Tuesday's gossip column
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West Ham will offer Ravel Morrison a new contract in January following his superb start to the season. The 20-year-old midfielder has a £19m release clause which the Hammers want to remove to ward off interest.
Manchester United are favourites to sign 17-year-old Brazilian striker Bruno Gomes from Desportivo Brasil, despite interest from Real Madrid, Udinese and Sao Paulo.
Derby County boss Steve McClaren has accepted he will struggle to keep Will Hughes past the January transfer window with Liverpool and Manchester United vying to sign the 18-year-old winger.
Tottenham are lining up a move to sign 34-year-old Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo from Juventus.
Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 26, would consider a move back to his old club Arsenal, having struggled to cement a place in the Barcelona first team.
Arsenal's South Korea striker Park Chu-Young is set to join Championship side Wigan Athletic on loan for the rest of the season. Park, 28, has not started a Premier League game for the Gunners since joining them from French side Monaco in August 2011.
Schalke remain confident they can keep 20-year-old midfielder Julian Draxler, despite interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
Manchester United's Brazilian right-back Rafael, 23, says he wants to stay with the Premier League champions, despite being linked with a return to Brazil and a move to Corinthians.
Fulham boss Martin Jol is ready to battle Arsenal and Liverpool for highly rated defender Alexander Milosevic, 21, who plays for AIK in Sweden.
Manchester United will try to sign 21-year-old attacking midfielder Sergi Roberto from Barcelona in January. Roberto, who has represented Spain at under-21 level, is also wanted by Tottenham.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25, will not plead with England manager Roy Hodgson to pick him for the national team.
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 18, will not be rushed into a decision over his international future - but he is unlikely to select England. Januzaj has already rejected a chance to play for Belgium.
Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, says he remains confident of playing for England and has been inspired by Saints striker Rickie Lambert, 31, gaining international recognition.
Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 27, says England's players cannot bear the thought of watching the World Cup finals in Brazil on television should they fail to qualify.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his sense of smell can predict the different phases of matches before they happen, including when goals are scored.
Prince William joined a kickabout before a match between two of England's oldest amateur clubs - Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC - at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Cambridge wore a pair of Wayne Rooney's old boots for the occasion.