Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was in Spain to watch £45m-rated Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26, just hours after striker Mario Balotelli's latest strop.
Arsenal are emerging as serious contenders for the signature of Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha. Former assistant manager Pat Rice, who still works for the club, watched the 19-year-old score twice in Palace's 4-3 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has warned Theo Walcott that the club will not break its wage structure to pay him what he wants.
Liverpool have earmarked Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, 20, as a long-term replacement for 32-year-old Steven Gerrard, as manager Brendan Rodgers looks for youthful additions to form the nucleus of his team.
Juventus are interested in Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski, 24, scorer of 30 goals for Borussia Dortmund last season as the German club won the league and cup double.
Ashley Cole's "moment of madness" on Twitter could cost him nearly £300,000 in fines from Chelsea and the Football Association.
QPR will decide this week whether to replace Mark Hughes with Harry Redknapp following their disappointing start to the season.
Frank Lampard is being chased by Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan, with both teams willing to pay the Chelsea midfielder wages of £250,000-a-week after tax.
Birmingham want to send former Manchester United forward Ravel Morrison, 19, back to West Ham just three months into a 12-month loan deal because of his attitude.
England captain Steven Gerrard should be converted into a ball-playing centre-half, according to Chris Waddle. The former England winger told ESPN that England should follow the lead of Germany, who successfully shifted Lothar Matthaus, Matthias Sammer and Franz Beckenbauer in the latter years of their playing careers.
Newcastle are facing a fans' revolt over the decision to appoint payday loan company Wonga as the club's new shirt sponsor. Labour MP and season-ticket holder Ian Lavery described the proposed £5m deal as "an outrage".
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has told manager Andre Villas-Boas that he needs to be playing every week after finally making his Premier League debut for the club in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane have emerged as the favourites to succeed Owen Coyle as Bolton manager if the Scot is given his marching orders. A decision on Coyle's future could be made today following talks with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside.
Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews says the players are fully behind Coyle and committed to turning fortunes around at the Reebok Stadium.
Birmingham City are on the brink of being sold, with executive director Peter Pannu in Hong Kong talking to interested parties.
Southampton record signing Gaston Ramirez could be out of action for up to six weeks after requiring hospital treatment for a leg injury.
Kris Commons will be given his first call-up to the Scotland squad in over a year if Robert Snodgrass is ruled out of Friday's match against Wales.
Manchester United winger Ashley Young, who is recovering from a knee injury, surprised his team's fans as the 27-year-old decided to watch United's 3-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday from the upper tier of the away stand at St James' Park.