Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a move from QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt, 23.
Ferguson is also focusing his attention on £15m Everton player Leighton Baines, 27, after opting not to try to sign 31-year-old Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.
Striker Darren Bent, 28, is closing in on a January loan to Liverpool after being axed by Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert for the home draw with Arsenal.
Bent will know if his future lies away from Villa Park should Lambert leave him out of Tuesday's clash with Reading.
AC Milan are hoping to beat Manchester United to the signing of Inter Milan's 28-year-old midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Manchester City are ready to compete with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Spurs for Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-year-old Brazilian attacking player Willian.
City also face a battle Arsenal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is set to up his interest.
Roberto Mancini is closing in on a £25m deal to bring Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi, 29, to Manchester City.
AC Milan forward Robinho, 28, says he has been "sounded out" by clubs back in his native Brazil and is keeping an open mind about a January move.
Chelsea are preparing to pull off a major coup by luring Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, 25, to Stamford Bridge.
Swansea are keeping tabs on Braga striker Eder, 24, and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, 25, fuelling speculation about the future of Danny Graham, who has been linked with Norwich after going from top scorer last season for Brendan Rodgers to substitute this year under manager Michael Laudrup.
Jack Wilshere, 20, opens talks with Arsenal over a new deal as manager Arsene Wenger prepares to hand the England midfielder the captaincy.
Chelsea held peace talks with referee Mark Clattenburg, 37, on Monday and the official could referee Blues' games in the future.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 30, says his team-mates must adapt to life under new manager Rafael Benitez or leave the club.
New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has labelled his new players at Loftus Road "embarrassing".
Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, 30, seems to have developed a new accent while at Marseille, as noticed during a news conference with the French media.