Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
Chelsea's planned £38m January move for highly rated 26-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao could be scuppered by Atletico Madrid, who are preparing to offer him a lucrative new contract.
The agent of 22-year-old midfielder Lewis Holtby, the Everton fan now impressing for Schalke and who is wanted by Liverpool, says he has had offers from England and Spain.
Fulham boss Martin Jol is prepared to battle with his former club Hamburg for the signature of Catania's 24-year-old forward Takayuki Morimoto, who became the youngest player in J League history when he made his debut aged 15.
Manchester United and Arsenal are both keen to recruit Crewe's 18-year-old striker Max Clayton.
Stoke's 26-year-old striker Cameron Jerome's loan move to Blackburn is in danger of collapsing after the Championship side only offered to cover half his wages during his two-month stay.
Manchester United are tracking £4m-rated defender Vegard Forren. The 24-year-old Norwegian plays for former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde.
League Two Fleetwood Town, managed by Scotsman Mickey Mellon, have begun an ambitious move to sign Blackpool's former Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson, 34, on loan.
Several clubs are thought to be monitoring Nottingham Forest's 26-year-old midfielder Simon Gillett.
Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is set for talks to become the new manager of Championship side Blackburn.
However, Blackburn supremo Shebby Singh reportedly wants to offer legendary Argentina playmaker Diego Maradona an astonishing chance to become the club's new manager.
Henning Berg, who was part of Blackburn's title-winning side of 1995 and spent two years as coach of Lillestrom before being sacked in 2011, has also emerged as a candidate for the vacant manager's post at Ewood Park.
The Football Association has received details of a furious confrontation in the referee's changing room at Stamford Bridge involving angry Chelsea officials, referee Mark Clattenburg and Blues midfielder John Mikel Obi after the defeat against Manchester United on Sunday.
Former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams has warned his old club they will not end their seven-year trophy drought if they keep selling their best players.
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson is being linked with a return to English football - with League One side Hartlepool.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins says he is unaware of a reported incident in Sunday's defeat against Tottenham, in which goalkeeper Artur Boruc is said to have thrown a water bottle into the home crowd after he was criticised for the away team's second goal.
Leeds striker El Hadji Diouf, once described by his current manager as a 'sewer rat', says he loves being booed because it shows people are paying attention.
Fulham boss Martin Jol says choosing two from his four strikers - Dimitar Berbatov, Mladen Petric, Hugo Rodallega and Bryan Ruiz - is a "luxury problem".
Former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is set to become the next Ipswich manager, with an announcement due before the weekend.
Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has described scoring the winner for West Ham in an FA Cup tie against Manchester United in 2001 as "like having sex with Madonna" and hopes to spring a similar surprise when his team play Aston Villa in the League Cup this week.
Two middle-aged Tottenham fans were caught in a tug of war over goalkeeper Brad Friedel's jersey after the veteran shot-stopper threw it into the crowd in celebration of the team's win at Southampton.
A match in Argentina's Primera A division between fierce rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors had to be halted because of a gigantic inflatable pig.