Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew travelled to the Netherlands over the weekend to watch in-demand Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen. The Belgium international, 24, has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is planning a swoop for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, who is set to move on if the Molineux club are relegated. The Scotland striker cost £7m from Burnley in 2010.
Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 25, has been targeted by QPR boss Mark Hughes in a £4m summer move - should the Hoops stay up and the Midlands club are relegated.
The agent of Manchester United defender Fabio da Silva has confirmed the Brazilian is set to move to Portuguese side Benfica on loan.
Swansea's on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says he would "love" to stay at the Liberty Stadium next season - but repeated his future is not in his own hands. The Iceland international has scored seven goals since arriving from German side Hoffenheim in January.
Inter Milan want to sign Arsenal target Yann M'Vila as they prepare to lure Laurent Blanc into becoming their new manager this summer. The Rennes midfielder, 21, is expected to play a key role for Blanc's France side at Euro 2012, but Arsenal remain favourites to sign M'Vila, whom they tried to buy last summer.
Colombian striker Jackson Martinez claims he is attracting interest from both Liverpool and Porto. The 25-year-old, who has scored 17 goals in 31 league appearances this season, plays for Mexican side Jaguares but has been tipped to make a move to Europe this summer.
Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller is expected to leave the club on a free transfer this summer after growing frustrated at his lack of first-team action. Wigan, plus Championship sides Cardiff and Ipswich, are all interested.
Reading are eyeing a £2m move for Sunderland's former England international Kieran Richardson.
Roberto di Matteo has been interviewed by Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo about the possibility of becoming the Blues' next permanent manager.
Chelsea have suffered a blow ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona with confirmation that defender David Luiz will miss the match with a hamstring strain.
Barcelona defender Dani Alves says fear - not referee - stopped Chelsea earning a place in the 2009 Champions League final. The Blues felt Tom Henning Ovrebo denied them several penalties before Andres Iniesta's late goal sent Barca through.
Tottenham plan to move for Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers if the Football Association makes an approach to Harry Redknapp to become England manager.
Spurs midfielder Scott Parker says the club will have "failed" if they don't make fourth in the Premier League - after they were beaten in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Blackburn will hold talks with defender Gael Givet this week to determine if he can play for the club again. Givet was withdrawn from Saturday's game at Swansea after being named in the starting line-up, with sources close to the player insisting it was because of a row with manager Steve Kean at the team hotel.
Bolton legend Gudni Bergsson has told the current squad not to panic as they enter the closing weeks of the season hoping to avoid relegation.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll says he laughs off suggestions he is a hard-drinking wild man, insisting he has swapped night outs for sitting in watching movies with his girlfriend.