Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Sir Alex Ferguson has asked the Manchester United board to bring back former winger Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, who is said to be unhappy at Real Madrid.
Meanwhile Ronaldo and Real Madrid are preparing a joint statement to put an end to uncertainty about his future.
Spartak Moscow are ready to test Arsenal's resolve to hang on to forward Theo Walcott, 23, by making a bid for him in the January transfer window.
Manchester United winger Nani, 25, is threatening to run down his contract at Old Trafford and leave the club on a free transfer.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted he will try to sign Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda, 32, in the January transfer window.
Swansea are set to sign Dutch defender Dwight Tiendalli, 26, who was released by FC Twente at the end of last season, for the year as cover for the injured Neil Taylor.
Liverpool will set up a "technical committee" for transfers after failing to add a striker on deadline day.
Reports that Arsenal made a bid for Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia, 25, late in the transfer window were apparently sparked by a hoax offer.
Everton star Marouane Fellaini has told Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that he wants to leave Everton because he's "seen everything" and will "turn to another club."
Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has revealed the union are looking into the combination of boots and studs being worn by players after Wayne Rooney's recent injury. The Manchester United and England striker suffered a deep gash on his thigh in a challenge with Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega.
Rooney has said that the cut was a millimetre away from ending his career.
Arsenal's 19-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will receive a dressing down from England boss Roy Hodgson after slacking off in the second-half of Friday's 5-0 win in Moldova.
Hodgson believes England's Tom Cleverley, 23, can perform the same role as Spain star Cesc Fabregas.
The Premier League is refusing to scrap its pre-match handshakes despite Chelsea's John Terry and Anton Ferdinand of QPR due to meet for the first time this season next weekend.
Peter Crouch, 31, believes his double act with new Stoke signing Michael Owen, 32, could earn both players a recall to the England squad.
Wayne Rooney says he never held a grudge against Cristiano Ronaldo - despite his then Manchester United team-mate seeming to help get him sent off during England's defeat to Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final.
QPR's Spanish newboy Esteban Granero, 25, who joined from Real Madrid last month, claims he will recite poetry to his new team-mates.