Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
For updated transfer news and gossip throughout the day, read our breaking news service Sportsday Live.
Manchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, a 25-year-old Chile international.
Newcastle are battling Italian clubs Lazio and Napoli for CSKA Moscow's Ivory Coast international striker Seydou Doumbia, 24, who could cost as much as £16m.
Nottingham Forest agreed to pay a third of Jermaine Jenas's £45,000-a-week wages to beat Championship rivals to the one-month loan signing of the former England midfielder, 29, who started his career at the City Ground.
Former QPR midfielder and Hungary international Akos Buzsaky, 30, is training with Portsmouth but is still considering his options, according to his agent.
Arsenal tried to sign Belgium forward Eden Hazard from Lille last summer but withdrew their interest because the likes of Chelsea, whom he joined, and Manchester City were also in pursuit and offering huge wages.
Some black players are threatening not to back the FA endorsed "Kick It Out" campaign as an expression of anger against John Terry's punishment.
England manager Roy Hodgson is planning a shock call-up for 20-year-old Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood, who has been linked with the Blackburn manager's job, being promoted to a director of football role at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has threatened that his players may start diving after failing to get the "rub of the green" from referees.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 25, has demanded talks with manager Andre Villas-Boas after Brad Friedel, 41, started in Wednesday's 3-0 Capital One Cup win over Carlisle.
Barcelona's France defender Eric Abidal, 33, could return to action before the end of the year following a liver transplant in April, according to team-mate Xavi, 32.
Sheffield Wednesday striker Jay Bothroyd, 30, who is on loan from QPR, has apologised for arguing with fans on Twitter after Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Bolton.
The black armband worn by Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney against Newcastle on Wednesday was in memory of childhood friend Stephen Johnson, who died aged 24 having suffered from cystic fibrosis.
Manchester City forward John Guidetti, 20, has dismissed reports in which he claimed he was bullied and spat at by team-mates.
Lazio striker Miroslav Klose successfully asked for his "goal" to be disallowed for handball with the score at 0-0 in his team's 3-0 defeat at Napoli.
Australian side Newcastle Jets have already sold out their first batch of Emile Heskey replica shirts as the hysteria surrounding the striker's transfer shows no sign of slowing down. The A-League side have ordered 5,000 more "Heskey, 9" strips to meet the demand.
Manchester United legend David Beckham has revealed one of his three sons is an Arsenal fan. The former England midfielder says 10-year-old Romeo follows the Gunners, but that Brooklyn, 12, and six-year-old Cruz have stayed loyal to United.