Monday's gossip column
Last updated on .From the section Football
New Reading boss Nigel Adkins wants to raid his former club Southampton for 27-year-old striker Billy Sharp, who is on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Borussia Dortmund's stars have been telling Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, to turn down a move to Manchester United this summer.
Wayne Bridge is wanted by both Cardiff and Brighton. The 32-year-old Manchester City defender has spent the season on loan at the Seagulls.
Newcastle want Celtic's giant English centre-half Kelvin Wilson, 27, with Fabricio Coloccini possibly leaving in the summer.
Sacked Premier League managers Martin O'Neill and Brian McDermott have emerged as leading contenders to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland manager.
McDermott has spoken for the first time since he was sacked as manager of Reading. "It came as a real shock," the 51-year-old.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chelsea owe their run in this year's FA Cup to easy draws.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini joked he wanted to "punch" midfielder Samir Nasri, 25, following the Blues' 4-0 win over Newcastle.
Former Manchester United defender John O'Shea, 31, reckons the current crop of players at Old Trafford is one of the best in the history of the club.
Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie, 25, says new Royals boss Nigel Adkins has given them fresh hope of staying up.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
German side Hamburg have invited fans to a barbecue on 20 April, following their 9-2 defeat by league leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Brazil striker Neymar, 21, has refused to rule out extending his contract with Santos despite interest from Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Valencia's Paraguayan striker Nelson Haedo Valdez, 29, saw off two burglars who broke into his home in early hours of Saturday morning by throwing ornamental stones from his garden at them.
England midfielder Jack Wilshere got a taste of just how desperate Arsenal fans are to have him back in the side after he was mobbed at traffic lights while driving his car outside the Emirates.