Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Wayne Rooney, 26, fears Manchester United are preparing to offload him for £40m.
England winger Theo Walcott has rejected a new Arsenal contract and could be sold for £15m with Manchester City and Liverpool favourites to sign the 23-year-old.
Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba, 34, and Nicolas Anelka, 33, could be sold by Shanghai Shenhua because of an escalating row among the Chinese club's shareholders.
Turkish club Fenerbache are preparing an £8m bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, 29, and have enquired about his Portuguese team-mate Raul Meireles, 29.
Newcastle will only accept offers for Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini, 30, Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, or French playmaker Yohan Cabaye, 26, if they are too good to turn down.
Tottenham have been warned they may miss out on 22-year-old France international midfielder Yann M'Vila after having a £12m bid rejected earlier this summer.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho from Porto and Russia striker Alan Dzagoev, 22, from CSKA Moscow, but could lose Jermain Defoe, 29, and Rafael van der Vaart, 29.
German club Hamburg hope an offer of around £9m will be enough to tempt Tottenham to sell midfielder Van der Vaart.
Dimitar Berbatov's agent is due in Florence to secure the 31-year-old Bulgarian's switch from Manchester United to Fiorentina.
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is hoping to revive his loan deal for Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 25.
Swansea are to make a £2m bid for Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood, 22.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is considering a move for 30-year-old Southampton striker, and namesake, Rickie Lambert.
SPL side Celtic are eyeing a move for Motherwell winger Chris Humphrey, 24, with Neil Lennon expecting to pay £200,000.
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QPR and West Brom are tracking Argentine Cristian Ansaldi, 25, who is currently on the books of Rubin Kazan.
Paul Lambert is paying £2.75m to take Middlesbrough left-back Joe Bennett, 22, to Aston Villa.
Fulham have made a £6.5m bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 27, who was a target for Newcastle.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Stewart Downing, 28, that the winger may have to convert to left-back to have any future at Anfield.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, 30, has expressed his frustration at new players facing immediate comparisons with departed star Robin van Persie.
A German referee made a splash in a Bundesliga match between Hannover and Schalke when a bottle of his own water exploded on him.