Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Manchester United are interested in re-signing centre-back Ryan Shawcross, but will face competition from Chelsea and Tottenham. The 25-year-old began his career at Old Trafford before making the permanent switch to Stoke in 2008.
Juventus hope to beat Arsenal to the signature of Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente by offering the 27-year-old a deal which would make him the highest paid player at the Serie A leaders.
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 24, is an £8m summer transfer target for Italian Serie A side Fiorentina.
Liverpool hope to take advantage of the breakdown in contract negotiations between Birmingham City and 18-year-old winger Nathan Redmond. The England youth international has a year-and-a-half left on his current deal and has grown frustrated with the Championship side's failure to offer him terms.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers expects to be able to reinforce his attacking options in the January transfer window after being left with just one recognised striker, in Luis Suarez, at the club for the next three months.
Everton manager David Moyes is yet to decide whether to offer a permanent deal to midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, 30, who has impressed on trial. Moyes is also yet to make a decision on whether to extend 18-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley's loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton wants to sign 26-year-old Stoke striker Cameron Jerome.
Centre-back Michael Dawson, 28, believes he still has a future at Tottenham despite the fact manager Andre Villas-Boas tried to sell him in the summer.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has seven centre-backs on his shortlist ahead of the January transfer window. First choice pair Steven Taylor, 26, and Fabricio Coloccini, 30, have both suffered injuries this season.
Andrija Milutinovic, the Serbia coach who allegedly headbutted England Under-21 goalkeeping coach Martin Thomas during their Euro 2013 qualifier in Krusevac, is facing a life ban from football.
Stuart Pearce and Roy Hodgson will go head-to-head next summer for Jack Wilshere, 20, and 19-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. England Under-21 manager Pearce wants the duo to play in the Euro U21 2013 finals while England boss Hodgson has a mini-tour of South America in June with games against Uruguay and Brazil.
Defender John Terry, 31, has been told he will be sold by Chelsea if he is ever found guilty of racial abuse again. The former England skipper was given the news at a board meeting following his decision not to appeal against the Football Association's four-match ban for using racist language.
Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 33, and his 27-year-old brother Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers have told friends they will refuse to wear Kick It Out T-shirts, believing that the organisation has failed to force the FA to step up its punishment for racist acts.
Liverpool could be without goalkeeper Pepe Reina for Saturday's game against Reading after the 30-year-old picked up a hamstring strain on international duty with Spain.
Harry Redknapp, 65, will only return to management if he gets a chance to lead another top club. "It would have to be something I'd really want to do," he said. "I wouldn't just dive in and take any job for the sake of it."
Injured Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker, 32, could be sidelined until Christmas as he is struggling to recover from Achilles surgery.
Former Real Madrid and Barcelona manager Raddy Antic, 63, is a shock contender to become the new Blackburn manager. Antic, who spent four years playing for Luton in the early 1980s, last managed his national team, Serbia.
Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is preparing to claim millions of pounds from the remains of the old club that collapsed earlier this year, saying the RFC Group he used to buy the Ibrox outfit held a valid security over the assets sold to Charles Green's Sevco consortium.
Rangers chief executive Charles Green claims that £17m has been pledged so far in the Ibrox club's share issue.
Scottish Football Association performance director Mark Wotte reckons the demise of the nation's football will only be halted when the country's kids get off Buckfast and burgers.
Former Chelsea and Germany midfielder Michael Ballack, 36, has been arrested in Spain after being caught speeding at 211 km/h (131mph) in a 120 km/h (75 mph) zone.
Tsanko Tsvetanov, 42, has been sacked as manager by Bulgarian top flight club Etar Veliko Tarnovo for the third time this season.
When Third Division leaders Queen's Park visit Ibrox, it will resurrect world football's oldest rivalry - the Spiders having first played Rangers 137 years ago.
The last time Queen's Park beat Rangers, in the semi-finals of the Glasgow Merchants' Charities Cup in 1953, the result was decided by the toss of a coin.
When they entertain Queen's Park, Rangers will smash the Third Division attendance total for the past two seasons put together in only their fourth home league game.