Monday's gossip column
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Crystal Palace will make another attempt to sign Manchester City's Abdisalam Ibrahim when the transfer window reopens in January. The 22-year-old midfielder's loan at Norwegian side Stromsgodset is due to end in December.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is considering a bid for Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25, to provide competition for right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
Benfica's 27-year-old Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay - who had reportedly been monitored by former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson - claims David Moyes blocked his £18m move to Old Trafford this summer.
Manchester City plan to give right-back Reece Wabara, 21, a new long-term contract - and a chance to play in the Premier League.
Tottenham's 22-year-old winger Andros Townsend, who scored a stunning goal in an impressive England debut against Montenegro last week, has agreed an improved deal at White Hart Lane.
Former England caretaker boss Peter Taylor is set to take over from Martin Allen at Gillingham.
Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is keen to replace David Weir as manager of League One's bottom club Sheffield United.
England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has called for the introduction of a club quota to limit the number of foreign players in the Championship and the lower tiers of English football.
Former England boss Glenn Hoddle, recently appointed to the FA commission to help the national team, says the thought of managing his country again "hasn't crossed my mind. I don't see that arising at the moment." Hoddle says of the current England squad: "If we don't change things there will be a problem - getting 11 good players out there isn't too bad at the moment but I fear in three years' time we're going to be struggling big time."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted the Magpies have "too many" foreign players.
But Pardew insists he is "comfortable" with the presence of former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear as the club's director of football.
For Saturday's home match against Liverpool, a group of Newcastle fans have organised a march under the banner 'Time 4 Change'. They are angry about the way owner Mike Ashley is running the club.
Victor Valdes, 31, is considering French club AS Monaco as a possible future destination after his departure from Barcelona at the end of the season, French daily Le Figaro reports.
Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas declined to comment on Gareth Bale's injury problems, saying the Welshman was no longer his player, Spanish daily Marca reports.
Torino's 25-year-old defender Danilo D'Ambrosio is likely to have his contract extended at the club after some strong recent performances, Italian daily La Stampa says.
The Football Association have earmarked a 418-room five-star Rio hotel for England's base at next summer's World Cup finals. It is little more than a mile away from the notorious Rocinha favela [shanty town] where a German tourist was shot earlier this year.
Liverpool's hopes of redeveloping Anfield are under threat because bats, a protected species whose habitat must not be "adversely affected" by building work, have been seen flying around the stadium.
Ireland Under-19 manager Paul Doolin said he "instantly thought of David Beckham" after Reading youngster Liam Kelly's remarkable halfway line effort against Sweden at the weekend.