Sunday's gossip column
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Manchester City and Arsenal will battle it out to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 25, ahead of Bayern Munich in January.
And Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make a £43m bid in January for Real Madrid's 25-year-old striker Karim Benzema.
The launch of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography this week - where he is expected to repeat claims that Wayne Rooney, 27, asked for a move last season - could scupper Manchester United's hopes of agreeing a new deal with the England forward.
Former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, 33, is set to join Championship side QPR on a free transfer.
Cristiano Ronaldo is having French lessons to prepare for a world-record £100m move to Paris Saint-Germain next summer, despite the 28-year-old forward signing a new five-year contract at Real Madrid last month.
Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend, 22, says his ban for breaching Football Association rules on betting drove him on to make a breakthrough at Premier League and international level.
Wilfried Zaha could be dropped from the England Under-21 squad. The Manchester United forward, 20, had a bust-up on the pitch with Ravel Morrison during Tuesday's 5-0 win over Lithuania.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke is confident that England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino, 20, will agree a deal to stay at the club.
England boss Roy Hodgson insists he is ready for the pitfalls of fatigue and boredom that could threaten his squad's chances at next summer's World Cup.
Chairman of the European Club Association and former West Germany international Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the Qatar World Cup could be moved to April 2022 in an attempt to solve the problem of severe temperatures.
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 26, says he is encouraged to play in a cavalier manner by his manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 30, wants a Champions League reunion with former team-mates Mario Balotelli, now at AC Milan, and Carlos Tevez, who joined Juventus during the summer.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp believes Arsenal's signing of 25-year-old forward Mesut Ozil's makes them favourites for the Premier League title.
Mansfield Town's kit man was left embarrassed after forgetting to pack the team's strip for their League Two match at Torquay.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp had an afternoon to forget at Millwall after a fan hit him in the face with the ball seconds before the hosts scored a 90th-minute equaliser.