Wednesday's Gossip column


Manchester City have set their sights on Barcelona forward David Villa, 31, to replace Mario Balotelli and have already made an enquiry about the £15m-rated Spaniard.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is to make one final attempt to sign David Villa after transfer talks with Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis.
West Ham are eyeing a move for 31-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk left-back Razvan Rat.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp and his Stoke counterpart Tony Pulis are arranging a swap deal involving strikers Peter Crouch, 31, and Jamie Mackie, 27.
Redknapp also wants to sign 28-year-old Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar for a third time, having managed him at Portsmouth and Tottenham.
Fulham are in talks to sign AC Milan's 26-year-old Dutch midfielder Urby Emanuelson on loan.
Nottingham Forest are closing in on the signing of 31-year-old Millwall striker Darius Henderson.


Ryan Nelsen waves goodbye at Loftus Road
Ryan Nelsen waves goodbye at Loftus Road
New Zealand skipper Ryan Nelsen was given a guard of honour and fans chanted his name as he walked off after his final game for QPR against Manchester City.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry insists docking teams points rather than doling out a fine is the only way to stop racism in football.