Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Paris Saint-Germain have denied making an offer for David Beckham, who has announced he is leaving LA Galaxy next month.
West Ham co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are ready to offer the former England captain a return to the Premier League.
Beckham apparently has six options, with a return to the Premier League as well as a move to China, Australia or the UAE among them.
Middlesbrough are happy to wait until January to sign their former winger Stewart Downing on loan, with Liverpool eager to line up a replacement for the 28-year-old before they allow him to leave the club.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is not actively trying to sell 28-year-old Darren Bent, the £24m England striker he has stripped of the captaincy and relegated to the bench.
Tottenham pair Alex Pritchard, a 19-year-old midfielder, and Shaquille Coulthirst, an 18-year-old striker, have reportedly caught the eye of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Roma have approached Arsenal over a £5m move for 32-year-old midfielder Tomas Rosicky in January.
Juventus are interested in signing Liverpool target Pablo Armero, who is valued at £10m by the 26-year-old Colombian defender's current club, Udinese.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will be given up to £20m to spend on new players in January with CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev and Roma's Miralem Pjanic, both 22-year-old attacking midfielders, among the names being considered.
Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, 52, is being lined up to replace Roberto Di Matteo as Chelsea manager if Pep Guardiola refuses to take over before the summer.
Harry Redknapp is considering a lucrative move to manage Ukraine, increasing the pressure on QPR to make him an offer.
Mark Hughes has refused a request from the QPR board to resign as manager. Hughes would be entitled to pay-off in the region of £5million were the club to sack him.
Hughes is to turn to predecessor Neil Warnock's players to save his job after the dozen new faces he signed in the summer won none of QPR's first 12 league games.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has told Cristiano Ronaldo he will never be as good as Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Leon Osman by earning an England call-up after turning 30.
England is on standby to host next summer's Euro Under-21 finals amid concerns over the security situation in Israel, where the tournament is due to be held.
The FA will decide in the next 48 hours whether to charge referee Mark Clattenburg over allegations he racially abused Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter will make a visit to St George's Park on Wednesday to sign an agreement under which the FA will share information on areas such as coaching and stadium management with the sport's governing body and emerging nations.
A cheeky fan has posted a picture of Carlos Tevez's payslip on Twitter after taking a photo of it while the Manchester City striker was making a cup of tea at his house.