Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Manchester United manager David Moyes is remaining calm over Wayne Rooney's future, despite the 28-year-old England international's contract expiring at the end of next season.
Arsenal are planning a January move for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 26, as the Premier League leaders look to strengthen their ranks.
Chelsea's 18-year-old midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, is wanted by Leeds.
Wigan manager Owen Coyle has been sacked after just six months in charge. The 47-year-old was summoned to meet Wigan chairman Dave Whelan after Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Derby and informed of the news, which will be announced on Monday.
Rene Meulensteen has taken over from Martin Jol as Fulham manager but denied he played a part in his fellow Dutchman's exit from Craven Cottage.
Martin Jol is set to receive an £820,000 pay-off after being sacked by Fulham. The 57-year-old Dutchman was dismissed following his first contact with Cottagers chairman Shahid Khan for two months.
Former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce, 51, is favourite to take over at Sheffield Wednesday after the Championship strugglers sacked Dave Jones.
Former Aston Villa manager John Gregory, 59, is set to be appointed manager of League One Crawley Town.
Former Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, 24, has backed Spurs boss Andre-Villas Boas to pull through a tough period after calling him a "great manager".
Kenneth Omeruo, a 20-year-old Nigeria defender who has yet to make his Chelsea debut, could be one of the young stars of the 2014 World Cup.
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says the 'adaptation period' is over for world record signing Gareth Bale, 24, after the Welshman scored a hat-trick in his team's 4-0 thrashing of Real Valladolid.
Italian side AS Roma are interested in recruiting Paris St-Germain's 24-year-old midfielder Javier Pastore in the January transfer window.
FC Schalke have extended the contract of promising midfielder Max Meyer for three more years. The 18-year-old was being watched by English clubs Chelsea and Arsenal.
Former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu, 34, will leave French club Ajaccio to join Romanian side Petrolul in January after having failed to score a single goal so far this season.
One Direction star Harry Styles posed for a photo with David Beckham at the world premier of The Class of '92, the film that charts the extraordinary rise of six young Manchester United players.