Tuesday's gossip column
Southampton and Liverpool both want to sign Celtic's 21-year-old defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is considering making a bid for Aston Villa's £5m-rated American goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 28.
West Ham midfielder Joe Cole, 31, says the Hammers would love to keep on-loan striker Andy Carroll, 24, beyond the end of the season.
Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle, 22, who can play either as a striker or as a winger, is believed to have already signed a pre-contract agreement to join Chelsea.
Stephane Mbia, 26, has upset QPR fans by appearing to ask fellow midfielder Joey Barton, 30, on Twitter if they can swap clubs again so Mbia can move back to Marseille. Mbia joined QPR from the French side in August, with Barton moving on loan in the opposite direction.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, 50, wants former Blackburn boss Steve Kean, 45, to join him if he returns as manager at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny, 23, insists Tottenham are not good enough to claim a top-four spot.
Liverpool are considering bringing forward plans for midfielder Steven Gerrard, 32, to have an operation on a shoulder injury. The Anfield captain was scheduled to have surgery in the summer, but it could happen earlier than expected.
England winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, must show Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson his best form after problems on and off the field. Zaha joined United in January from Championship side Crystal Palace, but was then loaned back to Palace for the remainder of this season.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 26, says he has had a better all-round first season in England than Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba. The Gunners forward has been criticised despite only scoring 17 times in all competitions since joining the club last summer from Montpellier.
Belgium-registered agent Daniel Striani has lodged an official challenge with the European Commission to Uefa's financial fair play regulations claiming it is an illegal restriction on his potential income.
Liverpool's policy of buying up houses around Anfield for a ground expansion and leaving them empty has driven the local area into dreadful decline, claim local residents.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Juventus will try to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, Real Madrid attacker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, 24, as they aim to mount a challenge for the Champions League title next season.
Relations between Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and his team are so bad that he is on speaking terms with only three players - goalkeeper Diego Lopez, 31, and midfielders Michael Essien, 30, and Luka Modric, 27.
Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal, 33, does not expect to be offered an extension to his contract which is due to end on 30 June. The Frenchman returned to the team last month after undergoing a liver transplant.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was spotted buying boxes and packaging in furniture store Ikea, increasing speculation that he is to leave Spain in the summer and return to England as Chelsea manager.