Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Liverpool want Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, 22, and will sell midfielders Charlie Adam, 26, and Stewart Downing, 28, to raise the funds to buy him.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, 30, could be set for a shock return to West Ham before the end of the transfer window.
Manchester City are closing in on Fiorentina's 19-year-old Serbia defender Matija Nastasic, with Montenegro defender Stefan Savic, 21, - plus cash - going the other way.
QPR are set to complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 32, from Inter Milan.
Tottenham hope to complete the triple signing of Moussa Dembele, 25, from Fulham, Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 25, and Shakhtar Donetsk striker Willian, 24.
Genk's 21-year-old international striker Christian Benteke has emerged as a leading target for Aston Villa.
Sunderland are hopeful of beating Liverpool to the signing of striker Clint Dempsey, 29, after opening talks with Fulham over a transfer.
Barcelona will this week sanction the loan departure of Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay, 26, with Arsenal and Tottenham interested.
Everton have made an enquiry for Dundee United's highly-rated 22-year-old forward Johnny Russell.
Wigan are trying to sign Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza, 25, from MLS side Sporting Kansas City.
Manchester City are considering a deadline-week swoop for Benfica midfielder Javier Garcia, 25, who has a £25m buy-out clause in his contract.
Southampton have finally agreed a club-record £11m deal for Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 21, and will pay him £45,000 a week.
Fulham want to sign Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson, 27, with QPR and Reading monitoring his situation.
Blackburn are handing Racing Genk goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski, 22, a trial as they prepare to sell Mark Bunn, 27, to Norwich for £1m.
Tottenham's new partnership with Real Madrid will require managers Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho to work together just years after they had a spectacular falling-out.
Liverpool fear Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who missed six months of last season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, could be out for two months with a thigh injury.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has banned the club's young stars from driving sports cars from new sponsors Chevrolet.
US television channel Fox, which is making a documentary about Liverpool, have released a sneak preview of the programme in which 17-year-old Raheem Sterling receives a dressing down from manager Brendan Rodgers.
American sportswear firm Nike are to take over England's kit deal from Umbro and produce a new away shirt as early as next spring.