncertain. (Mirror)

Newcastle United are weighing up a January bid for Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi, as interest in France international Moussa Sissoko starts to grow following an impressive run of form. (Telegraph)

Liam Bridcutt’s loan move from Sunderland to Leeds United is hanging in the balance, according to the Sunderland Echo.

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The midfielder, who has not made a first-team appearance for the Black Cats this term, trained with Sunderland on Thursday, despite Leeds hoping they would complete a two-month deal this week.

A look at the table has brought Slaven Bilic nothing but pleasure with his West Ham team riding high in the Premier League.

But a more literal table made the Hammers boss rather uncomfortable on Thursday afternoon when he was speaking to the press only for the table to collapse. (Independent)