Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Tottenham are close to securing the £20m signing of 24-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian and have reignited their interest in Internacional striker Leandro Damia, 23.
Tottenham plan to move for 22-year-old Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic before the transfer window closes.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo will make a £35m move for Napoli's Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani, 25.
The Blues are set to continue their summer spending by clinching the £23.5m signing of 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle.
Arsenal will use the millions gained by selling Alex Song to Barcelona to attempt to sign defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, from Newcastle United.
French side Rennes expect midfielder Yann M'Vila, 21, to leave the club this week. The Ligue 1 side say they have received offers from Tottenham, Zenit St Petersburg and a third unnamed side, believed to be Arsenal.
Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, says he is being monitored by Chelsea as a possible replacement for the departed Jose Bosingwa.
Manchester United are considering a £10m move for 22-year-old Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera from Pachuca.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is hoping to sign Steven Fletcher in time for the Wolves striker to play some part in Saturday's visit of Reading.
Robert Green's career as QPR's number one goalkeeper could be under threat after just one game, as Hoops manager Mark Hughes seems keen on bringing in 32-year-old former Celtic keeper and current free agent Artur Boruc.
Liverpool are prepared for 23-year-old striker Andy Carroll to spend the season sitting on their bench, rather than sell him for a cut-price fee to a Premier League rival.
However, potential Carroll suitors Newcastle say they will not budge from their £12m offer made for a player sold by the Magpies to the Reds for £35m in January 2011.
Newcastle and Fulham are looking at FC Twente defender Douglas. The Brazil-born 24-year-old plays under former England boss Steve McLaren in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Former Norwich and Leicester striker Darren Eadie thinks more footballers should sign up for treatment to tackle depression, something he suffered from after retiring from the sport through injury at 28.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, 30, says Gunners fans need to give the much-changed team time to gel.
Reading boss Brian McDermott may have a better understanding of Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard than many other managers - he saw the star five years ago when scouting for the Royals in France and said: "I thought [even then] he was phenomenal."
Manchester United's 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Anderson suffered the ignominy of having his name misspelled as 'Andesron' on his own shirt during the Red Devils' 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Monday.