Tuesday's Gossip column
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is trying to get Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 31, to play for him for a fifth time.
Striker Danny Graham, 27, has asked to quit Swansea - with Sunderland ready to complete a £5.5m transfer.
Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 29, has emerged as a shock target for Barcelona.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, is among Bayern Munich's top summer transfer targets as incoming manager Pep Guardiola begins planning for next season.
Queens Park Rangers and Everton will go head to head for South Korean striker Kim Shin-Wook, 24. The 6ft 5in Ulsan Hyundai striker has been dubbed the "Korean Peter Crouch".
Arsenal have opened talks to sign Barcelona's Spain striker David Villa, 31.
Tottenham are trying to secure a last-minute deal for £20m Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, 23, from Internacional.
AZ Alkmaar's midfielder Adam Maher, 19, has been urged to join Arsenal - by his own manager.
Wigan are stepping up their efforts to sign Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero, 23, from Mexican side Monarcas Morelia in a £2.75m deal.
Norwich City striker Grant Holt, 31, could be allowed to leave if manager Chris Hughton can sign either Celtic's Gary Hooper, 25, or Sporting Lisbon's Ricky van Wolfswinkel, 24, as a replacement.
Fulham are close to signing Brazilian-born Belgium international striker Igor de Camargo, 29, from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Turkey striker Colin Kazim-Richards, 26, on loan at Blackburn Rovers, is being recalled by Galatasaray and sold to Bursaspor.
Sourced by BBC Monitoring
Pep Guardiola will be handed a 278m euro spending fund for his first season with Bayern Munich, with which he may make an offer for Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid may also be a target for the former Barcelona coach.
French midfielder Etienne Capoue, 24, is keen to leave Toulouse, with QPR and Tottenham seen as likely suitors. The French club price him at £12.8m.
Newcastle are said to be preparing an offer for Standard Liege's William Vainqueur, 24.
Brazilian midfielder Michel Bastos, 29, has been signed by Schalke 04 to replace Lewis Holtby, 22, whose move to Tottenham was confirmed on Monday.
Bordeaux have announced the signing of Uruguayan teenager Rolan Diego, 19, from Defensor Sporting.
Rafa Benitez's future as Chelsea manager is hanging by a thread after the club launched a high-level inquest into his Stamford Bridge reign.
Free agent David Beckham has agreed a top-secret plan with Arsenal to train with the first-team squad while he ponders his next move.
France defender Gael Clichy, 27, says Manchester City can get under the skin of neighbours United and derail their title bid again.
Brentford forward Clayton Donaldson claims to have witnessed on-field tensions between Chelsea players during the sides' FA Cup fourth-round 2-2 draw, with Ashley Cole regularly bemoaning a lack of movement in attack.
Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has said that former striker Thierry Henry is "pushing him" to complete a buy-out of the club.
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer advised Southampton defender Vegard Forren, 24, to choose the Saints over a move to Liverpool.
Paul Lambert has been handed the "dreaded vote of confidence" by Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner.
Paul Dickov's future as Oldham Athletic manager rests on Saturday's League One trip to Walsall after he was spared the sack following the club's FA Cup victory against Liverpool.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 28, is set to play for Cameroon next month for the first time in two years.
Manchester United star Paul Scholes was left red-faced when thieves stole his car - as he left it defrosting on his driveway with the engine running.
West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, 31, a target for QPR, says he lashed out at the Baggies on Twitter because he was bored.