Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lines up moves for Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines and Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after signing Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa for an initial £12m.
However, Italian club Napoli are also showing interesting in Baines, 27, who is valued at around £20m.
Sunderland are hoping Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert's interest in Norwich frontman Grant Holt will help allow striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, 25, to leave Villa Park for the Stadium of Light.
Alan Pardew has lined up another Senegalese striker, Copenhagen's 27-year-old Dame N'Doye, if Demba Ba quits Newcastle this summer.
Brazil-born FC Twente star Douglas, 24, has indicated that Newcastle are on his trail - but claimed a "bigger" club are also after his services.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants to sign Wolves winger Michael Kightly, 26.
QPR and Sunderland are keen on 26-year-old former Everton and Portsmouth midfielder Manuel Fernandes, who is now a free agent.
Midfielder Joe Cole, 30, will be heading back to Liverpool after his loan spell in France, according to Lille coach Rudi Garcia.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis admits 28-year-old Robin van Persie's contract saga could drag on all summer.
Team-mate Andre Santos has cast further doubt on Van Persie's future by suggesting the club captain's mind has been affected by the interest of other clubs.
Danny Murphy, 35, is set to sign a new deal at Fulham despite being on the Premier League's 'free transfer' list last week.
Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, says he does not expect to stay at Swansea next season following his loan spell and admits he is considering following Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva, 26, has told Real Madrid he is not interested in moving clubs as he is happy with life at Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has urged chairman Daniel Levy to hurry up and offer him a new contract if they rate him as a manager.
Redknapp has become the latest figure to question Rio Ferdinand's absence from Euro 2012, claiming there is "obviously more to" Roy Hodgson's decision than the footballing reasons he has repeatedly cited.
Hodgson's problems as England fly out to Poland for Euro 2012 have intensified after it emerged that Kick It Out, English football's leading anti-racism organisation, is considering putting together a robust response condemning his handling of the Ferdinand affair.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis thinks striker Peter Crouch will return leaner and meaner next season following his omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.
Norwich hope to name Chris Hughton as their new manager - and plan an official approach to Birmingham in the next 48 hours.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed the club are moving closer to naming their new manager amid suggestions he has spoken to Ian Holloway over the job.
Michael Laudrup and Dennis Bergkamp have also emerged as contenders for the Swans vacancy.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton is attempting to put his latest brush with the law behind him with a golfing holiday to Portugal.
Mario Balotelli will have both his family names on his Italy shirt at Euro 2012. Uefa's official tournament list shows that the 21-year-old forward has registered 'Barwuah Balotelli' as his shirt name.