Sunday's gossip column
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Manchester United will sign Leighton Baines from Everton for £15m in January. Former Blues manager David Moyes failed with several bids for the England left-back, 28, in the summer and Everton are looking at Swansea's Ben Davies, 20, and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, 24, as possible alternatives.
Liverpool are ready to battle Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal to sign AC Milan's out-of-favour striker Stephan El Shaarawy, 20.
Manchester United are not thought to have offered Wayne Rooney a new contract because they do not want to commit £70m on keeping him at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old striker is believed to be looking for an improvement on his current £250,000-a-week salary and wants a five-year contract.
Paris St-Germain are set to move for Chelsea's Spain midfielder Juan Mata in January. Tottenham are also interested in the 25-year-old.
Arsenal are plotting a £7m January bid for West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 26.
Inter Milan are planning an £8m bid for Arsenal's 27-year-old defender Thomas Vermaelen - who might be persuaded to move to get regular first-team football and ensure a place in Belgium's World Cup squad.
Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 28, is being tracked by Inter - who have money to spend following Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir's takeover.
Everton want Bruno Martins Indi. The 21-year-old Feyenoord and Netherlands defender is being hailed in Europe as "the new Sol Campbell" and the Toffees are poised to make a £6m bid.
Manchester United manager David Moyes will allow Wilfried Zaha to leave on loan in January. The England winger, 20, has made just one appearance since joining from Crystal Palace in the summer.
Tottenham are working on secret plans for a new 65,000-seat multi-purpose stadium that would allow them to share with a London-based NFL franchise.
Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis wants £2m a year to replace Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace.
Former World Footballer of the Year Zinedine Zidane has dismissed as "strange" Sir Alex Ferguson's claim in his new autobiography that Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, 33, is not a "top, top player".
Owen Hargreaves told a TV audience that he wants a private chat with Ferguson - who wrote in his book that the former England midfielder was one of his worst Manchester United signings.
Former Swindon and Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has been linked with a return to management at League One strugglers Bristol City.
Sunderland's Scotland striker Steven Fletcher, 26, says the Black Cats players were treated like "kids" by Di Canio.
Manchester City playmaker David Silva, 27, says he is baffled that his former Valencia team-mate Juan Mata, 25, is not playing regularly for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Mata and several of his Chelsea team-mates are 'uneasy' at Mourinho tinkering with his line-up so often.
Romelu Lukaku has put in some powerful performances since joining Everton on loan from Chelsea - and the 20-year-old striker smashed up a video game controller after losing a game of FIFA 14 to team-mate Kevin Mirallas.
Former England midfielder David Beckham is coping with life after football by obsessing over how to cook the perfect risotto.
Former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway allowed one of his players to pay his frequent fines by direct debit.