Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, who has been called up to the England squad.
Mario Balotelli is on his way out of Manchester City after partying 12 hours before last Sunday's home game against Tottenham. However, the 22-year-old Italian striker, who had been dropped from the squad and was not due to play, has not broken any club rules.
Fulham are interested in Molde defender Vegard Forren, 24, who has been linked with Manchester United and Everton.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has scouted Porto winger James Rodriguez, 21, for the seventh time as he eyes him up as a possible replacement for Nani.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are among the clubs considering bidding for highly-rated Derby midfielder Will Hughes, 17.
Espanyol and Valencia want to take Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, 21, back to Spain.
Internacional's Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, 23, a long-term Tottenham target, has delivered a blow to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas by admitting he wants to play for Real Madrid when he eventually makes the move to Europe.
Newcastle are set to renew their interest in Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy, 27, in the January transfer window after failing with a long summer pursuit.
Arsenal are reportedly ready to sell Emmanuel Frimpong in the January transfer window, with the 20-year-old midfielder's contract due to expire next summer.
Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has urged Karl Henry to 'tackle smarter' as he weighed up his options to replace the suspended skipper - including Frimpong.
Burnley's England Under-21 right-back Kieran Trippier, 22, is understood to be on Arsenal's radar.
Defender Rio Ferdinand, 34, has told Manchester United there is no guarantee he will sign a new contract to continue playing next season.
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunner Solsjkaer has distanced himself from succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as manager at Old Trafford when the Scot retires. Solsjkaer has just managed Norwegian side Molde to a second successive league title.
Former Derby, Hull and Preston boss Phil Brown, 53, is set to be installed as the new manager of Hartlepool.
John Terry has told friends of his relief after a scan confirmed no serious damage to the knee he injured against Liverpool, and the Chelsea captain hopes he could be fit in time to lead the Blues into their first Fifa Club World Cup next month.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has suggested that the Blues would have "been really crucified" if they had not reported the alleged racist abuse by referee Mark Clattenburg towards Jon Obi Mikel during a game against Manchester United to the Football Association.
Everton midfielder Leon Osman admits he had to persuade his seven-year-old son that his England call-up was not a joke.