Tuesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours
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Marouane Fellaini, 25, delivered a transfer request in person to Everton after driving to the club's training ground on Monday evening to speak personally to manager Roberto Martinez and plead with him to sanction his switch to Manchester United.
Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, had his hopes of a transfer deadline move to Arsenal dashed when Magpies boss Alan Pardew and the United board told him that he would not be allowed to leave.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose, 24, has said no-one at White Hart Lane should begrudge former team-mate Gareth Bale, 24, his world record move to Real Madrid.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the Gunners have made the signing of the summer after completing a club-record £42.4m for Real Madrid's 24-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil.
German international Ozil is believed to have turned down a bigger offer from French side Paris Saint-Germain to join the Premier League side.
Manchester United were knocked back by Real Madrid after making an offer of £35m for 26-year-old Germany midfielder Sami Khedira.
Real Madrid were prepared to let Khedira leave the Bernabeu, but they wanted United to make an improved bid.
Chelsea blocked Arsenal's bid to take striker Demba Ba, 28, on a season-long loan to the Emirates because Jose Mourinho saw the Gunners as serious title rivals.
Arsenal had competition from Roma, with the Italian Serie A side keen on taking the Senegal striker on loan.
Porto midfielder Fernando, 26, appears to have ruled out a £15m move to Everton via his Instagram account.
England's medical team studied photographs of Wayne Rooney's cut forehead before ruling him out of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Scotland coach Mark McGhee describes Friday's World Cup qualifying opponents Belgium as a "step up" on their previous opponents, England.
Returning AC Milan midfielder Kaka, 31, is hopeful that he can forge a relationship with former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 23, similar to the one he had with Filippo Inzaghi.
GLOBAL GOSSIP (supplied by BBC Monitoring)
Middlesbrough's £4m bid for Genk's Belgium international forward Jelle Vossen, 24, was described as "a timid attempt" by the sporting director Dirk Degraen.
Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 30, believes Real Madrid overpaid on their world record purchase of Gareth Bale, and says the 24-year-old will have to rise to increased expectations.
Thrifty Arsenal fans have avoided splashing out on a personalised Mesut Ozil shirt by simply adapting an old Arsenal O2-sponsored kit.