Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy, 27, wants to force through a move to Newcastle after the two clubs failed to strike a £4m deal in the summer.
Liverpool midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard, 32, says he would still like to play for Jose Mourinho, and is quoted as referring to the Real Madrid boss as "the Special One".
Striker Marouane Chamakh, 28, wants to return to Bordeaux from Arsenal because of limited first-team opportunities with the Gunners.
Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is wanted by Tottenham, who could sign the 29-year-old for a bargain £7m.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson must pay £36m if he is to sign 21-year-old Porto winger James Rodriguez.
Blackpool are refusing to meet Portsmouth's demands of £200,000 compensation for boss Michael Appleton to become the Seasiders' new manager - arguing that Pompey's financial problems should allow him to walk away for nothing.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is battling to save his job after crisis talks with Saints chairman Nicola Cortese.
Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio and fellow Italian Gianluca Vialli, formerly manager at Chelsea and Watford, are top of the list of Southampton's targets to replace Adkins.
Meanwhile, Adkins will remain in charge for Saturday's home match against Swansea after persuading Cortese to give him more time to turn things around.
Liverpool are preparing for a Premier League hearing to fight a charge of illegally approaching Clint Dempsey before the 29-year-old forward's move from Fulham to Tottenham.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 31, is likely to have to wait for his 100th England cap because a hamstring injury may rule him out of next week's friendly in Sweden.
A hamstring injury has ruined Celtic striker Gary Hooper's chances of a first England call-up for the Sweden game. The Football Association made contact with Celtic over the 24-year-old's availability but were told he would not be fit.
Former Tottenham captain Ledley King has backed Jan Vertonghen to given a run at the centre of Spurs' defence. The Belgian, 25, has played mainly at left-back since joining from Ajax.
West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie, 31, is set to put country before club and play for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations in January. He could miss five Premier League matches.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady is still hopeful of moving the Hammers to the new Olympic Stadium and says the club can create 1,000 jobs if they do so.
Referee Mark Clattenburg will not be interviewed by FA officials investigating allegations that he racially abused John Mikel Obi until next week.
AC Milan have held talks with representatives of former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola with a view to offering him the manager's job for next season.
Manchester City are lining up a move for former Barcelona scout Bojan Krkic. City have already recruited chief executive Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain from the Catalan club.
Football could crack down on player dissent by reintroducing the rule where free kicks are advanced 10 yards if players from the offending side show dissent, according to Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie.
Birmingham City and Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey, 29, is reported to leading the way when it comes to the best 'Movember' effort as footballers at a number of clubs grow moustaches to raise money for charity.
German side Schalke have become the latest football club to give supporters the chance to be buried in the club's official graveyard.