Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Chelsea have rejected a £30m bid from Manchester City for 25-year-old Brazilian defender David Luiz. City are in the hunt for defensive cover with Micah Richards out of action for 10 weeks through injury.
Borussia Dortmund confirm the club have rejected a number of offers for striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, amid speculation of interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
Liverpool owner John W Henry is willing to oversee the sale of two midfielders - Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing - to fund a substantial offer for Fulham's 29-year-old American international Clint Dempsey.
The two Milan clubs, Inter and AC, are competing to sign £8m-rated Holland international Nigel de Jong, 27, from Manchester City. De Jong, who joined City from Hamburg for £18m in January 2009, has only one year remaining on his contract in Manchester and is keen to move on.
Newcastle want former striker Andy Carroll, 23, on loan for the rest of the season from Liverpool with a view to a permanent £12m deal, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is reluctant to accept such an offer.
Michael Dawson's proposed move to QPR from Tottenham has hit a snag, and Sunderland and Stoke are now hoping to sign the experienced 28-year-old England defender for around £10m.
Former Arsenal striker Eduardo, 29, says he has no knowledge of a rumoured £7m Fulham bid, but admits he would consider quitting his current club Shakhtar Donetsk for another chance of Premier League football.
West Ham and Sunderland are competing to sign West Brom's Peter Odemwingie.
Tottenham have been told to up their bid for Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris, 25, after having a offer for the France international turned down by the Ligue 1 side earlier in the summer.
Spurs have already increased their offer for another player - Andre Villas-Boas wants 23-year-old Internacional striker Leandro Damiao to link up with new boy Emmanuel Adebayor.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says he is willing to loan 23-year-old Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin to an English club, but he "couldn't care less if he goes to Arsenal or Liverpool or Tottenham. I have no preference."
Mourinho also denies that Kaka is set for a move to Manchester United, after reports the 30-year-old will be loaned out to accommodate possible incoming midfielders such as Tottenham winger Luka Modric.
With just a year left on winger Theo Walcott's contract, Arsenal are focusing their attention on acquiring Sevilla star Jesus Navas. The 26-year-old Spanish international has a £35m buy-out clause but his club are expected to accept a much lower offer.
Players who have quit Arsenal over the last seven years have amassed 44 winners' medals between them at 11 different clubs, while those who stayed at the Emirates have empty trophy cabinets.
Manchester United and Manchester City are in dispute as neither club can agree on proposals to introduce Uefa-style financial fair play regulations in the Premier League.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers denies he is taking the Reds' Europa League qualifying match against Hearts on Thursday for granted, despite leaving the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson out of his travelling squad.
A hacker is being blamed for breaking into Real Madrid's club website and creating a profile page for Croatia international Luka Modric. The 26-year-old is being heavily linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu but remains a Tottenham player.