Saturday's gossip column
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Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle it out with Turkish side Fenerbahce for the signature of 24-year-old Paris St-Germain attacking midfielder Javier Pastore.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also set to rival Chelsea and Real Madrid for the signing of Benfica and ex-Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic, 25.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is pondering a January move for Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 32.
Tottenham Hotspur could add to their squad by signing Japan forward Keisuke Honda, 27, in January on a free transfer from CSKA Moscow.
West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, 20, is being monitored by Arsenal.
Real Madrid are set to launch a £25m bid to beat both Arsenal and Manchester United to 22-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
Newcastle United could be about to offer out-of-favour Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25, a World Cup lifeline. The England international has only won 13 caps since his debut in 2006 and does not appear to be in national boss Roy Hodgson's current plans.
Stoke and Everton are interested in signing 22-year-old Marseille forward Jordan Ayew on loan in the January window.
Manchester United have been warned to hand 18-year-old midfielder Adnan Januzaj a new deal immediately - or risk losing him for nothing. Juventus general director Giuseppe Moratta has pointed out how United lost young midfielder Paul Pogba to Juve on a free transfer in 2012.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva, 27, has played down a possible return to Spain and says he is happy in Manchester.
Schalke and Germany midfielder Julian Draxler, 20, has expressed his desire to join Manchester United or one of the other big Premier League clubs in order to further his career.
Coventry boss Steven Pressley says he is shocked after Sheffield United sacked David Weir two days before Sunday's League One fixture against the Sky Blues.
Spanish forward Iago Aspas, 26, says he is finding it difficult being a substitute at new club Liverpool.
New manager Gus Poyet has followed in Paolo Di Canio's footsteps by telling Sunderland's foreign players to learn English.
After snapping up Gareth Bale this summer, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti's latest signing is his own daughter's boyfriend Mino Fulco - a nutritionist.
Former Scotland manager Berti Vogts was duped into believing England striker Wayne Rooney had a Scottish grandmother. Both of Rooney's grandmothers were born on Merseyside.