Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli considered bringing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 28, back to Anfield in this summer's transfer window, but was then himself sacked in April.
Manchester United plan to rival Chelsea and Manchester City for the signature of Portugal striker Nelson Oliveira. The 21-year-old has scored two goals in four La Liga games since his loan move to Deportivo la Coruna from Benfica.
Sunderland left-back Danny Rose, 22, hopes to turn his season-long loan move from Tottenham Hotspur into a permanent deal.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has decided against signing ex-Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre, 35, and ex-Portsmouth right-back Anthony Vanden Borre, 24, who are free agents and available on free transfers.
Meanwhile, Allardyce says striker Carlton Cole, 28, has a future at the club despite the arrival of Andy Carroll on loan from Liverpool.
Former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, a free agent after leaving Bolton at the end of last season, is on the verge of joining Championship strugglers Charlton on a a free transfer.
Former Everton winger Royston Drenthe, 25, is poised to end his two-and-a-half month search for a new club by joining Greek side PAOK Salonika.
Motherwell boss Stuart McCall fears he will lose an entire team for nothing at the end of the season, when many of his players will be out of contract.
Championship sides Leeds United and Leicester City want to take Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, 27, on loan.
Defender Jan Vertonghen, 25, has revealed he rejected a move to Arsenal to sign for Tottenham during the summer - despite the advice from Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp.
The Football Association hopes Dan Ashworth, the new director of elite development, could be in place at St George's Park before next summer. The 41-year-old is currently on a rolling 12-month contract at West Bromwich Albion which expires in June, but the FA is in discussions to see if they can end that agreement earlier.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott's contract situation could increasingly affect whether he selects the winger in his starting team. The 23-year-old's deal expires at the end of the season and he has already turned down a £75,000-a-week extension.
The lack of striking options for Liverpool has seen manager Brendan Rodgers call untried summer signing Samed Yesil, 18, into his Europa League squad to face Young Boys on Thursday despite previously saying it would be "one or two years" before he was ready to play for the first team.
Manchester United are expected to report a drop in their annual revenue and profits on Tuesday as a result of the club's failure to progress to the knock-out stages of the Champions League last season.
Meanwhile, Red Devils goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, 28, believes the Old Trafford side "got too careless" when they exited that competition at the group stage in 2011-12.
Paul Ince, Mark Robins, Phil Brown and Richard Money all remain in contention for the vacant Coventry City manager's job.
Captain John Terry, 31, looks set to be fit for the first game of Chelsea's Champions League defence on Wednesday against Serie A winners Juventus after he came through a training session on Monday.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is ready to act as peacemaker in 25-year-old Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher's feud with Scotland manager Craig Levein.
Manager Paul Lambert admits he stripped striker Darren Bent of the Aston Villa captaincy to help him find his goal touch.
Prince William represented England in typical fashion during his trip to the Solomon Islands after he missed a series of penalty kicks against a 13-year-old goalkeeper.
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola, who signed 12 players from Udinese and Granada this summer, plans to dish out fines if his foreign players fail to learn English.