Saturday's gossip column
Manchester City are ready to outbid rivals Manchester United with a £35m offer for Benfica's highly-rated 23-year-old attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.
Queens Park Rangers could reignite their interest in former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack after the 35-year-old was told he is free to leave Bayer Leverkusen.
Former QPR manager Neil Warnock has been spotted with Leeds chairman Ken Bates outside a cafe in Monte Carlo. The Yorkshire club are still looking for a new manager after Simon Grayson's exit last month.
Liverpool and Manchester United have been put on red alert after Udinese's 24-year-old Chilean defender Mauricio Isla confirmed he is set to leave the Italian club at the end of the season.
Tottenham look poised to step up their interest in Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen after sending scouts to watch the Belgian against Manchester United on Thursday.
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit says even the signing of 21-year-old Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard would not save the Gunners from their current poor form.
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury and could return before the end of the season.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has backed calls from Gunners legend Denis Bergkamp for the club to sign stronger players.
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, has urged van Persie to quit Arsenal to further his career.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has told winger Matt Phillips, 20, to forget playing for Scotland because he will be an England star one day.
Everton must fight off interest from Manchester United for manager David Moyes when Alex Ferguson retires, according to Holloway.
Hypnosis could help Birmingham shock Chelsea in the FA Cup. Winger Nathan Redmond has turned to a sports psychologist to help him prepare for games.
A man has been charged with criminal damage after the St James' Park name was painted on the wall of Newcastle's ground following the removal of a sign.
Gary Neville is on a collision course with former club Manchester United after the club opposed his plans to build a supporters' club opposite Old Trafford.