Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Sunderland are poised to sign 29-year-old Scotland forward James McFadden, a free agent since being released by Everton at the end of last season, after he impressed during a trial with the Black Cats.
Martin Jol wants to bring in French-born Senegal midfielder Mickael Tavares to shore up Fulham's midfield. The 29-year-old, who had a loan spell at Middlesbrough, is a free agent.
Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady, 26, has revealed he dreams of ending his career with a return to former club Celtic.
Former Celtic, Manchester United and Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson is the shock new name being considered by Blackburn to replace Steve Kean. Larsson has told Swedish side Landskrona he will not renew his managerial contract when the season ends next month.
Blackburn are set to give caretaker boss Eric Black a chance to press his claims for the vacant manager's position but the club have also drawn up a shortlist of candidates that includes former Rovers players Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood.
Andreas Laudrup, the 21-year-old youngest son of Swansea manager Michael, is set to play on the wing for FC Nordsjaelland against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has expressed his disappointment with boss Paul Lambert for dropping him without offering any explanation. It completed what the England international described as a "crappy couple of weeks" at the club.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has warned Roy Hodgson that striker Andy Carroll is "woefully short" of match practice despite returning to action on Monday night. The England manager watched West Ham's win at QPR ahead of naming his next squad on Thursday.
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England coach Gary Neville has hinted his former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand won't be recalled to the England line-up following John Terry's decision to retire. Neville said: "Rio is a class player but by the World Cup he'll be 35."
Michael Mancienne, 24, should be called up to solve England's defensive crisis, according to Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen.
QPR striker Bobby Zamora, 31, is refusing to give up hope of returning to the England set-up under boss Roy Hodgson.
Former Premier League midfielder Jamie Lawrence says some of the game's black players are threatening to boycott this month's Kick It Out campaign - and could even form their own breakaway players' union.
Stoke City number two Dave Kemp believes referees are starting to take a harder line against divers. He said: "People are now more aware of it and in some cases have had enough of it."
Tihana Nemcic, a former Croatia women's international and part-time model, has taken over as coach of a Croatian men's fifth division side NK Viktorija Vojakovac.
It's a happy birthday to Sir Trevor Brooking, as the former West Ham and England midfielder and current FA director of football development celebrates his 64th birthday.
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Greece international and Fulham midfielder Giorgos Karagounis has been pondering the economic problems of his homeland. He says: "There has been mismanagement but Greece will recover. Everyone and everything is affected by the crisis, football as well."