Thursday's gossip column
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Sir Alex Ferguson's former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan claims the champions would have made "a star signing - one of the absolute best players in the world" in the summer if the Scot and chief executive David Gill had not left the club.
Chelsea and Manchester City are competing to sign Paris St-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 26, on a free transfer. The France international's contract expires in the summer.
Southampton will renew their interest in Cagliari's Italy international centre-back Davide Astori in January. The Saints considered signing the 26-year-old in the summer.
Chelsea hope to beat Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to the signing of 17-year-old Wolfsburg winger Julian Brandt.
Stoke's American winger Brek Shea is ready to go out on loan. The 23-year-old was substituted at half-time in his only appearance of the season so far.
Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson, 21, is a loan target for Blackpool following a trial at Paul Ince's side.
Fully story: The Sun
Brighton have signed Arsenal defender Tom Dallison, 17, on a two-year deal.
Full story: The Sun
Newcastle are considering a move for MK Dons winger Dele Alli, 18, after Alan Pardew sent scouts to watch him.
Emmanuel Adebayor will make his first appearance of the season in Tottenham's Europa League game against Moldovan side FC Sheriff on Thursday. Manager Andre Villas-Boas said he would have allowed the 29-year-old striker to leave this summer.
Mike Phelan and former striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are the favourites for the vacant manager's role at Middlesbrough.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho plans to return to former club Real Madrid for midfielder Sami Khedira, 26, and intends to get the Germany international "at any cost".
Full story: As.com (in Spanish)
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, says he was close to signing for Italian side Juventus in 2003, but chose Manchester United because of then manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Full story: Lastampa (in Italian)
Roy Keane's mum is upset at comments made about her son in Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography, calling the Scot's remarks "very nasty".
Full story: Irish Sun (subscription required)