Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Florent Malouda's hopes of ending his Chelsea stay have suffered a setback after Santos distanced themselves from a move for the 32-year-old French winger.
Goalkeeper David de Gea, 21, insists he is happy at Manchester United and is not looking to return to Spanish football, despite reported interest from Real Madrid.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all had scouts watching Genoa full-back Mario Sampirisi, 19, against AC Milan on Saturday.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in signing Paris St-Germain's Uruguayan defender Diego Lugano, 31.
United will have to stump up £25m if they want to sign PSV Eindhoven's Kevin Strootman, 22, after Sir Alex Ferguson missed out on the chance to sign the Dutch midfielder for just £10m last year.
Newcastle appear to have won the race to sign France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 23, from Toulouse despite interest from Spurs, Liverpool, Everton and Fulham.
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes is facing a seven-day battle to keep his job and could be sacked if he cannot win next weekend's home match against Reading.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce claims striker Andy Carroll, 23, still needs more protection from referees.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged Roy Hodgson not to pick fit-again Jack Wilshere, 20, for England's friendly against Sweden next month.
Roberto Mancini's future as Manchester City manager rests on his ability to forge a working relationship with Txiki Begiristain following the former Barcelona technical director's appointment as director of football at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo says he has the option of recalling Romelu Lukaku, 19, from his one-year loan spell at West Brom.
West Brom captain Chris Brunt, 27, is ready to discuss terms for an extension to his contract which ends at the end of the 2014 season.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has told Adam Johnson, 25, to stop trying too hard as the England winger has struggled for form since signing for the club last summer from Manchester City.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke says he has no intention of rushing into the January transfer market, having told the club he is happy with the squad he has.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins insists that confidence among his players remains high despite defeat at home to Tottenham - the club's seventh defeat in nine games this season.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has told his players he will pay for their shirts after they celebrated their 2-1 win over Southampton by throwing them into the away stand.