Wednesday's Gossip column - transfers and rumours
Sunderland have taken 19-year-old Enoch Balotelli, brother of Manchester City striker Mario, on trial.
Chelsea are set to sign Racing Genk winger Kevin de Bruyne, 20, for £8.5m after talks in London between the two clubs.
Blackburn are asking for at least £3.5m for Argentine playmaker Mauro Formica - with Olympiakos's attempts to get the 23-year-old on the cheap set for failure.
United States international defender Tim Ream, 24, should be a Bolton player by the end of the week.
Aston Villa may release 34-year-old striker Emile Heskey on a free in the summer.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott's 19-year-old cousin Jacob, currently with Reading, could be set for a move to Holland if he impresses in a trial game for Utrecht.
Liverpool have reportedly made an offer for £15m-rated Udinese and Chile international midfielder Mauricio Isla, 23.
The Reds are also believed to have opened talks with FC Groningen over 20-year-old striker David Texeira, as manager Kenny Dalglish steps up his transfer activity in the closing stages of the window.
Esteban Granero is "100%" committed to Real Madrid and will not be joining Liverpool this month, according to the 24-year-old's management team.
Wolves' 23-year-old winger Adam Hammill has emerged as a shock transfer target for Wigan.
Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, 26, has confirmed he wants to leave the Premier League strugglers and is considering his options.
Watford boss Sean Dyche has blasted Newcastle for offering "pocket money" for skipper Adrian Mariappa, 25. The Hornets boss reckons his son has "got as much in his money box to buy him".
Galatasaray have failed in their bid to land Manchester United target Xherdan Shaqiri - the 20-year-old winger plays for FC Basel.
Norwich are telling clubs their 30-year-old striker Grant Holt is not for sale at any price.
David Beckham's LA Galaxy are talking to Championship side Leeds United over a move for defender Alex Bruce - son of Beckham's former Manchester United team-mate Steve.
Defender Danny Collins's exit from Stoke may not be signed and sealed after all, with manager Tony Pulis stating that the 31-year-old could remain in his plans.
Manchester City are believed to be locked in a transfer tussle with Serie A giants Juventus for 16-year-old Willem II striker Jeroen Lumu, who became the club's youngest-ever scorer earlier this season.
Anton Ferdinand has told friends he will not shake hands with John Terry ahead of QPR's FA Cup tie against Chelsea on Saturday.
West Ham are reconsidering their plans to move to the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 - and will not submit a formal bid until they get greater clarity from the Olympic Park Legacy Company about what is being asked of potential bidders.
Spanish giants Real Madrid have targeted under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to replace Jose Mourinho, who may leave the Bernabeu in the summer.
England manager Fabio Capello is set to play his Euro 2012 wild-card - by taking Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, to Poland and Ukraine in the summer.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that "something like 10" of the club's players have been contacted about their possible participation at this summer's Olympic Games.
New Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson, 23, admits leaving Leeds, the club he loves, was the hardest decision of his life.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy says he will continue to get the support he needs from the club's chief executive Steve Morgan to bring in new signings - if the right men become available.
Despite going out of the Carling Cup at the hands of Cardiff on Tuesday night, Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman looks set to be offered a new deal at Selhurst Park.
Outgoing German Football Association president Theo Zwanziger has reportedly said it is time for gay footballers to come out. The 66-year-old has called on gay players "to have the courage to declare themselves," although he conceded it was certainly difficult to acknowledge one's homosexuality within a team.
Aleksandr Geynrikh was dealt a double dose of embarrassment during Uzbekistan Under-23's friendly loss against Zenit St Petersburg - firstly by bungling a penalty routine, then firing his second attempt over the bar.
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler admits he still owns the infamous white suit worn by Reds players before the 1996 FA Cup final. The Anfield club are aiming to seal their first trip to Wembley since that day when they face Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday night.