Monday's gossip column
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Chelsea are poised to spend £50m on Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 21, and FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, 22, in the January transfer window.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is due to address his team's striker shortage by attempting to sign Iceland's Alfred Finnbogason, 24, from Dutch club Heerenveen.
Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, 20, looks set to join Championship club Derby County on loan.
Sir Alex Ferguson reveals losing the Premier League title to Manchester City during his penultimate season at Manchester United was the biggest blow of his managerial career.
Manchester United are on the verge of losing the title if David Moyes does not quickly rediscover the club's air of invincibility, according to Alan Hansen.
Former England captain Alan Shearer has urged manager Roy Hodgson not to bow to calls for Chelsea's John Terry to be tempted out of international retirement.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is likely to escape a touchline ban for his side's visit of Manchester City after the Portuguese was sent to the stands for an outburst aimed at referee Anthony Taylor during Saturday's 4-1 win over Cardiff City.
Meanwhile, Cardiff will seek an explanation from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited general manager, Mike Riley, as to why the referee, Taylor, allowed Samuel Eto'o's controversial Chelsea equaliser to stand.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 24, has been ruled out for at least another two weeks after suffering a setback on his recovery from abdominal surgery. He will miss the Gunners' next three games.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp says his side can beat Arsenal at the Emirates in their Champions League group fixture on Tuesday, despite his ban from the touchline for abusing a match official during the 2-1 win over Napoli.
Meanwhile, ahead of the fixture, Brentford manager and former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler says German football is more modern that the English game.
Former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is set for a return to management with Asian Singapore League club Brunei DPMM.
Neil Warnock could make a return to football as Birmingham City's director of football if his former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini completes a takeover of the Championship club.
In the wake of assistant referee David Bryan being hit by a smoke bomb in Tottenham's 2-0 win at Aston Villa, former Premier League referee Graham Poll says the safety of officials must be scrutinised before it is too late.
Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett, 22, is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club after scoring his first senior goal against Liverpool on Saturday.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, 35, says it is "strange" to have a goalkeeper like Iker Casillas on the bench. Casillas, 32, has played only once for Real Madrid this season and may leave in January.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini fired up his players for their 3-1 victory over West Ham by lying to them about Manchester United's result. Pellegrini told his players their rivals had beaten Southampton, neglecting to mention the Saints' late equaliser.
Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history when he struck for New York Red Bulls just seven seconds into their clash with Houston Dynamo.