Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Gareth Bale, 22, has admitted he will struggle to reject the advances of Barcelona or Real Madrid should either come calling in the summer.
Tottenham are lining up Ecuadorian Christian Ramirez - a stand-out in the Under-17 World Cup - for £1.5m when the attacking left-back turns 18 in August.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is ready to make a £2.5m bid for Aston Villa's 30-year-old defender Stephen Warnock, who is keen to leave the Midlands club.
Swansea are ready to offer Aston Villa's £5m-rated former Cardiff defender James Collins, 28, a controversial return to Wales.
Scotland and Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, 30, has emerged as a summer target for West Brom if they cannot strike a deal with Birmingham to keep Ben Foster.
David Beckham has had a fierce bust-up with his LA Galaxy team-mates, having a shouting match with two of them while walking off at half-time in their game against New England.
Man City are preparing to listen to serious offers for striker Mario Balotelli, who took exception to being singled out during a dressing-room confrontation.
Balotelli, meanwhile, is at the centre of a storm following a dressing-room fight with Yaya Toure as the pair came to blows.
Man City captain Vincent Kompany insists title-race nerves are not getting to his team-mates.
Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill is hoping for the all-clear to keep Garath McCleary by offering the winger an £8,000-a-week deal.
Sir Alex Ferguson says David de Gea has finally "got a grip" of life at Manchester United after he was forced to drop the keeper earlier in the season.
Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia has been placed in temporary charge of Bayer Leverkusen after Robin Dutt was sacked following a fifth consecutive loss.
Football Association compliance officials will await data from betting monitors before deciding whether Preston North End players who allegedly leaked team selection information have a case to answer.
Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant took to Twitter to criticise manager Tony Pulis for playing him out of position in the 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Wigan.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Senegal striker Papiss Cisse has been inspired by eating curried goat on Africa Day.
Ronaldinho missed a sitter in Flamengo's win over Bangu, leading to TV stations slowing it down and showing it from all angles.