Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Manchester City are preparing a bid to sign former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, from Real Madrid for £95m.
Manchester United are lining up a move for 23-year-old Brazil and Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, who Tottenham missed out on signing this summer.
Arsenal sent scouts to watch Manchester United target Liam Moore in action for Leicester last weekend. The versatile 19-year-old, who is comfortable at centre-back, right-back or in midfield, has impressed in the Championship this season.
Liverpool do not intend to sign former player Michael Owen despite the current dearth of strikers at the club, and the 32-year-old is instead expected to sign a two-year, £1.5m-per-season contract with Stoke.
West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, 31, has admitted he thought about leaving The Hawthorns in the summer.
West Ham want to sign former Sunderland centre-back John Mensah, 29, on a free transfer following French side Lyon's decision not to renew his contract.
Manchester City centre-back Kolo Toure could be on his way to Turkish side Galatasaray with the two clubs in talks over a deal for the 31-year-old.
Fernando Torres, 28, has promised Chelsea "a magic season" now he is the club's first choice striker following the exit of Didier Drogba.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said midfielder Jack Wilshere, 20, should be fit to start games again "in a month" after being injured for more than a year.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, 27, says he is worried by the side's lack of goals after the Reds netted just twice in their opening three league games.
Lukas Podolski, 27, believes Arsenal can be title challengers if they continue in the same style as they showed in the win at Liverpool on Sunday.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has a dilemma over who his number one keeper is after giving 28-year-old Anders Lindegaard the nod over David De Gea, 21, for the win at Southampton.
Zenit St Petersburg's new striker Hulk, 26, didn't demonstrate much spirit of fair play in his final appearance for Porto on Saturday. He refused to play the ball back to the opposition after an injury, and instead opted to run through their unsuspecting defence and try his luck at goal.