Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Arsenal are set to make a move for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as the Gunners look to prise the 34-year-old from Shanghai Shenhua.
Manchester City are close to an agreement with Fiorentina to bring 22-year-old Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic to the club next summer.
Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says he was denied the funds to sign Jovetic in 2009 by then owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. In a new book, Benitez says the reluctance of the Americans to back him financially that summer resulted in Liverpool's failure to build on their Premier League second-placed finish.
Roy Hodgson's England team stumbled to a draw against Ukraine with a display in front of many empty seats at Wembley that will not fill their dwindling supporters with hope for Brazil 2014.
Before the match the FA showed clips of St George's Park, the new National Football Centre which is finally complete, to offer a glimpse of a future that cannot come quick enough.
Roy Hodgson's faith in older England players is understandable despite the disappointing draw with Ukraine.
Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, 22, is disappointed that he has been left out of Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland squad for their opening World Cup 2014 qualifiers.
The Football Association will start John Terry's racism hearing on 24 September after a delay in appointing the three-man Independent Regulatory Commission.
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. 27, is expected to be fit for QPR's Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
Manchester United have played down Sir Alex Ferguson's meeting with Pep Guardiola in New York despite rumours he met the former Barcelona boss to discuss handing over the reins at Old Trafford to the Spaniard.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 29, is a doubt for their game with Wigan on Saturday after he was taken off at half-time with a suspected thigh injury in Netherlands' 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in Hungary.
Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell, 24, is struggling to earn a new contract with the Black Cats following the arrival of fellow forwards Steven Fletcher, 25, and Louis Saha, 34.
Swansea City are in talks with goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 28, Ashley Williams, 28, and Neil Taylor, 23, over new contracts.
Former Burnley manager Brian Laws has described his sacking from the Turf Moor club as the "most hurtful parting" of his career after accusing the board of not being strong enough during his tenure.
Birmingham City have rejected a £12m takeover bid from former QPR owners Gianni Paladini and Flavio Briatore.
Manchester United chief executive David Gill is looking at trying to shoehorn a Christmas break into the English calendar to bring England in line with the rest of Europe.
Peru fans taunted Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 25, with chants of "Cristiano, Cristiano" - in reference to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo - when the Argentina forward arrived at Lima airport ahead of their World Cup qualifier.