Thursday's gossip column
Manchester City are ready to begin a £60m-plus overhaul of their squad with summer moves for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 25, and Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21.
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has made Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz, 25, his number one summer target.
Manchester City and Arsenal target Stephan El Shaarawy, 20, is set to sign a new deal that will keep the striker at AC Milan until the summer of 2018.
Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 25 - who was the subject of five failed bids from Norwich during the January transfer window - wants to move to Tottenham in the summer.
Sunderland are keen on Zambia international centre-half Stoppila Sunzu, 23, who is also attracting interest from Reading.
Tottenham defender William Gallas, 35, looks set to leave the club when his current contract expires this summer, with manager Andre Villas-Boas believing that his squad has too many centre-backs.
West Ham's hopes of landing Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 24, from Vitesse Arnhem, are fading after he signalled his desire to join a Russian club this month.
Liverpool have enquired about Sampdoria's 19-year old striker Mauro Icardi, who is also being watched by Tottenham and Manchester City, but looks poised to join Inter Milan.
Liverpool tried to sign Hungary winger Balazs Dzsudzsak, 26, during the January transfer window but Dynamo Moscow refused to sell.
Brazil star Leandro Damiao, 23, is keen on a move to Italy this summer despite interest from Spurs for the Internacional striker in the last four transfer windows.
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, is set to be available for Thursday's Europa League tie against Metalist Kharkiv despite being arrested near Newcastle's training ground on suspicion of fraud.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will begin contract talks with the club's board in the coming days - his current deal expires at the end of next season.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson hopes that ex-Man City midfielder Michael Johnson will "find himself again" after the 24-year-old's recent departure from the Etihad Stadium following a string of injuries and off-field problems.
The Football League is planning to outlaw the practice that allowed Watford to field seven loan players in their recent match against Crystal Palace.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, 35, says he would love to return to the club in some capacity when his stint in the MLS with New York Red Bulls comes to an end.
Bradford City have been given permission by the Football League to have two mascots for their Capital One Cup final meeting with Swansea City later this month, meaning nine-year-old cancer survivor Jake Turton can lead his local team out at Wembley.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has lent his voice to the city's new Metrolink route. Keeper Joe Hart, skipper Vincent Kompany and midfielder James Milner have also recorded passenger announcements for the tram service on matchdays.
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is taking a keen interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers after his Birmingham-based sparring partner Joe Egan told him of comments from Wolves manager Dean Saunders likening the club's current plight to that of Tyson.