Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Chelsea have given striker Fernando Torres, 28, a month to prove himself - and are planning a bid for Metalist Kharkiv's Brazilian striker Taison, 24, if he fails.
West Ham are planning a move for Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani, 23, after missing out on him in the summer.
Roma are lining up a shock bid for Newcastle defender Danny Simpson, 25.
The agent of Brazilian prospect Bernard has dismissed claims Chelsea are in talks to sign the 20-year-old midfielder from Atletico Mineiro.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged winger Raheem Sterling, 17, to sign a new contract, with Chelsea and Manchester City ready to move for the England international.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Marseille forward Loic Remy - but the 25-year-old is only interested in Champions League football.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has criticised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over plans to sign the Eagles' England attacker Wilfried Zaha, 20.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, 49, is keen on taking over at Manchester City if Roberto Mancini loses his job - even though the former Chelsea boss has four years left on his deal in Spain.
Arsenal's players will be forced into taking significant pay cuts if they fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season.
Former Arsenal and Manchester City player Patrick Vieira, 36, wants football's leading authorities to introduce new rules that see clubs docked points or thrown out of European competition for repeat racist abuse.
Joleon Lescott, 30, will fight for his future at Manchester City after falling out of favour with manager Roberto Mancini.
Alan Pardew's job as Newcastle manager is secure despite a run of three wins from 13 games since he signed an eight-year contract.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, 31, is back in full training and could return to first-team action within a fortnight after a serious knee injury.
Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass, 25, insists their failure to win away in the Premier League this season is not putting pressure on their home form.
Swansea defender Neil Taylor, 23, is using the FA's new rehabilitation centre at St George's Park to help him recover from a serious ankle injury.
Sunderland defender Matt Kilgallon is determined to take his chance after being given a rare Premier League start against QPR.
Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 22, is out for the rest of the season after being told he needs shoulder surgery.
Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini are 'stripping off' for a novelty calendar - featuring suggestive cartoons of 12 top Premier League managers.
Darren Campbell, the Olympic medal-winning sprinter who worked with Fernando Torres towards the end of the 2010-11 season, says he could solve the 28-year-old Spaniard's problems in front of goal with just two weeks of intensive sprint training.
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