Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours
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Newcastle will sign Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 23, if they lose in-demand 25-year-old shot-stopper Tim Krul, who is being lined up for a £20m move to Juventus.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is prepared to sell 28-year-old striker Nikica Jelavic, who is a target for West Ham, if he can find a replacement for the Croat.
Crystal Palace are poised to join Everton, Sunderland and Cardiff in the chase to sign £2.5m-rated AIK Stockholm winger Nabil Bahoui, 22.
Palace's new manager Tony Pulis has targeted a move for 23-year-old Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes as he bids to save the Eagles from relegation.
Arsenal are ready to step up their pursuit of Romania forward Ciprian Marica, who plays for Spanish side Getafe, in an effort to fend off Tottenham's interest in the 28-year-old.
Manchester United and Liverpool scouts were impressed by Dundee United's 17-year-old midfielder Ryan Gauld after he laid on assists for all four goals in their 4-1 win over Partick Thistle. The Tannadice club are demanding £6m for his services.
Tottenham are ready to make an £8m move for Sevilla midfielder Diego Perotti in January after the 25-year-old Argentine expressed a willingness to play in the Premier League.
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 29, will bank £1.4m if he is still at White Hart Lane in February under the terms of his £5m move from Manchester City at the start of last season.
Sunderland captain John O'Shea says the over-reaction of midfielder Charlie Adam and the Stoke bench to a Wes Brown tackle helped influence referee Kevin Friend in sending off his fellow Black Cats defender.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may have scored his side's equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Everton after coming on as a late substitute but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says the 24-year-old needs to improve in training.
Everton left-back Leighton Baines limped off in the Merseyside derby and the 28-year-old England left-back is expected to be out until the new year with a broken toe.
Crystal Palace's on-loan striker Cameron Jerome criticised Tony Pulis for his selection policy at Stoke but believes the new Eagles boss can save the London club from relegation.
West Brom captain Chris Brunt, 28, believes it is imperative the club offers a new deal to manager Steve Clarke, 50, who is out of contract in the summer of 2014.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce cancelled his team's day off on Sunday following their 3-0 defeat by Chelsea and he made his players come in for extra training.
Former West Brom and Bolton manager Gary Megson, 54, is ready to end his 21-month exile from management by taking over at League Two Scunthorpe.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has called the current Manchester United side "easily their worst in Premiership history" following their 2-2 draw with Cardiff City.
Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell, 26, revealed that during his time at Manchester United former manager Sir Alex Ferguson used to pull out a sword during youth team meetings to ensure his young players at Old Trafford behaved themselves.