Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Arsenal have Benfica striker Rodrigo lined up as a possible replacement should Robin van Persie leave Emirates Stadium. The 20-year-old had a loan spell at Bolton last season.
Udinese are preparing to cash in on highly rated goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The 27-year-old Slovenia international was a target for Manchester United before they opted to sign David de Gea in the summer.
Manchester United will face competition from CSKA Moscow and Juventus for the signature of 19-year-old Basel midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich addressed manager Andre Villas-Boas and the Blues squad at the club's Cobham training ground after Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Everton.
Villas-Boas's future is in increasing doubt after his players openly criticised his tactics and team selections. They questioned the Portuguese's methods after he had blamed poor attitude and application for a run of poor recent results.
Former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann has played down speculation that he could take over as Tottenham manager if Harry Redknapp leaves to take the England role.
Former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is set to be offered the Leeds United job vacated by Simon Grayson.
Wolves are ready to turn to Steve Bruce to keep them in the Premier League after sacking McCarthy.
Wolves chairman Steve Morgan has backed former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley as having the necessary credentials to take over at Molineux, but warns that there are a number of well-qualified candidates.
Sunderland will triple the wages of winger James McClean, 22, after his superb run of form under manager Martin O'Neill.
Ledley King hopes he has done enough to convince Tottenham he is worth a new two-year deal.
Peter Odemwingie wants West Brom to tie manager Roy Hodgson down on a new contract in order to maintain stability at the club.
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs, who is poised for his 900th game for the club, believes Premier League players do not need a staged pre-match handshake to prove their respect for each other.
The break in protocol before Manchester United's league meeting with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday - which saw the visitors walk along the line of United players during the pre-match handshakes rather than vice-versa - was an attempt by referee Phil Dowd to keep Luis Suarez out of trouble.
Liverpool's American owners are set to fly in this week in an attempt to repair the damage inflicted by the Suarez handshake row.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has risked the wrath of Manchester City fans on Twitter, laughing at Kolo and Yaya Toure's Africa Cup of Nations final defeat for Ivory Coast.