Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Roberto Mancini is planning a major clear-out at Manchester City after being told by the club's owners that new signings will have to be funded by player sales.

Full story: caughtoffside.com 

Paraguay starlet Mauro Caballero,  17, is being tracked by Chelsea, but the Libertad striker is also interesting Bayern Munich.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Manchester City's highly-rated academy midfielder Ashley Smith-Brown, an England Under 17 international, is wanted by Barcelona.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to join the £3m chase for Birmingham's highly rated teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland. England Under-21 international Butland is currently on his second loan spell with Cheltenham and has also been regularly watched by Arsenal this season, but has yet to make a first-team appearance for Birmingham.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Carlos Vela

Carlos Vela is apparently not keen to return to the Premier League

Striker Carlos Vela wants to stay at Real Sociedad rather than go back to Arsenal. The on-loan Mexican striker, 23, is in Spain until the end of the season.

Full story: The Sun 

Long-time Spurs target Milos Krasic has indicated he is keen to join the north London club in the summer. The Serbia winger turned down a move to the club in January.

Full story: Metro 

West Brom will test Rangers' resolve with a new improved £2.5m offer for Scotland striker Steven Naismith after having an initial bid rejected.

Full story: The Sun

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is ready to step up his efforts to keep on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster at Celtic in a £2m move from Newcastle United.

Full story: The Sun

Celtic are ready to resurrect their interest in Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who is still out of favour three months before the end of his Sunderland contract, should they fail to sign Fraser Forster permanently from Newcastle United.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

OTHER GOSSIP

Struggling Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, has admitted to friends he's finding it hard to cope with his £35m price tag.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul reckons the good times are back at St James' Park after their win against Bolton moved them up to fifth place in the Premier League, level on points with Tottenham.

Full story: Newcastle Journal 

Roberto Mancini is fighting for his long-term future as Manchester City manager after his team's capitulation in the battle with Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title.

Full story: The Guardian 

Roy Hodgson, 64, says he is ready to commit his future to West Brom despite being second favourite to Harry Redknapp for the England job.

Full story: Birmingham Mail 

Grant Holt

Norwich's Grant Holt should play for England at Euro 2012 says team-mate Elliott Bennett

Paul Scholes, 37, will sign a new one-year contract for Manchester United but will decline an invitation to return for England at Euro 2012.

Full story: The Times (subscription) 

England midfielder James Milner says Manchester City's lack of ruthlessness away from home has cost them in the battle for the Premier League title.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

Norwich boss Paul Lambert says Premier League survival is still his priority despite beating high-flying Tottenham to move into 10th place.

Full story: Norwich Evening News 

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli could face a nine-game ban after the FA revealed they are deciding whether to punish his tackle on Arsenal's Alex Song, which referee Martin Atkinson missed during Sunday's game.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the Gunners can challenge for Premier League honours next season but they will need more consistency if they are to win a first championship title since 2004.

Full story: The Guardian 

Norwich midfielder Elliott Bennett believes his Canaries team-mate Grant Holt deserves the chance to represent England at Euro 2012.

Full story: Talksport 

Rangers director Andrew Ellis has launched a legal action against owner Craig Whyte demanding a quarter of the club's shares, claiming they were promised as part of his role in last year's takeover.

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers' administrator expects to hand over the keys to Ibrox to a new owner within 24 hours but has warned the three bidding groups that the taxman could still veto any deal.

Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Manchester City ace Samir Nasri has agreed to bet talkshow host and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan £10,000 that he will get his hands on silverware before his former club Arsenal.

Full story: Metro