Thursday's gossip column
Chelsea are ready to make a move for Fulham's £10m-rated striker Moussa Dembele with the 24-year-old set to join his Belgian team-mate Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are also planning contract talks with defender Ryan Bertrand, 22, who impressed in the Champions League, even though he only signed a four-year deal last summer.
Newcastle striker Demba Ba's £7m release clause can be activated from Thursday for just two months with Chelsea and Tottenham keen to sign the 27-year-old.
Sir Alex Ferguson is set to renew his interest in Spurs star Luka Modric in the hope of tempting the 26-year-old to Manchester United.
West Ham have targeted Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale as a replacement for Robert Green. The 26-year-old, who is in England's Euro 2012 squad, has been unable to dislodge Cottagers number one Mark Schwarzer.
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin after the 24-year-old revealed he is ready to leave France.
Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart looks to be heading out of White Hart Lane after Schalke launched a £10m-plus move for the Netherlands international.
QPR are ready to launch an ambitious bid to bring former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba, 28, back to the Premier League.
Tottenham and Newcastle have joined the race to sign Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.
French side Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a huge 150m euros bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Chelsea are closing in on a £40m deal for Porto forward Hulk, 25, with talks set to continue later this week.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are monitoring Ukrainian Yevhen Konoplyanka, 22, the Dnipro playmaker.
Swansea City's potential loan move for Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos could scupper their bid to bring Spurs defender Steven Caulker back to the Liberty Stadium next season.
Newcastle are reported to have made a bid of between £500k and £1m for Coventry's Gael Bigirimana, 18.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is ready to snap up Wigan's Senegalese midfield star Mohamed Diame, 24.
Former Watford and England manager Graham Taylor is stepping down as the club's non-executive chairman, but will stay on as life president.
The FA has sold only 3,000 tickets for each of England's Euro 2012 group games.
Swansea are poised to move for Brighton's Gus Poyet to replace Liverpool-bound Brendan Rodgers.
Manchester City are not looking to reinforce their attacking options this summer, according to manager Roberto Mancini.
Fawaz al-Hasawi, chairman of Kuwaiti football club Qadisa, is closing in on the takeover of a Championship club, understood to be Nottingham Forest.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed he prayed during his side's Premier League decider against QPR and earlier this year made a pilgrimage to a religious site in Bosnia-Herzegovina where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to believers.
Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has dropped Adem Ljajic after the striker failed to sing the national anthem before Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Spain.