Sunday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

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.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

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.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

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.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

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.

Full story: the Sun (subscription needed)

OTHER GOSSIP

Pep Guardiola
Guardiola won 14 major honours while in charge of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012

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.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

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.

Full story: the Sun

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.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

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.

Full story: Sunday People

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 34, says the way some Premier League clubs treat the England national team is "a disgrace".

Full story: Mail on Sunday

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.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

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.

Full story: Sunday Express

Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet won the Uefa Cup Winners Cup during his time with Real Zaragoza in Spain

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.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

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.

Full story: the Sun

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, 55, says a point against Ukraine would be a "massive" result for Roy Hodgson's team in Kiev.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

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.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

The Newcastle protestors hope their march will help find a new owner for the club.

Full story: Evening Chronicle

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.

Full story: the Observer

AND FINALLY

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, 45, has ordered his foreign signings to learn English - to avoid cliques developing in the dressing room.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Queens Park Rangers full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 29, has been pictured skydiving in Miami.

Full story: Metro