Friday's gossip column: Ozil, Reina, Lamela, Capoue, Nzonzi
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Tottenham are hoping to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Mario Balotelli, 23, by offering misfiring striker Erik Lamela, 21, as part of a £40m deal.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, will not return to Anfield when his loan spell with Serie A side Napoli ends at the end of the season.
French midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 25, wants to leave Stoke City as he is unhappy with his lack of playing time at the Britannia Stadium.
Manchester United defender Michael Keane, 21, is a target for Championship side Blackburn as a replacement for injured skipper Grant Hanley, 22.
Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic, 23, formerly of Manchester City, is a candidate to replace Nemanja Vidic, 32, when he leaves Manchester United at the end of the season.
Inter Milan are hoping to do a deal with Tottenham for French midfielder Etienne Capoue, 25, who has failed to hold down a place since joining from Toulouse.
Manager Alan Pardew expects a substantial transfer kitty in the summer after Newcastle posted a £9m profit.
AC Milan's former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, is ready to snub Liverpool and stay in Italy.
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 25, is wanted by a host of top European clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus all interested.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, is feeling the pressure at Emirates Stadium, but has backed the Germany midfielder to return to top form.
Former Watford and Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd, 42, will be appointed the new England Under-20 coach later today.
Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is one of five candidates that Barcelona are considering to replace Tata Martino next season.
Arsenal's on-loan striker Joel Campbell, 21, who scored for Olympiakos against Manchester United in midweek, has a big future with the Gunners, says manager Arsene Wenger.
Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, 25, believes the Toffees can finish fourth in the Premier League and qualify for next season's Champions League.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet ranks Capital One Cup success ahead of Premier League survival.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, wants the Premier League to help English teams in Europe by moving those clubs' weekend fixtures.
Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes Brendan Rodgers's side can win the Premier League title this season.
Javier Aguirre's future as Espanyol manager may depend on the club qualifying for the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid are preparing to offer Brazil-born striker Diego Costa, 25, a big pay rise to fend off reported interested from Premier League clubs including Arsenal.
Barcelona are close to completing a deal to sign Croatian playmaker Alen Halilovic, 17, from Dinamo Zagreb.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has kept the belt he was beaten with by the school teacher he claims inspired him to greatness.
Manchester City team-mates Samir Nasri, 26, and Sergio Aguero, 25, warmed up for Sunday's Capital One Cup final by attending a Beyonce concert.
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