Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to make a spectacular return to English football in the summer - alerting former club Manchester United, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.
Brazilian side Corinthians have revived their interest in bringing back unsettled Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Newcastle have targeted Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 20, as a possible replacement for Danny Simpson, who has yet to agree a new contract at St James' Park.
Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi is set to ignore interest from Manchester City and sign a new contract with Roma.
Fulham manager Martin Jol says deadline day signing Pavel Pogrebnyak could be prevented from making his debut next weekend because of work permit complications.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean remains hopeful he can resolve the uncertainty surrounding defender Chris Samba's future with the club.
John Terry planned to announce his international retirement after Euro 2012 even before the Football Association decided to remove the England captaincy from him.
Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has called on the FA to produce a clear set of rules regarding the sanctions England players might face if charged with criminal offences.
Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas insists his team have more to play for this season than Sunday's opponents Manchester United. Villas-Boas also says he is not concerned by the form of Fernando Torres, who has not scored in the Premier League since September.
However, Villas-Boas is still fighting to save his Chelsea career - although claims Blues owner Roman Abramovich will reinstate Jose Mourinho are wide of the mark.
Former Gunners defender Steve Bould is the hot favourite to take over as Arsene Wenger's new assistant manager next season.
Everton's Steven Pienaar, on loan from Tottenham, has warned the Londoners that big clubs will make further attempts to sign their prized playmaker Luka Modric in the summer.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert insists the club are not yet safe from relegation, despite securing their eighth win of the Premier League season with a 2-0 victory over Bolton.
Sunderland's Danish international striker Nicklas Bendtner could return to training wearing a protective mask following a broken nose and damage to his cheekbone against Swansea last month.
Tottenham coach Joe Jordan believes Andy Carroll is beginning to settle in at Liverpool following his high-profile £35m move from Newcastle last year.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident goalkeeper David de Gea will prove his worth in the English game and says the Spaniard's mistakes have been highlighted because he plays for the current Premier League champions.
Burnley have confirmed that Centre of Excellence manager Vince Overson, the club's former defender, who has been on 'gardening leave' since November, has formally left Turf Moor.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Eren Derdiyok suffered a freak injury when he knocked over the glass in which he keeps his toothbrush, then trod on a rogue shard and needed seven stitches in a cut.