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The pick of today's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football transfer rumours, news and gossip for 11 October, 2011. All the latest transfer rumours surrounding Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Roma, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be covered here.

Mega-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala have added Ashley Cole to their transfer wish-list, as the Dagestan-based outfit step up their pursuit of a side that would have looked rather good in 2007.

After signing Roberto Carlos, Samuel Eto'o and Yury Zhirkov in the summer, Anzhi - backed by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov - have been linked with Robin van Persie, Nicolas Anelka, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in recent weeks.

Now, the club have their sights set on Chelsea defender Cole, whose current contract expires at the end of next season.

"If Real, Barca or Manchester United cannot pay the transfer fee, we will pay it," said player/coach Carlos. "Suleyman [Kerimov] can offer what he wants."

But Anzhi may face stiff competition from Barcelona, who are also keen on the 30-year-old left-back, according to the Mirror.

Cole was also linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer but it appears Los Blancos are keen on a new striker instead, namely Manchester United pea-shooter Javier Hernandez.

The Sun reckon the 23-year-old Mexican is top of Madrid's "wanted list", with manager Jose Mourinho set to table a "shock" £30m bid for the striker next summer. However, Sir Alex Ferguson is reluctant to lose Hernandez, who has scored two goals in six games this season, and is prepared to triple the striker's current wages from £25,000 to £75,000 in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford.

The rest of this morning's transfer news is pretty light, even for October, so rattling through these: Chelsea are set to renew their interest in Uruguayan hardman Diego Godin ; Arsenal have been given the "green light" to sign Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff; and Liverpool will step up their pursuit of Man City winger Adam Johnson in January.