Christmas Gossip: Defoe, Zaha, Coutinho, Promes, Lampard – BBC Sport

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New Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce wants to sign Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe to help the Eagles to survive in the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

However, Sunderland manager David Moyes says a “priceless” Defoe, 34, is not for sale. (Sunderland Echo)

But Allardyce will have a fight to keep hold of winger Wilfried Zaha with Spurs ready to make another move for the 24-year-old. (Daily Star)

West Ham are being targeted by energy drinks giant Red Bull for a £200m takeover. (Sun)

French side Paris St-Germain are preparing a £40m January bid for Liverpool’s star Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, 24. (Daily Express)

But the Reds are set to step up their bid to sign Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes, 24. (Daily Mirror)

The Football Association has received more than 150 applications for the post of England Under 21 manager. (Daily Mail)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants up to five new faces in the January window, including Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, but admits he will struggle to bring anyone in if they are also targets for other Premier League rivals. (Sun)

Chelsea have missed out on a key defensive target, as Bayern Munich have reportedly agreed an undisclosed fee for 22-year-old Germany centre-half Niklas Sule with his current club Hoffenheim. (Bild, via the Sun)

Former England midfielder Frank Lampard would “love” a return to Chelsea. The 38-year-old is now a free agent as his New York City contract expires at the end of 2016. (Sky Sports)

Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini is set to leave Napoli, according to the club’s president. Everton and Stoke have been linked with the 25-year-old. (Radio Kiss Kiss, via FourFourTwo)

Barcelona have agreed a 30m euro (£25.5m) deal for Valencia and Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo, 22. (Sport.es)

Former England goalkeeper Ben Foster, 35, is targeting silverware at West Bromwich Albion, after signing a new contract at the club. (Express and Star)

New Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola has hinted that he may make a move for Nottingham Forest’s 26-year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury. (Nottingham Post)

Best of social media

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic released a video on Instragram showing the Sweden international doing some sit-ups in the snow… dressed only in his underpants.

And finally

Watching Liverpool play Arsenal prior to the Olympic 400m final in Rio helped put South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk in the right frame of mind to win gold and smash Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record. (Liverpool club website)

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