Sunday's gossip column - transfers and rumours


Real Madrid and Paris ­Saint-Germain will open talks this week with Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, 32, about a ­summer move.
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole
Real Madrid and PSG are willing to offer Cole a three-year contract
But Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti says he "does not need" new players in January.
Liverpool are ready to go head-to-head with Newcastle for 21-year-old Valenciennes central defender Nicolas Isimat Mirin.
Manchester City could move for England defender Ryan Shawcross, 25, in the January transfer window if he doesn't sign a new six-year deal offered to him by Stoke City.
Sir Alex Ferguson has told Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Nani, 26, that he does have a future at Old Trafford despite being a target for Arsenal, Tottenham and Juventus.
Spanish side Espanyol could be set to make a surprise move for Stoke City striker Michael Owen, 33, during the January transfer window.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton will go back to sign £3m Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith, 28, after missing out on him in the summer.


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the club need to give top scorer Luis Suarez, 25, hope of a Champions League challenge if they want to keep him at Anfield beyond the summer.
Blackburn have added 32-year old MK Dons boss Karl Robinson to their managerial wish-list.
Wolves manager Stale Solbakken has warned defender Christophe Berra, 27, that his position at the club will be in doubt if he does not sign an extension to his contract.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spent part of the first half of his side's 7-3 win against Newcastle wrestling with the zip on his 'Michelin man'-style coat.