Sunday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours
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Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, want an explanation from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about what went wrong in the summer transfer market, despite signing 25-year-old midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27.5m.
Manchester United remain interested in re-signing 28-year-old Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The Old Trafford club had set aside £80m to complete the deal in the summer.
Southampton striker Billy Sharp is wanted by Reading, Leeds, Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster when the loan transfer window opens up this week. But the 27-year-old fears he may have to stay as the Saints are refusing to subsidise his £18,000-a-week wages.
Bolton are interested in Crystal Palace's 25-year-old Ireland midfielder Owen Garvan, who could leave Selhurst Park after he posted a message on Twitter, which appeared to criticise Eagles manager Ian Holloway.
The Football Association turned down the chance to interview current Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, 42, for the England manager's job before appointing Roy Hodgson, 66.
Arsenal are reopening £15m contract talks with manager Arsene Wenger, and hope a £40m January transfer fund will persuade the 63-year-old Frenchman to sign.
The FA could toughen up work permit rules at a shareholder meeting on Thursday to make the criteria tougher for foreign players entering the country.
Roy Hodgson would have dropped Rickie Lambert, 31, and played Danny Welbeck as a lone striker in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine if the 22-year-old had not picked up a suspension.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 34, says the way some Premier League clubs treat the England national team is "a disgrace".
Manchester United want striker Wayne Rooney to sign a new contract keeping him at the club "well into his thirties", despite him being linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer. The 27-year-old's deal expires in June 2015.
Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes is determined to push through a revamp of his Old Trafford scouting network after being frustrated in the transfer window.
Swansea City's 49-year-old manager Michael Laudrup and former Brighton boss Gus Poyet, 45, are on a list drawn up by Portuguese side Benfica if they decide to sack Jorge Jesus after an unimpressive start to the season.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 28, is the player to replace 22-year-old suspended forward Danny Welbeck in the England team in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier away to Ukraine.
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, 55, says a point against Ukraine would be a "massive" result for Roy Hodgson's team in Kiev.
Newcastle fans plan to protest against owner Mike Ashley before the home game with Liverpool on 19 October. The controversial appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football, and his failure to add to the loan signing of 26-year-old striker Loic Remy, have angered supporters.
The Newcastle protestors hope their march will help find a new owner for the club.
Manager Chris Coleman, 43, will sign a contract extension this week, even though Wales are in danger of finishing bottom of their World Cup qualifying group.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, 45, has ordered his foreign signings to learn English - to avoid cliques developing in the dressing room.
Queens Park Rangers full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 29, has been pictured skydiving in Miami.