Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Sir Alex Ferguson missed Manchester United's goalless draw with Valerenga on Sunday so he could push through the signing of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, 28.
Ferguson now heads the queue to sign Van Persie after Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted for the first time that he does not expect to sign the Dutchman.
Manchester United are also hoping to take advantage of Malaga's financial crisis to sign Spain Under-21 international midfielder Isco, 20.
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, 31, has ruled out a move to big-spending French giants Paris Saint Germain after insisting contract talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge have not stalled.
Liverpool are set to miss out on signing Clint Dempsey, 29, this summer as boss Brendan Rodgers is not impressed with Fulham's £10m asking price for the USA forward.
Chelsea are hoping to tie up a deal for Wigan forward Victor Moses, 21, before Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester City.
Nottingham Forest are attempting to sign Norwich City's Spanish youth international central defender Dani Ayala on a season-long loan.
Tottenham are reassessing their next move after 22-year-old Malaga striker Salomon Rondon, a key target, opted to join Russian side Rubin Kazan.
Blackpool have failed to agree a deal with Emile Heskey, 34, who has been training with the Seasiders after leaving Aston Villa.
Birmingham are attempting to beat Huddersfield to the signing of Norwich striker James Vaughan, 24. The Terriers have already lodged a £1m bid.
Birmingham are also set to sign West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 19, on a season-long loan, while former West Brom midfielder Somen Tchoyi has joined the club on trial.
New Everton signing Steven Pienaar, 30, has urged Leighton Baines to stay loyal to the Toffees as the left-back continues to be linked with Manchester United.
Real Madrid's former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, says he would like to follow David Beckham and play for a USA side in Major League Soccer.
Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud, 25, believes his new club can recreate the underdog atmosphere which made him a title winner in France. Arsene Wenger snapped up Giroud from Montpellier, where the striker was part of the team that pipped Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title.
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Andy Carroll was given the chance to impress Liverpool manager in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Rochdale, but the game was abandoned after an hour due to a serious injury to Reece Gray.
Italian restaurant owner and former Scotland international Richard Hughes, 33, has announced he is coming out of retirement to join Bournemouth on a two-year contract.