Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Manchester United manager David Moyes has suggested that the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, to the club from Real Madrid remains a possibility.
Manchester City may buy a defender in January if captain Vincent Kompany, 27, continues to struggle with injury.
Cardiff forward Craig Bellamy, 34, has revealed Manchester United made a bid for him when he was at Manchester City in 2010.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the imminent returns to fitness of forwards Theo Walcott, 24, and Lukas Podolski, 28, means he will not need to buy a striker in January.
Real Madrid are said to be interested in Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta, 28, as an alternative if a proposed bid for Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, 24, fails in the January transfer window.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, 31, remains determined to make a move back to his native Argentina.
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 21, hopes a good performance in Saturday's derby with Everton will boost his chances of being named in Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke wants to extend his stay at the club beyond the end of the season when his current deal expires.
Meanwhile Clarke has responded angrily to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's criticism of referees' chief Mike Riley in the wake of the controversial penalty awarded against West Brom at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes the government has cost his club £10m after it denied US international forward Juan Agudelo, 20, a work permit ahead of a proposed January move.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has insisted he has never thought about quitting the club despite the various controversial decisions made during Vincent Tan's ownership.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has warned defender Chico Flores, 26, to cut out the play-acting that has infuriated some opponents in recent weeks.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has become the latest person to give Pope Francis a football shirt after meeting him in the Vatican City.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has claimed that Magpies striker Shola Ameobi, 32, is so intelligent that he could move into politics and even become Prime Minister after he retires from football.