Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made discreet enquiries about Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, who has scored seven goals for Swansea since joining on loan from Hoffenheim in January.
The Magpies have also handed a 10-day trial to 19-year-old Melbourne Heart centre-back Curtis Good.
Manchester City are chasing Le Havre's French midfielder Jules Ntcham, 16, who has been compared to Marcel Desailly. Inter Milan, Juventus and Arsenal are also interested.
City are also planning a £20m swoop to bring Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge back to the club. The 22-year-old left the Etihad-outfit three-years ago.
Manchester United are considering a move for FC Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo. The 22-year-old Costa Rica international would provide cover for Patrice Evra.
West Brom want £3m for striker Simon Cox, 24, who is wanted by both Ipswich and Cardiff.
Lazio playmaker Hernanes, 26, is set to snub interest from big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and join Arsenal in the summer.
Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has told Lille's Belgian forward Eden Hazard, 21, to choose Arsenal over Tottenham.
Aston Villa target Bas Dost has been in talks with German side Wolfsburg. The 22-year-old Heerenveen striker is currently the top scorer in the Netherlands.
Cesc Fabregas has increased the pressure ahead of Barcelona's meeting with Chelsea by accusing Roberto di Matteo's side of playing "long ball football".
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish faces a fight to hold onto his job as owner Randy Lerner plans a summer shake-up. The American wants to appoint a director of football, and is considering naming a new manager to work underneath him.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 20, will accept the advice of Arsene Wenger and turn down the chance to play in the Olympics in order to be fit for the start of the new season.
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has hit back at claims from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that he wasted time during the Latics' 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.
Arsenal will find out today if Mikel Arteta, 30, will play again this season. The midfielder will have a scan this morning on the ankle injury he picked up in Monday night's 1-0 defeat by Wigan Athletic.
Blackburn defender Gael Givet, 30, has angrily denied Steve Kean's claims that he refused to play in the 3-0 defeat at Swansea.
Hayes midfielder Harry Agombar has been handed a trial by Partizan Belgrade. The 19-year-old, who plays in Ryman League Division One North, will spend a week in Serbia with Partizan, managed by ex-West Ham boss Avram Grant.